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Dr Dominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui



Senior Lecturer, Construction Management


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Arch & Built Enviro


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Biography summary

Dr Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui holds a PhD in Infrastructure Delivery and Construction Project Management from the University of Edinburgh (UK), completing the thesis "Rethinking Construction Cost Overruns". Dominic also holds an MSc (with distinction) in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Heriot-Watt University (UK) in addition to a BSc (Hons, First Class) in Building Technology from KNUST, Ghana.

Prior to joining Deakin University, Dominic was Lecturer of Construction & Project Management at Robert Gordon University, UK (2014 - 2017) and a Tutor in Civil Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK (2012 - 2014). Dominic was also a Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Civil Engineering, Curtin University, Australia (May 2016).

Dominic is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), a Member of the Australian Cost Engineering Society (ACES) and an Incorporated Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Research interests

Dr Ahiaga-Dagbui's research focuses on delivery of large and complex infrastructure projects, taking into consideration future operational costs, adaptability and end-user needs. His academic contributions are in the areas of construction cost overrun, future-proofing infrastructure, front-end project governance, client capabilities for cost-effective asset procurement and offshore decommissioning.

Dr Ahiaga-Dagbu's research is conducted in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers across two research groups. See the

His broad research interests cover:

  1. Megaproject Delivery
  2. Transport Futures Research
  3. Large Infrastructure procurement
  4. Industry 4.0
  5. Front-End Project Governance
  6. Project Risk Management

Dr Ahiaga-Dagbui is currently available to take on new PhD students. His publication activities are updated regularly on ResearchGate


  1. Group Leader, Deakin Megaprojects Research Group,
  2. Co-Lead, Deakin Transport Futures Hub,

Units taught

  1. Project Risk Management (Postgraduate Masters)
  2. Building Project Evaluation (Postgraduate Masters)
  3. Legal Risk Management (Postgraduate Masters)
  4. Construction Research Thesis (Postgraduate Masters)
  5. Project Planning and Scheduling (Undergraduate Honours)
  6. Building Development Appraisal (Undergraduate Honours)
  7. Introduction to Construction Research (Undergraduate Honours)

Media appearances

  1. "Deakin researcher warns of cost blowout" Roads and Infrastructure (August 2019)
  2.  "Government’s infrastructure cost ‘almost a coin toss’" Build Australia (August 2019) 
  3. "Governments need to reign in infrastructure costs" Architecture and Design (August 2019)
  4. Invited submission made to the UK Parliament's Inquiry on the "Government’s Management of Major Projects" (May 2019),
  5. Local Transport Today (UK): "Academics clash on causes of transport cost overruns"  Full journal article can be found at
  6. Transport Knowledge Hub -
  7. Building Economists - "Developing collaborative and less adversarial project teams" Page 43-46 at
  8. Energy News Bulletin: "Offshore Decommissioning in UK North Sea and Implications for Australia" (An invited talk at Curtin University, Australia, May 2016)  (
  9. Conference Paper Award, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (2015): Scottish Construction Now

Research groups

Deakin Transport Futures Research Hub,


Current Projects

  1. Innovating Major Project Contracting: Maximising Value
  2. Value Capture of Infrastructure Projects
  3. Client Capability Development for Major Project Delivery
  4. Rethinking Risk Allocation - improving project delivery outcomes


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Praxis of knowledge-management and trust-based collaborative relationships in project delivery: mediating role of a project facilitator

O Tokede, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, J Morrison

(2022), Vol. 15, pp. 595-618, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, C1

journal article

Optimism Bias in Transport Project Cost Appraisal: A review of the current body of knowledge

Yizi Chen, Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui, Jamal Thaheem, Asheem Shrestha



Transportation infrastructure cost underestimation: investigating the front-end debate

Alolote Amadi, Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2021), Vol. 13, pp. 301-328, International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, Olney, Eng., C1

journal article

An industry structured for unsafety? An exploration of the cost-safety conundrum in construction project delivery

D Oswald, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, F Sherratt, S Smith

(2020), Vol. 122, Safety Science, C1

journal article

Building high-performing and integrated project teams

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, O Tokede, J Morrison, A Chirnside

(2020), Vol. 27, pp. 3341-3361, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, C1

journal article

Risk assessment in the maintenance of offshore caisson operations

O Tokede, A Ayinla, P Love, D Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 376-391, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, C1

journal article

Make-or-break during production: shedding light on change-orders, rework and contractors margin in construction

P Love, L Ika, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, G Locatelli, M Sing

(2019), Vol. 30, pp. 285-298, Production Planning and Control, C1

journal article

Planning for production in construction: controlling costs in major capital projects

J Caffieri, P Love, A Whyte, D Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 41-50, Production Planning and Control, C1

journal article

Debunking 'fake news' in a post-truth era: the plausible untruths of cost underestimation in transport infrastructure projects

P Love, D Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2018), Vol. 113, pp. 357-368, Transportation research part A: policy and practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cost profiling of water infrastructure projects

P Love, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith, M Sing, O Tokede

(2018), Vol. 24, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, C1

journal article

Life cycle option appraisal in retrofit buildings

O Tokede, P Love, D Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2018), Vol. 178, pp. 279-293, Energy and Buildings, C1

journal article

Coaching the team towards high-performance: Facilitation for infrastructure delivery

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, O Tokede, John Morrison, A Chirnside

(2018), pp. 1-17, Proceedings of the 11th International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) World Congress & the 22nd Annual Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Conference, Sydney, New South Wales, E1


Life-cycle costing: Insights, oversights, foresights

O Tokede, Astrid Roetzel, Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2018), pp. 1-14, ICEC-PAQS 2018 : Proceedings of the Joint 11th International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) World Congress & the 22nd Annual Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Conference, Sydney, New South Wales, E1


Costing and technological challenges of offshore oil and gas decommissioning in the U.K. North Sea

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, P Love, A Whyte, P Boateng

(2017), Vol. 143, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, C1-1

journal article

Light rail transit cost performance: Opportunities for future-proofing

P Love, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, M Welde, J Odeck

(2017), Vol. 100, pp. 27-39, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, C1

journal article

Toward a Systemic View to Cost Overrun Causation in Infrastructure Projects: A Review and Implications for Research

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, P Love, S Smith, F Ackermann

(2017), Vol. 48, pp. 88-98, Project Management Journal, C1

journal article

Exploring visual asset management collaboration: learning from the oil and gas sector

M Leon, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, C Flemming, R Laing

(2017), pp. 765-774, ARCOM 2017 : Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference 2017, Cambridge, Eng., E1


Cost overruns in transportation infrastructure projects: sowing the seeds for a probabilistic theory of causation

P Love, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, Z Irani

(2016), Vol. 92, pp. 184-194, Transportation research part A: policy and practice, Kidlington, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Evaluating the whole-life cost implication of revocability and disruption in office retrofit building projects

O Tokede, D Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2016), Vol. 1, pp. 321-330, ARCOM 2016: Proceedings of the 32nd Association of Researchers in Construction Management Annual Conference, Manchester, England, E1


Spotlight on construction cost overrun research: superficial, replicative and stagnated

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith, P Love, F Ackermann

(2015), pp. 863-872, ARCOM 2015 : Proceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Lincoln, Eng., E1-1


Modelling economic risks in megaproject construction: a systemic approach

P Boateng, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, Z Chen, S Ogunlana

(2015), pp. 115-124, ARCOM 2015 : Proceedings of the 31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Lincoln, Eng., E1-1


Challenges associated with communication medium among project teams on mass housing project delivery in Ghana

E Adinyira, T Kwofie, D Ahiaga-Dagbui

(2015), pp. 394-411, ICIDA 2015 : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, Kumasi, Ghana, E1-1


Dealing with construction cost overruns using data mining

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith

(2014), Vol. 32, pp. 682-694, Construction management and economics, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Rethinking construction cost overruns: cognition, learning and estimation

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 38-54, Journal of financial management of property and construction, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Mapping relational efficiency in neuro-fuzzy hybrid cost models

O Tokede, D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith, S Wamuziri

(2014), pp. 1458-1467, ASCE 2014 : Proceedings of the 2014 Constructions Research Congress, Atlanta, Georgia, E1-1


Exploring escalation of commitment in construction project management: Case study of the scottish parliament project

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith

(2014), pp. 753-762, Proceedings of the 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, Portsmouth, UK, E1-1


A neuro-fuzzy hybrid model for predicting final cost of water infrastructure projects

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, O Tokede, S Smith, S Wamuziri

(2013), pp. 181-190, ARCOM 2013 : Proceedings of the 29th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference 2013, Reading, England, E1-1


My cost runneth over: data mining to reduce construction cost overruns

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith

(2013), pp. 559-568, ARCOM 2013 : Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Reading, U.K., E1-1


Neural networks for modelling the final target cost of water projects

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, S Smith

(2012), pp. 307-316, ARCOM 2012 : Proceedings of the 28th Association of Researchers in Construction Management Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, E1-1


Potential risks to international joint ventures in developing economies: the Ghanaian construction industry experience

D Ahiaga-Dagbui, F Fugar, J McCarter, E Adinyira

(2011), pp. 1-9, CIB W107 : Innovation and sustainable construction : Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation and Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries, Hanoi, Vietnam, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Market Capacity Lightening Project.

Dr M. Reza Hosseini, Dr Azadeh Ghari Neiat, Dr Dominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui, Prof Anthony Mills

Infrastructure Australia

  • 2021: $18,181

Innovating Major Project Contracting: Maximising Value in Infrastructure Delivery.

Dr Dominic Doe Ahiaga-Dagbui, Dr Asheem Shrestha, Dr Jamal Thaheem, Mr John Kite, Dr Matteo Donato

Department of Transport

  • 2022: $47,710


Associate Supervisor

Jiacheng Jiao

Thesis entitled: Quantifying Urban Development Intensity within a Low Carbon Transport Context

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment), School of Architecture and Built Environment