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China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit

The School of Architecture and Built Environment has recently established China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit (CASRU).

In collaboration with The School of Economics and Management, North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), Beijing, China. The agreement was signed on 18 October 2013 in Beijing by The Executive Dean of Faculty of the Professions, Professor Christopher Findlay, and the Dean of School of Economics and Management, NCEPU, Professor Dong-Xiao Niu.

Congratulations to Ruidong Chang for being a winner of the 2016 National Award for Excellent Research Students Studying Overseas (国家优秀自费留学生奖学金) awarded by the Ministry of Education of China.

Being the most recognizable award for Chinese PhD students studying overseas, this award is extremely competitive. It selects the best Chinese PhD students globally across all majors and disciplines based on their overall performance. There are 501 Chinese PhD students winning this award in 2016, including students in America (163), Canada (53), Australia (41), England (40), and Singapore (37); with only two Chinese PhD students from South Australia (University of Adelaide) winning this award.

Ruidong is a PhD candidate from the China-Australia Sustainability Research Unit (School of Architecture and Built Environment) and is supervised by Professor George Zillante (Head of School), Associate Professor Veronica Soebarto and Professor Zhen-Yu Zhao.

  • Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise

    CASRU aims to promote cross cultural research across the Chinese and Australian Construction Industries and to improve the international competitiveness of the Construction Industry in both Australia and China. Specifically, through its work CASRU endeavours to:

    • Undertake joint international research projects involving both countries
    • Jointly apply for research grants in the Australian and Chinese research frameworks
    • Undertake a series of comparison studies between sectors of the Australian and Chinese construction industries
    • Host exchange study tours from member universities or industry from both countries
    • Promote industry accessibility to both countries underpinned by sound research
    • Host Exchange research staff
    • Host Exchange research students
    • Facilitate research scholarships
    • Undertake joint PhD programmes
  • ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
    George Zillante
    Professor George Zillante Research Group Head

    Veronica Soebarto
    Associate Professor Veronica Soebarto Veronica joined the University of Adelaide in 1998 after completing a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, and PHD and Master of Architecture degrees from the same university. Her research interests span from environmental performance assessments of buildings, building performance simulation, building monitoring, and thermal comfort.

    Jon Kellett
    Professor Jon Kellett Jon is an urban planner with research interests in urban sustainability, energy and climate change.
    Jian Zuo
    Dr Jian Zuo Dr Jian Zuo is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide.
  • PhD Candidate ProjectsMeet our student researchers and enquire about joining the group
    Mr Ruidong Chang Supervisors: Professor George Zillante, Associate Professor Veronica Soebarto and Professor Zhen-Yu Zhao.
    Integrated decision-making support system for green building design in China
    Mr Ruidong Chang

  • External CollaboratorsExplore opportunities for industry and professional collaboration

    The University of Adelaide understands the importance of collaborative research and strong partnerships with industry and professionals in today's global market.

    We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.

    The Faculty of the Professions is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the School of Education and ETC, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.

    Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.

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