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Dr. Samer Skaik

BSc Eng (Civil), MSc CPM (Dist), PhD (Deakin), GradCertTEd, PMP, MCIArb, Cert.Adj (RICS)
Senior Lecturer - Project Management
School of Engineering and Technology
(03) 9616 0653
120 Spencer Street, Room 3.12-2 - Central Queensland University
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
About Me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at CQUniversity Australia. I am currently leading the research activities within the Project Management Discipline including teaching research related units and supervising research projects. My main areas of expertise include project management and construction disputes. Some of my recent research was published in the collaborative book - International Contractual and Statutory Adjudication by Routledge, where I contributed four scholarly chapters covering all Australian jurisdictions.

In Feb 2017, I completed my PhD study on construction adjudication at Deakin University. The impact of my research was recognised on a national level after being endorsed by the Australian Government for implementation across Australia. Furthermore, my research articles received three consecutive Brooking Prize Commendations Awards between 2016 and 2018. I was also a Finalist for the Research Achievement Award by PMI Australia in 2018.

In addition to academia, I have extensive experience in the construction sector serving in various project management and claim consultancy roles. For instance, I served as a Senior Projects Manager to deliver 'DAMAC Heights': the 5th tallest residential building in the world at the time. I am used to accepting appointments as a Claim Consultant or Expert Witness in international construction disputes. I am also a registered statutory Adjudicator with RICS Oceana under the security of payment legislation in New South Wales. 

I am an active researcher with a track record of 40 refereed research outputs in books, journals and conference proceedings. I am currently supervising many research higher degree students and looking to supervise a few more PhD students on new research projects relating to the future of project management profession & education as well as construction insolvencies & payment disputes.


  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Construction Management
  3. Project Management
  4. Higher education

Universities Worked At

  • Deakin University
  • Heriot Watt University


2018 Commendation Award, Brooking Prize, Society of Construction Law Australia
2018 Finalist-Reserach Achievement Award, PMI Australia
2017 Student Voice Awards, CQUniversity, Australia
2017 Commendation Award, Brooking Prize, Society of Construction Law Australia
2016 High Commendation Award, Brooking Prize, Society of Construction Law Australia
2016 (3 X times) Faculty HDR Publication Incentive Award, Deakin University
2014 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Deakin University.

Previous teaching

(2015-2017) School of Arch. and Built Environment at Deakin University, Australia

(2010-2014) Construction Management & Surveying Progrmme, Heriot Watt University, UK.

Professional Memberships

  1. Project Management Professional at Project Management Institute (PMP)
  2. Member at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  3. Panel Adjudicator, RICS Dispute Resolution Services, NSW.
  4. Fellow Member of Academic Sub-Committee, Society of Construction Law Australia.

Industry Reports

  1. Skaik, S, (2018), Written Submission, My response to Fiocco and Murray Reports on the security of payment reforms in Australia, NSW Fair Trading, December 2018.
  2. Skaik, S, (2017), Written Submission, National review of the security of payment laws in the building and construction industry, Department of Employment, Australia.
  3. Skaik, S, (2017), Written Submission to the Queensland Building Plan discussion paper, QBCC, Queensland. Government.
  4. Skaik S (2016), Taking Statutory Adjudication to the next level: Legislative Review Mechanism of Erroneous Determinations, Brooking Prize, online resources, Society of Construction law Australia.
  5. Skaik, S, (2016), Written Submission to the SOP consultation paper, Small Business Commissioner, South Australia Government, June 2016. Available at:
  6. Skaik, S, (2016), Written Submission to the discussion paper “Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System, ACT Government, February 2016.
  7. Skaik, S, (2015), Written Submission to the BCISP discussion paper NSW Fair Trading, December 2015.
  8. Skaik, S, (2015), Written Submission to the Queensland SOP consultation paper, QBCC, Queensland Government, December 2015.


  1. Peer reviewer for AUBEA conference proceedings 2019.
  2. Peer Reviewer for University of Tasmania Law Review Journal
  3. Peer reviewer for Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction.
  4. Peer Reviewer for Built Environment Asset and Project Management Journal.
  5. A friendly reviewer of FIDIC Yellow Book (2017).
  6. Peer reviewer for RICS Cobra Conference.
  7. Peer reviewer for AUBEA conference proceedings 2016.

Consultancy Work

Consultation for Mr John Murray AM, National review of the security of payment laws in the building and construction industry, Department of Employment, Australia, 2017.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Building

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Built Environment And Design

Building - Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Construction management, construction technology, Project disputes, alternative dispute resolution, security of payment


Curriculum and Pedagogy - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Project management education, assessment design, academic integrity

Law And Legal Studies

Law - Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
Construction statutory adjudication, security of payment laws, building regulations and policies

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