John Grill Institute Spring Newsletter – October 2022

October 6, 2022

Welcome to the John Grill Institute for Project Leadership’s Spring Newsletter. Every quarter, we will keep you up to date with the latest news, events and research.

2022 has been a busy time as the Institute continues transitioning to its new home alongside the School of Project Management in the Faculty of Engineering. Director Professor Jennifer Whyte has been in her role for over a year and has made great strides as we seek to become the ‘go-to’ place globally for advice on how to set up and execute projects.


2022 International Symposium: Project Leadership in a Changing World

Our second International Symposium on Project Leadership in a Changing World is fast approaching. Building on last year’s discussion, the event is an opportunity to share the latest thinking on project leadership across an international research, policy and practice community. It will take place virtually over two sessions on Thursday 3rd November (9:00AM-12:00PM AEDT) and Thursday 10th November (6:30PM-9:00PM AEDT).

Read More/Register  

9th International Megaprojects ‘Theory Meets Practice’ Workshop

The John Grill Institute for Project Leadership and School of Project Management are hosting the 9th International Megaprojects ‘Theory Meets Practice’ Workshop at the University of Sydney on April Monday 3rd-Tuesday 4th April, 2023. The theme for this event is At Crossroads. This is particularly pertinent as the world faces grand challenges in the form of climate change, social inequality, polarised politics and biodiversity loss – making it difficult for infrastructure development projects to progress. We welcome you to join us to further the debate are also calling for papers related to the topic.

Read More

John Grill Institute Knowledge Bank launches

Our Knowledge Bank is now live. It showcases journal articles, reports conference papers and events that best reflect our research themes of Project Leadership, Project Models and Digital Transformation, Organisational Dynamics of Projects and Projects for Sustainable, Resilient and Just Futures. You can also find and contact experts related to each theme.

Read More

Collaboration and Contracts in Projects: Anna Kadefors

On September 27 the Faculty of Engineering and School of Project Management hosted a Distinguished Lecture Series webinar on ‘Collaboration and Contracts in Projects’ with Professor Anna Kadefors from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Professor Kadefors gave an overview of her research on how intuitive perceptions of fairness, trust and motivation may both foster and counteract collaboration in construction projects.

Read More

Professor Nuno Gil arrives on sabbatical

Professor Nuno Gil has arrived on sabbatical at the School of Project Management and John Grill Institute for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney. Mr Gil is a Professor of New Infrastructure Development at the University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School and will continue his research on the design of structures and processes to create economic and social value during his time in Australia.

Read More

Trends and Insights and Associated Reforms for NSW Infrastructure Projects: Marina van der Walt

The Institute’s Infrastructure in a Changing World talks series continued on Wednesday 24th August with the visit of Head of Assurance at Infrastructure New South Wales, Marina van der Walt – who spoke about Trends and Insights and Associated Reforms for NSW Infrastructure Projects. The NSW Government announced an infrastructure pipeline of $112.7 billion over the next four years in its 2022-23 Budget – a record investment that highlights the importance of completing projects on time and within budget, despite unprecedented challenges faced by the construction industry.

Read More

The School of Project Management is hiring

Multiple continuing (tenure-track) academic positions at the School of Project Management are currently being advertised. The School is searching for faculty members that work in any aspect of project, program, and portfolio organising, candidates whose work draws novel insights into the field of project management and project studies, and candidates taking an interdisciplinary approach to projects. If you or someone you know is interested in joining a growing team that designs and delivers world-leading teaching and research please apply via the link below or contact Professor Jennifer Whyte directly.



  • Whyte, J., Naderpajouh, N., Clegg, S., Matous, P., Pollack, J., & Crawford, L. (2022). Project leadership: A research agenda for a changing world. Project Leadership And Society3, 100044.
  • Wanigasekara, S., Ali, M., French, E., & Baker, M. (2022). Internal and external networking behaviors and employee outcomes: a test of gender moderating effect. Personnel Review.
  • Whyte, J., Comi, A., & Mosca, L. (2022). Making futures that matter: Future making, online working and organizing remotely. Organization Theory3(1), 263178772110691.

John Grill Institute for Project Leadership |

School of Project Management | Faculty of Engineering

K06A Level 2, 21 Ross Street, Forest Lodge, NSW

The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006