Prof Nick Blismas

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Nick is Professor in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University in Melbourne. He joined RMIT from Loughborough University (UK) in 2004 after several years post-doctoral work. He worked as project manager in housing and corporate re-imaging prior to commencing an academic career.

His main research fields over the years have included design for construction safety; off-site manufacture and housing production. Publications have included industry toolkits, reports and over 70 academic journal and conference publications. He has undertaken research funded directly by industry, Virginia Tech [via NIOSH (US)], AusIndusty and has held 4 ARC grants (Linkage & Discovery). Between 2014 and 2015 he was Director of the Centre for Construction Work Health & Safety Research at RMIT University. He has been a part-time academic since 2016.

The response to the pandemic confirmed how freedom of thought and speech had been seriously eroded in research institutions and public discourse. This has prompted him to dedicate time to promoting and restoring freedom in science and research.

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