Mr Fahim Ullah
Casual Academic

Mr Fahim Ullah

Degree                                                                              University      Outcome                                                                              Years

PhD (Built Environment)                                               UNSW                12 Publications, Outstanding Researcher                     2017 – March 2021

                        of the year, Two Best Paper Awards                 

Masters by Research (CPM)                                          NUST                 Presidential Gold Medal Award, High Distinction,   2013 – 2015

                        4 Publications, High Achievers Award                

UG Civil Engineering (CPM)                                          NUST                 Distinction, Gold Medal Nominee                                 2009 – 2013

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

→ Casual Lecturer at the School of Built Environment, University of New South Wales Sydney

→ Casual Academic Tutor, Teaching and Research Assistant, and Ph.D. Scholar at the University of New South Wales Sydney.

→ Lead Lecturer, Course Convener, and Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

→ Former Lecturer at National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad Pakistan.

→ Former Assistant Manager Project Planning at Bin Nadeem Associates/FWO, Pakistan.

→ Former Planning Engineer and Malik Abdul Hanan and Sons, Pakistan.

PhD Research Lab, Level 6, School of Built Environment, Red Centre West Wing, UNSW 2052 Kensington, Sydney Australia

  • Awards                                                                                                                                                                                               Year

  • Outstanding Research Student Award by ARC Post Graduate Council UNSW Sydney                                                        2018
  • Best Student Paper Award at AUBEA 2018 conference                                                                                                             2018
  • Name Carved at NUST Wall of Honour due to exceptional research performance                                                             2018
  • Presidential GOLD MEDAL Receiver for highest GPA in Master of Construction Management                                       2017
  • Chairman’s best paper of the conference award (Joint) in ICEC 2017 Dec 1-2 Karachi Pakistan                                    2017
  • HIGH ACHIEVERS AWARD for Academic excellence in Master by Research                                                                       2015
  • Nominated for RECTOR’S GOLD MEDAL for UG final year project on INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS TECHNOLOGY     2013
  • Funding, Scholarships & Research Grants                                                                                                                           Year

  • HDR Completion Scholarship UNSW Built Environment                                                                                                        2021

  • The Wightman Bequest Ph.D. Top-Up Scholarship Winner UNSW Built Environment                                                     2018
  • UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarship (TFS) for Ph.D.                                                                                                                         2017
  • Higher Education Commission Pakistan UESTP Scholarship for Ph.D.                                                                                 2017


  1. Technology Adoption in Construction, Real Estate & Property Management
  2. Smart City Management: Applications of Disruptive Technologies


  1. Improving the Concession Period of Public-Private Partnership Projects in Infrastructure Construction Projects
  2. Implementing Six Sigma Technique for Improving Construction Quality

Published Articles

  1. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, S., Thaheem, M. J., Wang, C. & Imran, M. (2021). It’s all about Perceptions: A DEMATEL approach to exploring user perceptions of real estate online platforms. Ain Shams Engineering Journal
  2. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, S., & Thaheem, M. J. (2021). Barriers to the digitalization and innovation of Australian Smart Real Estate: A managerial perspective on the technology non-adoption. Environmental Technology & Innovation. 22, 101527.
  3. Ullah, F., Al-Turjman, F., Qayyum, S., Inam, H. & Imran,M. (2021). Advertising through UAVs: An optimized path system for delivering smart real estate advertisement materials. International Journal of Intelligent Systems.  10.1002/int.22422
  4. Ullah, F., Qayyum, S., Al-Turjman, F., & Thaheem, M.J. (2021). Risk management in sustainable smart cities governance: A TOE framework. Technological Forecasting & Social Change.
  5. Ullah, F., & Al-Turjman, F. (2021). A conceptual framework for blockchain smart contract adoption to manage real estate deals in smart cities. Neural Computing and Applications.
  6. Qadir, Z., Ullah, F., Munawar, H.S., & Al-Turjman, F., (2021). Addressing disasters in smart cities through UAVs path planning and 5G communications: A systematic review. Computer Communications.
  7. Azeem, M., Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J., & Qayyum, S. (2020). Competitiveness in the construction industry: A contractor’s perspective on barriers to improving the construction industry performance. Journal of Construction Engineering, Management and Innovation, 3(3), 193-219. 
  8. Ullah, F., Sepasgozer, S., Tahmasebinia, F., Sepasgozar, S. M. E., & Davis, S. (2020). Examining the impact of students’ attendance, sketching, visualization, and tutors experience on students’ performance: a case of building structures course in construction management. Construction Economics and Building, 20(3).
  9. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, S.M.E. (2020). Key Factors Influencing Purchase or Rent Decisions in Smart Real Estate Investments: A System Dynamics Approach Using Online Forum Thread Data. Sustainability 12(11), 4382.
  10. Low, S., Ullah, F., Shirowzhan, S., Sepasgozar, S. M., & Lee, C. L. (2020). Smart digital marketing capabilities for sustainable property development: A case of Malaysia. Sustainability, 12(13), 5402.
  11. Munawar, H. S., Qayyum, S., Ullah, F., & Sepasgozar, S. (2020). Big Data and Its Applications in Smart Real Estate and the Disaster Management Life Cycle: A Systematic Analysis. Big Data and Cognitive Computing, 4(2), 4.
  12. Ali Q., Thaheem, M.J., Ullah, F. & Sepasgozar, S. (2020). The performance gap in energy-efficient office buildings: How the occupants can help? Energies, 13(6), 1480.
  13. Ayub, B., Thaheem, M. J., & Ullah, F. (2019). Contingency Release During Project Execution: The Contractor’s Decision-Making Dilemma. Project Management Journal. 8756972819848250.
  14. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, S., & Wang, C. (2018). A Systematic Review of Smart Real Estate Technology: Drivers of, and Barriers to, the Use of Digital Disruptive Technologies and Online Platforms. Sustainability, 10(9), 3142.
  15. Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J., Sepasgozar, S. M., & Forcada, N. (2018). System Dynamics Model to Determine Concession Period of PPP Infrastructure Projects: Overarching Effects of Critical Success Factors. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 10(4), 04518022.
  16. Ullah, F., & Thaheem, M. J. (2018). Concession period of public private partnership projects: industry–academia gap analysis. International Journal of Construction Management, 18(5), 418-429.
  17. Hasnain, M., Thaheem, M. J., & Ullah, F. (2018). Best value contractor selection in road construction projects: ANP-based decision support system. International Journal of Civil Engineering, 16(6), 695-714.
  18. Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J., Siddiqui, S. Q., & Khurshid, M. B. (2017). Influence of Six Sigma on Project Success in Construction Industry of Pakistan. TQM Journal. 29(2), 276 – 309.
  19. Shabbar, H., Ullah, F., Ayub, B., Thaheem, M. J., & Gabriel, H. F. (2017). Empirical Evidence of Extension of Time in Construction Projects. Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, 9(3), 04517008.
  20. Sheikh, N. A., Ullah, F., Ayub, B., & Thaheem, M. J. (2017). Labor Productivity Assessment Using Activity Analysis on Semi High-Rise Building Projects in Pakistan. Engineering Journal, 21(4), 273-286.
  21. Ullah, F., Ayub, B., Siddiqui, S. Q., & Thaheem, M. J. (2016). A review of Public-Private Partnership: Critical Factors of Concession Period. Journal of financial management of property and construction, 21(3), 269-300.
  22. Siddiqui, S. Q., Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J., & Gabriel, H. F. (2016). Six Sigma in construction: a review of critical success factors. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 7(2), 171-186.

Published Conference Papers

  1. Ullah, F., Shinetogtokh, T., Sepasgozar, S, & Ali, T.H. (2019). Investigation of the users’ interaction with online real estate platforms in Australia. In proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering, MUET, Pakistan (5th – 7th Dec 2019).
  2. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, S, & Ali, T.H. (2019). Real Estate Stakeholders Technology Acceptance Model (RESTAM): User-focused Big9 Disruptive Technologies for Smart Real Estate Management. In proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering, MUET, Pakistan (5th – 7th Dec 2019).
  3. Munawar, H.S. Hammad, A., Ullah, F., & Ali, T.H. (2019). After the Flood: A Novel Application of Image Processing and Machine Learning for Post-Flood Disaster Management. In proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering, MUET, Pakistan (5th – 7th Dec 2019).
  4. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, SME. & Khan, M.R.A. (2018). Investigation of the Empirical Relation Between Student Sketching, Attendance and Performance in Construction Education, in AUBEA 2018 Conference Singapore. (Best Paper Award)
  5. Felli, F., Liu, C., Ullah, F. & Sepasgozar, SME (2018). Implementation of 360 videos and Mobile Laser Measurement technologies for immersive visualization of Real Estate & Properties, in AUBEA 2018 Conference Singapore.
  6. Hasnain, M., Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J., & Sepasgozar, S. M. (2018). Prioritizing Best Value Contributing Factors for Contractor Selection: An AHP Approach. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (pp. 1121-1131). Springer, Singapore.
  7. Maqsoom, A., Khan, M. U., Khan, M. T., Khan, S., & Ullah, F. (2018). Factors Influencing the Construction Time and Cost Overrun in Projects: Empirical Evidence from Pakistani Construction Industry. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (pp. 769-778). Springer, Singapore. 
  8. Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, SME & Siddiqui, SQ (2017). An Investigation of Real Estate Technology Utilisation in Technologically Advanced Market place. In ICEC 2017, Dec 21-22, Karachi, Pakistan (Best Paper Award)
  9. Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J. & Sepasgozar, S.M.E (2016).  SUSTAINABLE SMART CITIES: EVALUATION OF THE AUSTRALIAN PRACTICE in 16th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, 12-13 December, Hong Kong.
  10. Ayub, B., Ullah, F., Sepasgozar, S.M.E. & Rasheed, F. (2016). Risks in EPC hydropower projects: A case of Pakistan. 8th International Civil Engineering Congress-(ICEC-2016), Karachi, Pakistan.

Published Book Chapters

  1. Ullah, F., & Sepasgozar, S (2019). A Study of Information Technology Adoption for Real-Estate Management: A System Dynamic Model. Innovative Production and Construction, World Scientific Singapore, May 2019, 469-486.
  2. Mehmood, Y., Zahoor, H. & Ullah, F (2019). Economic efficiency analysis of Rawalpindi bypass project: a case study. Innovative Production and Construction, World Scientific Singapore, May 2019, 531-555.
  3. Shirowzhan, S., Sepasgozar, S., Ullah, F. & Minhas, PS (2019). Implication of a construction labour tracking system for measuring labours productivity. Innovative Production and Construction, World Scientific Singapore, May 2019, 1-15.
  4. Ullah, F., Thaheem, M. J., & Umar, M. (2017). Chapter 6: Public-Private Partnerships in Pakistan: A nascent evolution. Public-Private Partnerships in Transitional Nations: Policy, Governance and Praxis. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom.