Dr Peter Edwards


Adjunct Professor

School /
Work Unit

Property Const & Project Mgt

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2230



Building: 008
Level: 08
Room: Reception

City campus


College of Design and Social Context



Key Activities

After retiring from a full-time post at RMIT University in 2006, Dr Edwards continues to participate in the activities of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management on a casual basis. His current research interests include project risk management, value management, public-private partnerships in project building procurement, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He continues to assist with postgraduate research student supervision at RMIT and at the University of Cape Town. As a co-founder of the CNBR (Co-operative Network for Building Researchers) group in 1991, he plays an active management role in this web and e-mail based interest group which comprises more than 2800 members world-wide.


  • PhD (University of Cape Town)
  • Masters of Science (University of Natal)
  • Associate Diploma Arts,
  • Special Qualifying Examinations in Quantity Surveying (University of Natal)

Professional interests

  • Review panel member for the Research Grants Committee of the Hong Kong government.
  • Occasional grant reviewer for EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Committee) in the UK.
  • Editorial board member for several international journals.
  • Reviewer of articles and books for many international journals.

Teaching/Work responsibilities

Program Director – Construction Management (Offshore)

Subject Areas

  • Value management;
  • Risk management;
  • Design economics and cost planning;
  • Civil engineering measurement; and
  • Research supervision


In 2003 Dr Edwards was awarded a UK Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellowship to the School of the Built and Natural Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. This Fellowship was undertaken over two five month periods in 2003/4 and 2004/5. During this time he presented seminars to staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and to professional organisations in the Scottish construction industry. He assisted with research supervision; collaborated in ongoing research projects and undertook proposal writing for major funding applications to EPSRC and EU.

He has successfully supervised the research of more than 30 postgraduate students and has been an examiner for many PhD and Master’s theses. In 2005 he was appointed as the supervisor for Mr Leonardo Grilo, a Brazilian student awarded an Australian Commonwealth Government Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship to spend six months at RMIT University. Mr Grilo investigated value for money frameworks for Public-Private Partnership projects as part of his successful doctoral studies at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As part of a collaborative RMIT/CSIRO research team, between 1993-1996 Associate Professor Edwards participated in ERDC (Australian Energy Research and Development Council) funded research projects (total value approximately $400,000), investigating embodied energy values for building materials and CAD-based modelling techniques for embodied energy analysis.

In 1998 he received an ARC Small Grant to investigate perceptions of risk and risk management in the construction industry.

Between 1995 and 1998 he was involved in government competitively-funded research into building procurement in South Africa, as part of a team lead by Professor Paul Bowen (University of Cape Town). The total value of research funding was approximately ZAR400,000 ($100,000). He is currently involved in similarly funded research investigating value management practice in the manufacturing and construction industries in South Africa.

Research Interests

  • Client risk management perceptions and attitudes for decision making in construction projects;
  • Sustainable construction;

Research Grants

ARC Small Grant 1998 (completed)

Research Supervision

  • 14 completed masters theses
  • 4 current masters students
  • 2 current PhD students
  • Undergraduate final year research project supervision of more than 250 students
  • Consultant to PhD student, University of Port Elizabeth (completed in 1993)

Master by research theses (seven)
Masters by coursework minor theses (fifteen).

Current Research

Risk management

Research Projects, Consultancy and Student Project

  • Personal research and research management in the areas of:
  • Contractual, cost control and measurement procedures for electrical installations in buildings;
  • Cost modeling for construction projects;
  • Computer systems for construction projects;
  • Cost minimisation factors for third-world low income housing;
  • Design efficiency factors in domestic scale and commercial buildings in Melbourne;
  • Measurement and price forecasting variability factors for construction projects;
  • Unit price rate variability in tender bills of quantities;
  • Price-rationalised approaches to the measurement of building work;
  • Vocational education for building professions;
  • Embodied energy impact modeling;
  • Information technology management for construction;
  • Risk management

Academic Experience

1987 – ___ - Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor
Department of Building and Constructions Economics, RMIT University

1976 – 1986 - Lecturer and Senior Lecturer
Department of Quantity Surveying and Building Economics
University of Natal, Durban

Industrial Experience

1985 – ___ - P A Bowen, Edwards & Taylor
Partner in professional firm of Quantity Surveyors, Building Economists and Valuers

1976 – 1985 - P J Edwards, Durban, South Africa
Self-employed quantity surveyor in private practice

1969 – 1975 - Neville Lund & Reed, Quantity Surveyors, Durban, South Africa
Senior Quantity Surveyor

1959 – 1969 - Rider Hunt & Partners, Gillingham, Kent, UK
Quantity Surveyor

Industry / Professional Organisation

Commission member CIB W55 (Building Economics)

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