Ms Bernie Foley

Associate Dean Education ECMS
Ms Bernie Foley
  Org Unit School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
  Telephone +61 8 8313 0689
  Location Floor/Room 2 31e ,  Engineering North ,   North Terrace

2013 OLT Seed Grant Project Leader: Promoting student engagement and continual improvement: integrating professional quality management practice into engineering curricula ($48,000).

 2013 SafeWork SA Innovative Practice Grant Project Leader: Embedding safety in design (SiD) within the undergraduate engineering curriculum ($44,000).

 2012 Encouragement Certificate for the Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) National Award for Engineering Education Excellence (CR Willis, BA Foley and DG Wilson)

2011 Faculty of ECMS Excellence in Teaching Award (early career teaching award)

2004 WH Warren Medal by Engineers Australia for best published paper in the field of Civil Engineering

2003 GN Alexander Medal by the Institution of Engineers Australia for best paper in Hydrology and Water Resources in the previous 18 months.


My research focuses on using alternative thinking techniques and tools to advance the concept of sustainability and develop it as a journey. The objective is to determine a process that allows decision-makers to undertake an assessment of a project (or company) based on pre-determined sustainability criteria. Traditionally, projects have been assessed on technical and economic criteria. While it is recognised that many projects are now also assessed on environmental criteria there is little scope at present, with the available analytical tools, to combine the various assessments into a 'sustainability assessment'.

Analytical techniques generally require problems or situations to be broken into parts and assessed using quantitative data. Unless the quantitative data is of a similar nature, it is difficult to put the parts back together to see the whole picture or solution. Whole brain, non linear or Da Vincian thinking presents information to the brain in a different format and allows the relationships and interconnectedness of both quantitative and qualitative data to be assessed on their merits. The complex nature and interconnectedness of the concept of sustainability lends itself to using these alternative techniques for assessment purposes.


Foley, BA & Willis, C 2014, ‘Transforming engineering students into student engineers through multi-course project based learning', 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2014). 8-10 December. Wellington, New Zealand.

Foley, BA 2014, ‘Using Articulate Storyline to introduce students to professional practice, a case study' Invited workshop, The University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching, 21-22 November, Adelaide, Australia.

Foley, BA 2014, Reforming Engineering training by introducing Quality fundamentals into the undergraduate curriculum: the case study of University of Adelaide. Invited conference presentation at Qualcon 2014, 19-23 October, Adelaide, Australia.

Foley, B & Willis, C 2013, ‘A framework for the development of a Management System for Engineering Education (MaSEE)', Proceedings of 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2013), 8-11 December, Gold Coast, Australia.

Willis, C, Foley, B & Wilson, D 2012, ‘Improved student engagement in civil and mechanical engineering using a professional peer feedback process', Proceedings of 7th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 7, 9-12 December 2012, Adelaide, Australia.

Willis, C, & Foley, B 2011, ‘A student-created feedback approach for improved student engagement and learning' 6th ERGA Conference, The University of Adelaide, 28-30 September 2011.

Willison, J, Jerram, C, Hazel, S, Davidson, R, & Foley, B 2010, ‘Team Based Learning: students do read in advance and transform lecture into zones of analytical discussion', The changing Face of education: 5th ERGA Conference, The University of Adelaide. 23-24 September 2010.



Daniell, KA, Foley, BA, Kingsborough, AB, Maier, HR, Malovka, DJ & Sommerville, HC 2007, ‘The AUSTIME methodology: Quantifiable Sustainability Assessment Coupled with Multi-agent Simulation', In: Deakin, M Mitchell, G Nijkamp, P and Vreeker R 2007, Sustainable Urban Development, Volume 2: The Environmental Assessment Methods, Routledge, Oxon. pp 375-411.

Daniell, KA, Kingsborough, AB, Malovka, DJ, Sommerville, HC, Foley, BA & Maier, HR 2006, ‘Sustainability Assessment of Housing Developments: A New Methodology', In Perez, P & Batten, D 2006 Complex Science for a Complex World: Exploring Human Ecosystems with Agents, ANU E Press, Canberra. pp 111-146.

Daniell, KA, Kingsborough, AB, Malovka, DJ, Sommerville, HC, Foley, BA & Maier, HR 2005, ‘Sustainability Assessment of Housing Developments: A New Methodology' CABM-HEMA SMAGET: Joint Conference on Multi-agent Modelling for Environmental Management, 21-25 March 2005, Bourg St Maurice, Les Arcs, France.

Foley, BA & Daniell, TM 2004, ‘The role of WSUD in Improving the Sustainability of Urban Developments', Proceedings of Cities as Catchments, WSUD 2004 Conference, 21-24 November 2004,Adelaide, Australia.

Daniell, TM, Foley, BA & Daniell, KA 2004, ‘Sustainability in Water Resources Management - How Can it Help?', Proceedings of the 2004 International Symposium on Hydrological Environment, Daegu, Korea, International Hydrologic Society, October 8-9 2004, pp. 7-26.

Daniell, KA, Kingsborough, AB, Malovka, DJ, Sommerville, HC, Foley, BA, & Maier, HR 2004, ‘A Review of Sustainability Assessment for Housing Developments', Departmental Report R175, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Foley, BA & Daniell, TM, 2004 ‘Are Traditional Thinking And Decision-Making Techniques Adequate For Developing Sustainable Water Systems?' Australian Journal of Water Resources, vol 8, no. 1, pp 1-9.

Foley, BA & Daniell TM, 2004 ‘A Tool For Intrasectoral And Intersectoral Decision Making Based On Sustainability Criteria', Australian Journal of Water Resources, vol 8, no. 1, pp 11 -19.

Foley, BA, Daniell, TM & Warner, RF 2003, ‘What is Sustainability and can it be measured?', Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering, vol 1, no. 1, pp. l-8. [selected for publication from conference]

Foley, BA & Daniell, TM 2001, ‘Are Australian Water Use Patterns Sustainable', The Environmental Engineer, vol 2, no. 2, pp. 12-17.



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