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Dr. Ziyad Abunada

BSc (Civil eng), MSc.(Eng.), PhD (Cambridge)
Lecturer/Discipline Lead - Project Management
School of Engineering and Technology
Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre
3rd Floor, Room 3.12 - 120 Spencer St. vic3000
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Dr Abunada obtained his PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cambridge University- UK. His research focused on sustainable materials for remediation and contaminated land management. His PhD was part of the largest collaborative research project between academia and industry through Soil Mix Remediation Technology (SMiRT) project. Dr Abunada has more than 12 years of industrial experience working on civil engineering and construction projects in developing countries. Currently, Dr Abunada is working as a Lecturer at CQUniversity- School of Engineering and Technology, Melbourne. Ziyad's' current research revolves around the core civil and environmental engineering applications including contaminated land, waste management, sustainable water and wastewater management, and engineering for sustainable development. Currently, Ziyad is Co-supervising three Ph.D. students working on various topics including reusing recycled materials in subgrade as and in constructed wetlands for wastewater management, benefit realization in strategic projects as well as lean management practice in the construction industry in developing and developed countries.

In 2017, Dr Abunada’s research was ranked first and awarded the best research prize by ISESCO in the theme of environmental management. He also the recipient of the best paper award during AINAC conference in UAE, 2012. He is currently a member of the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) and Royal Society of Chemistry-UK. He is a peer reviewer for many SCI index journals including Hazardous material and the Journal of Environmental Management.


A civil engineering graduate with intensive academic and industrial experience. Dr. Abunada accumulated extensive academic, managerial and technical experience in the fields of civil and environmental engineering. He has advanced university teaching experience (2011—present). His research interests span from core civil engineering applications to engineering for sustainable development and project management. Dr Abunada's current research focuses on the various sustainable applications of the waste materials as well as quality and resource management within the mining industry.

Universities Studied At

PhD Civil and Environmental Engineering- Cambridge University- UK.

Universities Worked At

Cambridge University- UK

Antalya International University- Turkey


ISESCO, 2017 Best Research Paper Award in the field of environmental management (2017).

Cambridge University Trust- Islamic Development Bank Ph.D. scholarship

AINAC (Innovation Network Annual Conference- 2012) Best Research Paper in the Environment theme.

2nd best MSc thesis award- Universität Heidelberg- Germany, 2009.

Previous teaching

Environmental Engineering

Water Quality

Sanitary and Wastewater Treatment

Engineering for Sustainable Development

Fluid Mechanics


Soil Mechanics

Contaminated Land and Remediation Technologies

Introduction to Engineering Science

Professional Memberships

· Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE-UK)

· Project Management Institute (PMI) 

. Member of the International Water Association (IWA)

·Scottish Contaminated Land Forum (SCLF)

· Member of Cambridge University Engineering and Energy Society (CUEE)

· Member of Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society (CUEC)

· Fellow at Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

· Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU-USA)

·Affiliated member at the Water Science and Technology Association (WSTA-Bahrain).


Discipline Lead- Project management

Computer Software

Microsoft Project Management (MS Project),

Decision Support System & Multi Criteria Analysis (DEFINIT),

Green Buildings Design HVAC (REVIT)

MODFLOW, Flow Path,





· Guest Editor- International Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Engineering 

. Editorial Review of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Consultancy Work

Environmental Expert: Universal Group Consultants.

Project Manager: ENTEGRE consultancy Group- Istanbul

Project Manager: YAPI ve ALTYAPI Engineers- Istanbul

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4005 Civil Engineering
  • 4011 Environmental Engineering
  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Research Interests

Civil Engineering - Civil Geotechnical Engineering
Low Cost Materials for Engineering Applications


Civil Engineering - Construction Engineering
Sustainable Construction &Green Buildings


Environmental Engineering - Environmental Technologies
Innovative Remediation Technologies

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Management
Solid waste management (SWM) and its impact on natural resources

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