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Prof Tsunemi Watanabe

Professor, Construction Project Management

Faculty of Society & Design

Centre for Comparative Construction Research

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Professional biography

Dr Tsunemi Watanabe has joined the Faculty of Society & Design as a Professor of Project Management. He previously taught Engineering, Economics, and Management at Kochi University of Technology in Japan, where he also held the position as Dean of the School of Economics and Management (2017-2019) and Vice Dean (2016 and 2022). 

Dr Watanabe’s research spans risk perception, risk management, project management, environmental management, construction management, and energy economics and management. He is highly published in his field, contributing to both books and international academic journals. Dr Watanabe is also a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), President of the Georisk Society in Japan, and is a Board chair for the Technology Research Association of Promoting Utilisation of Stationary Horizontal Jib Cranes and Improving Job Enrichment of Construction Technicians in Japan. 

Research interests

My current research interest looks at how each team member of a project can be autonomously motivated regardless of the type of project. I tackle this issue from the viewpoint of risk management: that is, how each person should take and manage a risk such that she/he can tackle the optimum challenge. I have developed this project management theory from the viewpoint of risk and motivation, which complements the PMBOK. 

Professional appointments

  • University of Tokyo, 1991-1997, Research Associate, Lecturer, Associate Professor
  • Kochi University of Technology, 1997-2006, Associate Professor
  • Kochi University of Technology, 2006-2022, Professor
  • Bond University, 2023- , Professor


  • Geography and Environmental Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, Award Date: 23 May 1991
  • Geography and Environmental Engineering, Master of Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Award Date: 28 May 1987
  • Sanitary Engineering, Master of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Award Date: 25 Mar 1985
  • Sanitary Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Award Date: 25 Mar 1983

Fields of Research

  • Building

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