Jian Zuo

Professor Jian Zuo

Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Jian Zuo is a Professor of sustainable construction, School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide. He is the chief investigator of a number of projects commissioned and funded by governments in China and Australia such as the Australian Research Council and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

His main research interest relates to achieve good health, safety and sustainability at both building and urban levels. There include: using alternative construction methods (e.g. prefabrication), technologies (Building Information Modelling) and policy interventions to achieve better environmental and economic sustainability of development projects. His other main research interests include: construction and demolition waste recycling, health and wellbeing of construction workers, smart construction, productivity of building users, indoor environmental quality in buildings, the mechanism for generation and mitigation of dust across the lifecycle of buildings.

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and 3 ESI Highly Cited Papers. His research is well recognized by the academic society, drawing more than 8000 citations since 2011 with H-index of 49.

He is serving as Co-Editors-in-Chief of Journal of Green Building, Associate Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production, and an editorial board member of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, International Journal of Construction Management, etc.

Professor Zuo has close relationship with the industry. He has been engaged by both Australian and international professional bodies to review green building and low carbon city development tools as well as resource efficiency issues.

Main research interests:

  • using alternative construction methods (e.g. prefabrication), technologies (Building Information Modelling) and policy interventions to achieve better environmental and economic sustainability of development projects;
  • construction and demolition waste recycling;
  • health and wellbeing of construction workers;
  • digital and smart construction;
  • productivity of building users;
  • indoor environmental quality in buildings;
  • the mechanism for generation; and
  • mitigation of dust across the lifecycle of buildings.

 

  • ARC Discovery Project: Improving thermal environment of housing for older Australians (DP180102019), Project Value $413,298, 2018-2020.
  • ARC Linkage Project: Re-considering sustainable building and design: a cultural change approach (LP110100156), Project value $625,000 for three years (2013-2017).
  • AHURI Project: The impact of policy settings on development viability and developer decisions, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Project Value: A$141,000 (2020-2021)              
  • AHURI Project: After the pandemic, can building homes rebuild Australia? Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Project Value: A$99,000 (2020-2020).
  • NCCARF Climate Change Adaptation Research Grants: A Framework for Adaptation of Australian Households to Heat Waves, Project value $468,000 for two years (2011-2013). ACG Category 1.
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Principal Supervisor Climate Risk, financial stability and adaptation: An assessment of the costs and benefits of enhanced design standards for buildings and infrastructure. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Marc Rossetto
    2019 Principal Supervisor Resource Efficiency in Built Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Oteng
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Application of Phytoremediation in Green Rehabilitation of Brownfield Urban Forms in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jian Cui
    2019 Principal Supervisor Resource Efficiency in Built Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Daniel Oteng
    2018 Co-Supervisor Pathway to Net Life Cycle Zero Energy Buildings - Filling Gaps in Current National Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hossein Omrany
    2018 Co-Supervisor Pathway to Net Life Cycle Zero Energy Buildings - Filling Gaps in Current National Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hossein Omrany
    2017 Principal Supervisor Sustainability Assessment of Building Demolition Waste Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Huanyu Wu
    2017 Co-Supervisor Carbon Zero Retrofit Small Scale Architecture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Gillian Armstrong
    2015 Co-Supervisor Tall Building and Sustainability: A Comparative Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Saurav Mitra
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Impacts of Cross-Regional Mobility of Construction and Demolition Waste in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Huanyu Wu
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Towards Sustainability in the Chinese Construction Industry: A Transition Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ruidong Chang
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Board Member Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews Elsevier Netherlands
    2018 - ongoing Board Member Scientia Iranica Transactions on Civil Engineering Scientia Iranica United States
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor Journal of Cleaner Production Elsevier United Kingdom
    2018 - ongoing Editor-In-chief Journal of Green Building College Publishing United States
    2017 - ongoing Board Member International Journal of Construction Management CRIOCM Hong Kong
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83130217
  • Email: jian.zuo@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4377
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 4
  • Room: 4 72
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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