PROF Colin Duffield

PROF Colin Duffield


  • Infrastructure Procurement (Private financing)
  • Risk Management and Procurement (Contracts, delivery systems)
  • Structural Dynamics (High Rise, domestic)



  • Colin is Professor of Engineering Project Management and Civil Engineering Discipline Leader in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, at The University of Melbourne. He is also a Board member of Infrastructure Australia and a Fellow of the Law School (where he delivers a master level unit in infrastructure procurement). He is a recognised international thought leader in the efficient procurement of public infrastructure and the incorporation of private finance as a mechanism for achieving value for money outcomes.

    Colin has extensive experience in the governance of long term contracts and the interaction between policy, technical matters, risk management, financing and contractual arrangements. This expertise has been gained through: an involvement in infrastructure delivery for public and private clients (both as a practitioner and researcher); work on policy via secondment to Treasury and Finance, Victoria; as an adviser to projects on risk and project structuring; as an expert witness; and as an independent reviewer and researcher of major engineering contracts.

    Colin’s research has been widely cited in Australia and Internationally by industry, government and peak independent commentators.   


Member of

  • Project Management Institute. MPMI 2009 -
  • Australian Institute of Project Management. MAIPM 2005 -
  • Building Practitioner. RBP 1995 -
  • Civil College of Engineers Australia. Victorian Branch 1991 -
  • National Professional Engineers Register. CPEng 1977 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2015 Infrastructure cluster co-lead for the Australia-Indonesia Centre ($2.1m)

    2015 Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing ($4m)

    2014 Chief Investigator with Professors Graeme Hodge (Monash) and Carsten Greve (Copenhagen Business School) on the ANZOG sponsored research project titled: Governing Public Private Partnerships: After the Ribbon Cutting, Then What?

    2013-2015: Chief Investigator in the ARC Linkage project titled 'Integrated Mobility on Demand in urban transport infrastructures', with VicRoads, Yarra Trams, Haasz technology Pty Ltd, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited, Victorian Department of Transport, ($330K)   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2002
  • MEngSc, University of Melbourne 1990
  • BE (Civil), Deakin University 1978

Awards and honors

  • Smart infrastructure research award and grant for 2012, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, 2012
  • 2012 Excellence Awards: Outstanding Paper entitled Performance of Mid-Project Reviews (MPRs): Quantification based on Fuzzy Recognition, Emerald, 2012
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Two exciting industry sponsored PhD programs have become available in conjunction with Netflow and WBHO. The research topics are both related to the management and administration of major PPP infrastructure projects as mentioned below:

    -  Cost control and performance of major PPP projects

    -  Development of systems approaches for compliance assurance on major PPP projects

    If interested your prompt communication is invited

    Colin Duffield
    11 July 2018