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LIVESTREAM Crises, construction and corruption

2 December 2020
6.00pm – 7.00pm AEDT
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Crises, flood, man walking with supplies

Please join us online for UNSW Built Environment’s last UTZON Lecture for 2020, the Annual Judith Neilson Lecture.

This year, we are honoured to have Professor George Ofori from London South Bank University joining us for a lecture on the complex relationship between crises, construction and corruption.

The amount of devastation caused by crises such as earthquakes, windstorms and flood is directly linked to the quality of construction of a village, neighbourhood, town or city. Construction, in turn, is often at risk of corrupt practices, leading to poor quality buildings and infrastructure that collapse more easily. It is no surprise then that the worst so-called ‘natural disasters’ occur in societies where corruption is highest.

Following the lecture there will be an audience Q&A, with the opportunity to ask questions during the event by submitting your questions.

This lecture marks the opening of the Second Urban Resilience Asia Pacific (URAP2) conference, which this year is online and free to attend. For further information visit the conference webpage here.

If you would like to pre-record a question for our speakers to address during the livestream please follow the questions in the booking process.

Be sure to join the conversation by registering above.

How to watch and participate

This lecture will be livestreamed to UNSW YouTube. A link to participate will be sent to all that register before the day.

Audience Q&A

The audience QnA will be conducted via YouTube ‘Live chat’. If you are on a web browser this is at the top right corner. If you are on a mobile device this is directly under the video. Please post your questions here and they will be passed on to the speakers.

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Headshot of Professor George Ofori

George Ofori


Dr Ofori is currently Dean of the School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LBSU). Dr Ofori specialises in construction management and economics at the project, company and industry levels. His main subject of research is the improvement of the capacity and capability of the construction industry, especially in developing countries.

For nearly four decades, Dr Ofori has been a consultant to international development agencies (including Australia Aid, Department for International Development, UK, and Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs); international organisations such as the International Labour Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme and Commonwealth Secretariat; and governments. He has undertaken consultancy assignments in Malaysia, Bahrain, Botswana, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, and Tanzania.

Dr Ofori was a Visiting Chair Professor at Tsinghua University in China. He is currently the Joint Co-ordinator of TG95 on Professionalism and Ethics in Construction. He was a member of the Board of the CIB. He is the Deputy Chairman of the International Board of CoST, the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative; and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Engineers Against Poverty.

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David Sanderson


Professor David Sanderson has 30 years’ experience working across the world in development and emergencies. He worked for eight years for the NGO CARE International UK, as head of policy and subsequently regional manager for southern and west Africa. From 2006-2013 David was Director of CENDEP, a centre at Oxford Brookes University focusing on development and emergencies. Between 2013-14 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. David was appointed the Inaugural Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture at UNSW Sydney in 2016.