Dr. Suhair Zaid Alkilani
  • Head of Discipline - Project Management

Dr. Suhair Zaid Alkilani


Dr Suhair Zaid Alkilani has been a lecturer at APIC since 2016 and postgraduate project management course coordinator since 2018. Suhair has strong research and technical skills within the construction project management domain, and she is active in five related research fields: construction management and planning; construction organisational and project performance; strategic management in construction; contractor performance; and contractor selection criteria. Suhair’s goal since joining APIC has been to use her knowledge and expertise to provide the highest quality of education and service for our students and to support APIC mission, vision, and values.

Suhair completed her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mutah University in Jordan in 2002, her Master of Engineering Management from University of Technology Sydney in 2009 and her PhD in construction management from the University of New South Wales in 2018. Prior joining APIC, Suhair worked as a teaching assistant, tutor, and research associate at University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney. She has also worked as site engineer on a wide variety of projects including infrastructure and buildings. Suhair is the lead investigator on an APIC Small Research Grant concerning social procurement in the Australian industry collaborating with Multiplex Construction, refugee support agency Metro Assist and Professor Martin Loose more. Suhair is a member of the Project Management Institute, the Jordan Engineers Association, and the Jordanian Construction Contractors Association. Her academic focus areas include: construction project management; performance measurement and benchmarking; construction performance frameworks for developing countries; contractor’s prequalification and selection criteria; strategic management in construction, focusing on the Resource-Based View (RBV); cultural influence on construction project performance; sustainable procurement; health and safety practice improvement among construction contractors; organisational theories of management; and the contingency theory and resource-based view as a lens to view performance measurement and effectiveness and for theory building.

Leadership and management skills
Strategic thinking
Qualitative and Quantitative Research and analysis skills
Verbal and written communication skills
Organized, focused and motivated
Problems solving skills, critical thinking
Strong presentation skills
Commitment to continuous learning

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