Martin Loosemore

Professor, Construction Management Program, Built Environment, UNSW

Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management at UNSW. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. His research has received numerous international awards and he has generated over $11 million of competitive research funding including 9 Australian Research Council Grants. He has published over 200 scholarly books and internationally refereed articles in risk management, innovation, social enterprise and procurement, corporate social responsibility and HRM.

His most recent research on social value, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility explores how private contracting and consulting firms operating in the construction and engineering industries can engage more effectively with the communities in which they build and leave a positive and sustainable legacy for future generations.

Martin has also published widely in the area of innovation and productivity and in 2003 was appointed as advisor on Workplace Productivity and Reform to the Giles Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry. He was subsequently invited to provide evidence to the 2004 Federal Senate inquiry into the Building and Construction Industry Bill and the 2009 Federal Senate inquiry in to Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2009. In 2009 he was appointed as a founding member of the Federal Built Environment Industry Innovation Council (BEIIC) and served for its full two terms. The BEIIC was one of only seven industry-specific councils established to advise the Minister on innovation policy in areas like climate change, sustainability and industry competitiveness as well as issues such as regulatory reform, workforce capability, skills needs, access to new technologies and other priorities for the industry. In 2014 Martin contributed to 2014 Productivity Commission Inquiry into Infrastructure and has written extensively in leading media outlets including the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

Martin is also a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University in the UK and is a founding partner in a successful social business which specialises in using social procurement to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups in the construction, engineering and facilities management sectors.


  • 1997–2017
    Professor, UNSW