A/Professor of Construction Management, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Karen Manley is Associate Professor of Construction Management at QUT. She is a global thought leader in the area of innovation on infrastructure and building projects. She has many years’ experience as an academic and private consultant, specialising in the application of post-neoclassical approaches to the analysis of innovation and industry growth. She investigates knowledge-flows, networking and innovation systems, to shed light on the performance of a number of industries, including the construction industry. She has published extensively in leading international journals, and her work has informed the development of government policy across Australia in the area of innovation capacity. Links to her current Research Projects funded by the Australian Research Council are shown below:

Innovative Road Products Research:

Collaborative Construction Research:

Prefabricated Houses Research:

Associate Professor Dr Karen Manley | B.Com, B.Ec (Hons), PhD | HDR Director - School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty | Queensland University of Technology


  • 2003–present
    Associate Professor of Construction Management, QUT


  • 1994 
    Deakin University, PhD