Assoc Prof Geoffrey Sutherland

Research interests

Geoffrey Sutherland’s principal interests lie in the fields of leadership and management in organisations, manufacturing, civil engineering and construction, planning and environment, arbitration and mediation and interaction with international engineers.


Geoffrey Sutherland is a chartered engineer who also practices as a commercial arbitrator, a mediator and a company director. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide and of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne based upon an international study of organisations and engineers. His career has largely been in general management in the civil engineering, construction and manufacturing industries in Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, USA and South East Asia. He was a Director of Programs at the Australian Management College, Mount Eliza and the Victorian Director of the Institution of Engineers Australia. As a member of the Panels Victoria list he sat on numerous panels and chaired technical advisory groups and EES committees. He served a standard term on the Victorian Heritage Council and its committees and hearing panels. In addition to his public company directorship he has been a member of government, professional, church and academic boards. He was also a senior officer in the Australian Army Reserve. He is the independent chair of the TRUenergy Environment Review Committee of the Yallourn power station and Maryvale coal mine. He is presently active in lecturing and Research project supervision as a Principal Fellow of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering (formerly Civil and Environmental Engineering) at the University of Melbourne.