UK-Indonesia Researcher Network

Founding members

Ahilan, SangaralingamDr. Sangaralingam Ahilan has research interest in statistical and numerical modelling in water engineering applications. He is currently working as a research fellow on EPSRC funded research projects in University of Leeds. In these projects, he is involved in flood and sediment transport modelling in urban environment to recreate a naturally oriented water cycle while contributing to the amenity of the city by bringing water management and green infrastructure together. Prior to this, Ahilan was involved in a European Union Water Framework and Bathing Water Directive research project in Dooge Center for Water Resources Research at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Ahmed, AbdullahiDr Abdullahi Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in Built Environment at Coventry University Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building. Dr Ahmed is developing research towards improving in-use performance of building though robust building performance evaluation to close the performance gap. Dr Ahmed has received funding through the Technology Strategy Board’s Building Performance Evaluation Programme and Knowledge Transfer Partnership and ERDF KEEN projects. Dr Ahmed has published in Journals and presented in national and International Conferences. His research interest includes building performance evaluation, building performance modelling and simulation, building and urban resilience, low-energy architecture, whole life modelling of renewable and low-energy systems.

Dr. Zeeshan Aziz has over ten years research experience in the application of advanced IT techniques within integrated construction informatics environments. His research interests include information technology support for collaboration in preparedness, response, and recovery during disasters involving critical physical infrastructures. He is also involved in application of novel technologies such as Remote Sensing, Virtual Reality, Building Information Modeling and Geographic Information Systems in major civil engineering projects, infrastructure condition assessment and intelligent automation of construction tasks. He has been involved in teaching at both post-graduate and under-graduate levels and has provided commercial consulting services in infrastructure deployment projects.

Bennett, NickDr Nick Bennett’s core research interest is the harvesting of waste heat using low-cost and non-toxic thermoelectric (TE) materials. These convert heat into electrical current. The market for converting this waste into useful electricity is projected to expand significantly, with the total market for TE energy harvesting devices predicted to rise to almost $1 billion by 2023. Buildings are expected to be the primary user of energy harvesting devices (forecast to make up >55% of the market sector over the coming decade) and Nick is interested in researching how waste heat harvesting can become a cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency.

Made BrunnerDr Made Brunner has Environmental Engineering and Urban & Regional Planning educational background. He received the EWC scholarship for his postgraduate study. His researches focused on sustainable tourism, traffic safety analysis, disaster management, and important agricultural land studies. His expertise is in analysis with GIS and statistical software. Several papers have been presented and published in various conferences and journals. He is currently the Chair of Environmental Engineering, Universitas Bakrie, Jakarta. His professional experiences include: detailed engineering design in solid waste, clean water, and sewerage sectors; constructing wastewater treatment plant in Bogor; environmental auditing; and environmental studies.

Chmutina, KseniaDr Ksenia Chmutina is a researcher in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University working on a FP7 “Designing Safer Urban Spaces” project. Her research brings together quantitative and qualitative methods in the areas of energy, sustainability and resilience. Ksenia was awarded a PhD in 2011 by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. She has undertaken consultancy work for the UK Government’s Office for Science, and for the University of the West Indies. She is a guest lecturer for the Chevening Young Leaders Programme and a visiting lecturer at the University of the West Indies.

Professor Neil Dixon is a Mentor of UKIREN and Professor in Geotechnical Engineering, Research Challenge Leader – Changing Environments and Infrastructure, Associate Dean (Enterprise), School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University.

Gleeson, Colin PatrickColin Patrick Gleeson is a chartered building services engineer specialising in low energy design and renewable technologies, teaching at both under and post graduate levels. A practitioner who has recently is developing formal research output focusing on socio-technical implications of low emissions, vocational education and training for low energy construction (VET4LEC) and “thermal literacy”. Reviewer for DECC UK heat pump trials, author Retrofit methodologies for social housing and their VET requirements and a Meta-analysis of European heat pump field trial efficiencies, presenter at international conferences, most recently on VET4LEC at Work in a Warming World, Toronto and to the European Social Partners in Brussels.

Goodier, ChrisDr Chris Goodier BEng(Hons)/PhD/PGCert/MCIOB/MICT/FHEA, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Civil Engineer, Chartered Builder and Researcher with 20 years experience of contracting, consultancy and research. Expert in construction materials and concrete technology, construction management, offsite construction, future scenarios and community energy. Recent projects: British Council’s Sustainable Construction with National University of Civil Engineering of Vietnam, Managing Nanomaterials in Construction (MaNiC), Infrastructure evaluation using real-time monitoring, Durability assessment/corrosion management of structures, Resilient Futures, RICS Future of UK Housebuilding, Challenging lock in to Urban Energy Systems (CLUES), Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment, Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW).

Apif HajjiDr Apif Hajji is an Assistant Professor at Civil Engineering Department, The State University of Malang (Universitas Negeri Malang) Indonesia. His main research interests cover issues in construction engineering and management such as building maintenance, building reconstruction and rehabilitation, factors affecting productivity in construction, and environment-related issues in construction practices. His latest research topic conducted under the Fulbright Presidential Scholarship since 2010 is the development of model for quantifying the economic, energy, and environmental impacts from the use of heavy duty construction equipment.

Baharuddin HamzahDr Baharuddin Hamzah is a senior lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Hasanuddin University, Makassar Indonesia. He finished undergraduate study from this university in 1993 and became a faculty staff in 1995. He finished M.Arch from Faculty of Built Environment UNSW, Australia in 2002. In 2009, he completed Ph.D with a dissertation entitled “An Investigation of Factors Affecting Prediction of Daylight Availability in a High-density Urban Environment” from Department of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong. He has wide range of research interests, including daylighting, advanced daylight systems, thermal comfort, energy efficient building design, green building, and computer aided design and simulation.

Hardi, JenniferJennifer Hardi joined London South Bank University in September 2013 as Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology. Her research interest is in architecture design technology, environmental assessment method, BIM (Building Information Modelling), life cycle assessment, sustainable urban planning, and energy efficiency in buildings. She is a chartered member of CIAT. Jennifer has also been actively involved in peer reviewing several international journal specializing in energy efficiency and sustainability in the construction industry. Prior to joining LSBU, Jennifer was a Senior Sustainability Consultant for BRE, specializing in refurbishment and sustainable design consultation particularly in BREEAM, Code for Sustainable Homes and Passivhaus.

Budi HasiholanDr Budi Hasiholan is currently a researcher in Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) Research Group of Civil Engineering Study Program at Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). His research interests include Automation in Construction (as his master thesis in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok-Thailand), e-Procurement in Construction (as his doctoral dissertation in Hokkaido University, Sapporo-Japan), Productivity Improvement, and Construction Manpower (both are his research projects in last two years). He is keen to collaborate in those-related research work and linking them with sustainability issues.

Jati Utomo Dwi HatmokoDr Jati Utomo Dwi Hatmoko is a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering Department of Diponegoro University (UNDIP), Indonesia. He finished his master and PhD in Construction Management from Newcastle University, UK. His research interests include supply chain management in the construction industry, risk management, sustainable construction, public private partnership, construction failure, etc. He has published in journals and been actively involved in peer reviewing several international journals. His research has been funded by government bodies, such as Ministry of Public Works and Construction Services Development Board, etc. He is also a green associate of Green Building Council Indonesia (GBCI).

Huang, YueDr Yue Huang completed PhD in Newcastle University 2007, and joined Scott Wilson (now URS) as a Research Engineer. He was involved in pavement evaluation, material testing, life cycle analysis and performance (e.g. carbon, skid resistance) research. Yue was employed by the University of Nottingham as a Research Fellow 2011-2012. Yue joined Liverpool John Moores University in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Yue is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). His research interest includes life cycle assessment, road pavement and sustainable construction.

Dr Nyoman M Jaya (Civil Engineer; MConstMgt; PhD; GCInstCES) is a senior lecturer in Civil Engineering Department (under and postgraduate) the University of Udayana, Bali, Indonesia. He also experienced almost two decades in Building and Infrastructure projects and management for feasibility study, structure design, procurement, mobilisation, construction, operation and maintenance (e.g., highway & toll road, water resources & supplies, airport, steel and concrete tower, hospital, villa, hotel, resort, etc.). His research interest is in project, construction, cost management, innovation and sustainability.

Laori, IrwandaDr Irwanda Laori has a BSc from Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia, a MSc from Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Germany) and a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Irwanda is part of the leadership team at Warwick Institute for Science of Cities (WISC) and also holds exchange/visiting positions at the Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) and New York University (NYU). His research interests are in structural health monitoring, intelligent infrastructure, data interpretation methods, anomaly detection, measurement system design and computer-aided engineering.

Dewi Larasati ZRDr Dewi Larasati ZR is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung. Her research areas include bioclimatic design, project risk communication system, green procurement, construction contract management, post-disaster reconstruction, sustainable construction, and project quality assurance system. Her current research interest is BIM research area, especially in improving construction project performance. Current project: 1) promoting local indigenous of bamboo building component in sustainable housing construction, 2) developing green criteria of vertical housing design in high density area in Indonesia, 3) developing integrated quality assurance system in improving performance of Indonesia construction projects. Email:;

Manewa, AnupaDr Anupa Manewa is a Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University. She is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for the IQSSL Sri Lanka and AIQS Australia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in QS and an MPhil in Construction Management from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. She was awarded a research scholarship from Loughborough University to enrol on a PhD in Construction Management and she completed the degree in 2011. She has published over 20 research papers and many of which are economic sustainability related. Anupa’s current research interests focus on cost management, adaptable buildings, BIM, resilience and sustainability.

Agung Murti NugrohoDr Agung Murti Nugroho is a senior lecturer and the Head of Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Brawijaya in Malang, Indonesia. His research interest is in smart passive design strategy for energy efficency in building. Since 2009, he developing research about smart passive cooling design (smart window, smart wall, smart roof and vertical garden). Dr Agung has published his research in International Journals and Conferences. His current research focuses on energy efficient in Indonesian low rise housing.


Taufika OphiyandriDr Taufika Ophiyandri is a lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Andalas, Indonesia. He took his PhD from the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, UK. His thesis discusses the project risk management model for community-based post-disaster housing reconstruction. His research interest is about disaster management, construction management, and community engagement in construction project.


Park, SunghoDr Kenneth Sungho Park, BSc, MSc, PGCert, PhD, FHEA, MCIOB, PMP, KCCM, is a lecturer at Aston University, UK. Having gained a BSc in Architectural Engineering, he worked for construction and engineering companies internationally for over 10 years, gaining experience in different aspects of construction and project management from inception to post-completion of a project. He is a Chartered Builder, Project Management Professional, Korean-certified Construction Manager and BREEAM Assessor. His research interests include construction and engineering economics, integration of design and construction, process improvement and innovation, integrated procurement system, project management, whole life performance and sustainability.

Ruikar, KirtiDr Kirti Ruikar is Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University. She is a founding member of CIB TG83 on e-Business in Construction and an author of two books, Collaborative Design Management and e-Business in Construction. Her career ethos has been to innovate through knowledge transfer. She leads industry-focussed, cross-disciplinary research to develop new expert-led, user-centred tools and processes to design buildings and infrastructure with a vision of a safe, secure and resilient genre of design in the digital economy. Some notable examples of recent research projects include, collaborative works with the Fire Protection Association that investigate resilient fire engineering building design.

Susy RostiyantiDr Susy Rostiyanti joined Civil Engineering, Universitas Bakrie in 2012 and has appointed as Head of Research and Development Center since. Her interest is in Construction Engineering and Management focusing on resources management and public private partnership. Published a book of heavy equipment which became one of the best seller in the country, she was inquired as an expert witness for judicial review of a law in constitutional court. Other topic that interests her is energy efficiency. She is a team member in a collaboration program with Aarhus University concerning capacity-building of the energy efficient building sector through educational strengthening.

Soetanto, RobbyDr Robby Soetanto is the Coordinator of UKIREN, and an Academic at Loughborough University. Prior to this, he held post-doctoral research posts at Wolverhampton and Loughborough Universities and lectured at Coventry University. He was a Visiting Professor at Ryerson University and lectured at the Universities of Reading and Salford. His research has been funded by government bodies (EPSRC, EU, HEA, British Council) and private companies (Lloyds TSB and Hewlett Packard). His current research focuses on resilience to disaster, flooding, sustainability with BIM, BIM education, and real-time collaboration in virtual team. His research has been disseminated in over 80 published works.

Akhmad SurajiDr Akhmad Suraji is a civil engineer and graduated PhD in Building Engineering from UMIST Manchester (2002). He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Andalas. His research interest covers construction safety, construction industry & infrastructure development policies. He led a team to write a book entitled transforming construction for the finest built environment (2007). He worked for (i) rural infrastructure needs assessment and development in Aceh Province (ILO funded project, 2006), (ii) land transport demand and development strategy (AUSAID funded project, 2005); (iii) Maintenance Strategy for Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Demonstration Project (ILO Funded Project, 2004).

Suryanto, BennyDr Benny Suryanto is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. His research interests are primarily concerned with: i) the experimental and numerical modelling of strain hardening of cementitious composite; ii) development of smart cementitious material; and ii) multi-scale modeling of concrete. Before joining Heriot-Watt University in 2012, Dr Suryanto was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has received the Japanese Concrete Institute Awards 2011 and 2013.


Wedawatta,, GayanDr Gayan Wedawatta is a lecturer in construction management at Aston University, UK. Gayan has wider research interests including disaster resilience, extreme weather events and construction SMEs, resilience of small businesses, adaptation to flooding, and sustainability in construction. He has contributed to a number of externally-funded research projects addressing these research areas. He is particularly interested in linking disaster resilience research with sustainability issues. He is keen to collaborate in research work and supervise postgraduate research students on any of these broader subject areas.

Andry WidyowijatnokoDr Andry Widyowijatnoko, born in Purworejo on August 6th, 1971, is a freelance architect, lecturer and researcher in the Building Technology Research Group, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia. His specialities are in the field of structural design and bamboo construction, both as practitioner and academician. He graduated his doctoral study cum laude from the Chair of Structures and Structural Design, RWTH Aachen University, Germany with dissertation: Traditional and Innovative Joints in Bamboo Construction. His design ‘Great Hall OBI’ was awarded as the best building construction in architectural category 2011 from the Ministry of Public Works Indonesia.

Zakharova, JuliaDr Julia Zhakarova‘s first degree and MSc (St. Petersburg) are in Water Supply and Disposal, during which she established collaboration with Eastern European countries concerning protection of the Baltic Sea from urban contaminations. Her PhD (Loughborough) was mainly focused on metals’ behaviour in stormwater from various sources. She has been employed as a Research Associate (Loughborough University) and her current project, ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ (Gates foundation), focuses on the feasibility of using Hydrothermal Carbonisation for the waste treatment. It has inspired her interest in confronting the sorts of problem (concerning hygiene, water shortage, water-related diseases) that countries with developing economies may experience.