Research Team


Professor Tayyab Maqsood
Research Group Leader
RMIT University

Prof. Tayyab Maqsood has been involved in research related to C&D waste management for over 10 years. His research explores the issues of C&D waste management from a regulatory perspective as well as a technical, economic, and financial perspective. He is leading the C&D waste management research group at RMIT and is the founder of Australia's first National Construction and Demolition Waste Research and Industry Portal. He is a strong proponent of the Circular economy or cradle to cradle approach. He is also Associate Dean at RMIT.

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Dr Salman Shooshtarian
RMIT University

Dr Salman Shooshtarian holds a PhD in the Built Environment. He is an active researcher in the fields of sustainability, environment, construction health and safety and urban ecosystem.  He has experience in designing and performing empirical research projects (quantitative and qualitative) and has established collaboration with different research teams in several research projects. Salman is currently a member of the WMRAA's Victoria Waste Educator working group. 


Professor Tim Ryley 
Griffith University

Tim Ryley is Professor of Aviation, and currently Head of Griffith Aviation within the School of Engineering & Built Environment, Griffith University. His research expertise principally covers air transportation and environmental issues, but he has led a series of inter-disciplinary transport and engineering based projects, including topics of demand responsive transport and construction waste. Prof. Ryley has led or co-led research projects totalling over $5 million, typically funded by Research Councils or industry


Dr Savindi Caldera
Cities, Research Institute, Griffith University

Dr Savindi Caldera is a Research Fellow in the Cities, Research Institute, Griffith University. An expert in lean and green manufacturing, cleaner production and rapid capacity building, she has been working with public and private sector colleagues to enable resilient natural and built environments. She has engaged in a series of interdisciplinary research projects with SBEnrc and has collaborated with industry and government partners


Professor Peter SP Wong

RMIT University

Professor Wong is the Associate Dean of the School of PCPM. As at 2018 he has more than 80 publications and was awarded over AUD$1.5 Million research grants. Professor Wong is a chartered construction manager and a chartered quantity surveyor with solid industry experience. His knowledge and experience particularly in organisational and operational management in construction will provide a fundamental basis for effective operation of this activity.


Associate Professor Malik Khalfan

RMIT University

Dr Khalfan is an Associate Professor in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. Malik is an expert in the area of supply chain and his knowledge and experience can help develop a market in which currently inadequate supply chain in recovery of C & D waste management. In 2012-2014 he was a co-leader a project on developing a supply chain framework for waste minimisation for the residential sector that was funded by Sustainability Victoria


Professor Rebecca J. Yang
RMIT University

Professor Rebecca Yang is a scholar of building, construction and social practice who undertakes pure and applied research that can provide innovative solutions to the industry by integrating theories with cutting-edge technologies. Her expertise in stakeholder analysis and life cycle assessment is central to the successful delivery of this activity’s objective.