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Dr Danielle Lester, FRICS

Level 2, Building 3, Sustainable Development, Bond University

Professional biography

Dr. Danielle Lester is a behavioural economist for the built environment with unique skills, knowledge, and experience from over 20 years of global contribution to industry and academia, which has led to ongoing research into decision-making and collaboration in the built environment. Danielle’s teaching focus is on critical thinking and communication skills, having taught across the broad spectrum of built environment disciplines, from global real estate markets and investment, through to construction and engineering management.

Prior to joining Bond University, Danielle was an Assistant Professor at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University, and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland during which time she gained a PhD from the School of Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Construction Management from New York University. During her time in New York she was named ‘Top 20 Under 40’ Women in Construction in New York City, and received scholarships from Women Executives in New York Real Estate, and Michael F.X. Waters for her post graduate research into the infrastructure investment gap in the US. Danielle is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Danielle is currently conducting research with the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Artificial Mind (iCAM) and is developing methodology to investigate interbrain synchronicity, to advance the understanding of neuroscience during collaboration.

Professional admissions

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors


  • SSUD12-106: Project Delivery Systems
  • SSUD12/71-308: Project Contract Administration
  • SSUD13/71-312: Early Estimating and Cost Planning


  • Higher National Diploma -Business and Finance, Staffordshire University
  • Bachelor of Science – Valuation Surveying, Staffordshire University
  • Master of Science – Construction Management, New York University
  • PhD – Civil Engineering, University of Queensland