Professor Suzanne Jane Wilkinson

PhD, BE (Hons), PG Cert Teaching in Higher Education


I have a PhD in Construction Management and a Bachelors (Hons)  in Civil Engineering.

I have extensive research experience (including over 100 international journal publications) in disaster management, disaster recovery, and disaster reconstruction. I am currently working on a range of funded projects in disaster resilience, disaster recovery and disaster reconstruction. These include working with Auckland Council on their resilience strategy, working with Hunter Water in Australia on their resilience strategy and working on Christchurch recovery and the recovery from bush fires in Australia. I am interested in reconstruction and resilience and the management of the construction industry, especially in disaster environments.

I am the founder and Director of the Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction.

Research | Current

  • Disaster management and post-disaster reconstruction
  • Construction procurement and construction law
  • Construction productivity

Teaching | Current

DisMgt703 - Disaster Resilience and Management

CIVIL 790 - Civil Engineering Administration

Civil 715 - Engineering Risk Management


Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervision includes 20 students in Disaster Recovery, Disaster Reconstruction; Construction Procurement



Director, Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction

Deputy Head of Department, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Programme Leader - National Science Challenge - Resilience to Nature's Challenges

Areas of expertise

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Disaster Reconstruction
  • Construction Procurement

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Liu, T., Wang, Y., & Wilkinson, S. (2016). Identifying critical factors affecting the effectiveness and efficiency of tendering processes in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs): A comparative analysis of Australia and China. International Journal of Project Management, 34 (4), 701-716. 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.01.004
  • Mokhtar Azizi, N. S., Wilkinson, S., & Fassman, E. (2015). Strategies for improving energy saving behaviour in commercial buildings in Malaysia. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 22 (1), 73-90. 10.1108/ECAM-04-2014-0054
  • Mannakkara, S., & Wilkinson, S. (2015). Supporting post-disaster social recovery to build back better. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 6 (2), 126-139. 10.1108/IJDRBE-06-2013-0019
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sandeeka Mannakkara
  • Stevenson, J. R., Chang-Richards, Y., Conradson, D., Wilkinson, S., Vargo, J., Seville, E., & Brunsdon, D. (2014). Organizational Networks and Recovery following the Canterbury Earthquakes. Earthquake Spectra, 30 (1), 555-575. 10.1193/022013EQS041MR
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alice Chang-Richards
  • Hewitt, J., Wilkinson, S., & Potangaroa, R. (2014). Change and continuity in post-Katrina New Orleans. Proceedings of the ICE-Urban Design and Planning, 167 (4), 156-164. 10.1680/udap.13.00017
  • Mannakkara, S., & Wilkinson, S. (2014). Re-conceptualising “Building Back Better” to improve post-disaster recovery. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 7 (3), 327-341. 10.1108/IJMPB-10-2013-0054
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sandeeka Mannakkara
  • Liu, T., & Wilkinson, S. (2014). Large-scale public venue development and the application of Public–Private Partnerships (PPPs). International Journal of Project Management, 32 (1), 88-100. 10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.003

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1010
New Zealand

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