Dr Moe (Mohammad) Mojtahedi
Senior Lecturer

Dr Moe (Mohammad) Mojtahedi

PhD (USyd), MEngSc., B.E. (Industrial), PEng, PMP

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

Dr Mohammad Mojtahedi is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Built Environment. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2014. He is establishing himself as an early career researcher in the disciplines of Urban and Regional Planning and Operations Research and specifically in the newly emerging field of Resilient Buildings, Infrastructure, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Evacuation Planning. He is one of the pioneers in Australia to combine city planning, operations research, climate change adaptation, and engineering to enhance the resilience of urban and rural buildings and infrastructure through disaster risk management. He has professional industry experience in project planning and management of large-scale and complex infrastructure projects. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI) and he is also a certified Professional Engineer from Engineers Australia. He has been awarded two research excellence awards from Engineers Australia in 2012 and 2013 for conducting research in flood risk management to analyse the vulnerability of rural and urban buildings and infrastructure across NSW.

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Red Centre West Wing, Room 3006
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Munawar HS; Mojtahedi M; Hammad AWA; Kouzani A; Mahmud MAP, 2022, 'Disruptive technologies as a solution for disaster risk management: A review', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151351
    Journal articles | 2014
    Mojtahedi M; Oo BL, 2014, 'Stakeholders’ Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction in Built Environment', Disaster Prevention and Management: an international journal, vol. 23, pp. 356 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/DPM-11-2013-0209

  • Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) Faculty Research Support Scheme, 2021 - $10,000
  • Built Environment’s Book and Special Issue Grant (BSIG), 2021 - $6,000
  • Built Environment’s ECR Philanthropic Support Grant, 2021 - $5,000
  • Scientia Scholarship Grant to support a Ph.D. student, UNSW, 2020-2024 - $200,000
  • UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering travel grant to attend the Frontiers of Development Symposium 2020 - $5,000
  • International Research Collaboration with Universitas Indonesia: Industry 4.0: A New Approach for Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Management 2019 - $20,000 (with A/Prof. Riza Sunindijo)
  • Scientia Scholarship Grant to support a Ph.D. student, UNSW, 2018-2022 - $200,000
  • Australian Academy of Science ECR Travel grant, 2018 - $5,000
  • Early Career Research (ECR) grant, University of New South Wales 2018 - $13,000
  • Travel grant supported by Volkswagen Foundation and the University of Hanover 2017 - $5,000
  • Travel grant supported by PVC Research to attend U21 ECR Workshop 2017 - $3,000
  • Travel grant supported by Universitas Indonesia to present in symposium 2017 - $3,000
  • Early Career Research (ECR) grant, University of New South Wales 2017 - $11,000
  • Teaching and Learning grant, University of New South Wales 2017 - $10,000
  • Faculty Research Grant, University of New South Wales 2017 - $8,000
  • Inspired Learning Initiative (ILI) grant for BLDG2011_Building Services course, $20,000
  • Early Career Research (ECR) grant, University of New South Wales 2016 - $8,000
  • Scholarship for Learning and Teaching grant, University of New South Wales 2016 - $3,000
  • Course Design Competition grant, University of New South Wales 2016 - $8,000

  • Learning and Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Built Environment, 2017
  • The ICES award for research in the field of infrastructure, Salford, UK, 2017
  • Elsevier Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to the quality of the International Journal of Project Management, 2017
  • Nominated by PVC Education to represent Faculty of Built Environment at Inspired Learning Summit 2017
  • UNSW ECR Delegate, U21 Early Career Researcher Workshop, Santiago, Chile, 2017
  • Appreciation for the higher contributor of CMP Discipline, UNSW, 2017
  • Best conference paper award, ICES award for research in the field of infrastructure, Salford, U.k., 2017
  • High Achiever of Course and Teaching Evaluation and Improvement (CATEI), UNSW, 2016
  • Appreciation for the higher contributor of CMP Discipline, UNSW, 2016
  • Professional Project Management (PMP) awarded by Project Management Institute (PMI), 2016
  • Research Excellence Award, Engineers Australia, 2012, 2013
  • Research Excellence Award, School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney, 2013
  • Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Sydney, 2012
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), 2011-2014
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • Civil Engineering School Top-Up Scholarship, 2013-2015
  • The Best Lecturer award from Tehran Institute of Technology (MFT) in 2008
  • Professional Engineer assessed and recognised by Engineers Australia (Ref: Contact ID 3979154)

Topic 1: Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilient Built Environment

Living in a changing environment is one of the most important challenges facing Australia. Mohammad has focused on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and construction management research topics to identify strategies to develop sustainable and resilient built environments that can all thrive in a changing environment. His research interest covers the following topics:

  • Managing post-disaster recovery and reconstruction projects
  • Reducing risks in the built environment
  • Assessment of critical infrastructure
  • Disaster risk management frameworks and National Construction Code (NCC)

Topic 2: Building Construction Management and Project Planning

Construction project management is a multidisciplinary area and his research has focused on the following topics:

  • Quantitative and qualitative risk assessment
  • Mathematical modeling and optimisation
  • Artificial intelligence in construction
  • Decision-making methods and techniques
  • Lean construction
  • Strategic construction management
  • Implementation an effective EPMO in construction organisations

In the Media

@UNSW construction management and property expert Dr Mohammad Mojtahedi discusses the recent floods and the need for better investment in flood mitigation activity.



  • Professional Engineer 3979154
  • Member of Project Management Institute (PMI), 4096382
  • Member of The Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM-UK)
  • Member of Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee


My Research Supervision

I am currently supervising seven PhD students:

  1. Developing an evacuation support system for healthcare infrastructures in response to a flood event: (Maziar Yazdani - PhD candidate)
  2. Impact of lean construction techniques on post-disaster reconstruction performance and resilience of infrastructure: (Mahyar Rad – PhD candidate)
  3. Effective construction and demolition waste management assessment; An Australian case: (Kamyar Kabirifar – PhD candidate)
  4. Lean principles for humanitarian shelter organisations: (Mirian Vaccari – UNSW Scientia PhD candidate)
  5. Construction quality risks in PPP infrastructure projects: Developing a Six Sigma decision-making framework: (Siddra Qayyum – PhD candidate)
  6. Resilient humanitarian relief chain networks in post‐disaster resettlement and emergency services: (Seyed Khalili – UNSW Scientia PhD candidate)
  7. Understanding the impact of building regulations and planning policies on achieving sustainable and resilient cities: (Uttama Barua – PhD candidate)


My Teaching

Dr. Mojtahedi is teaching or has taught the following courses:

Undergraduate teaching:

  • BLDG2023 Construction Planning
  • BLDG3022 Construction Project Management Practice Capstone
  • BLDG2011 Building Services

Postgraduate teaching:

  • CONS0009 Construction Planning and Control
  • CONS0013 Practice of Construction Project Management