Professor John E Tookey

Consultant Profile

Professor John E Tookey
Director CUBE-NZ, School of Engineering
P: +64 9 921 9512  |  E:

Qualifications: PhD, BSc

Memberships & Affiliations: & MIEEE, MCIOB

Research Areas:

  • Construction management
  • Logistics
  • SCM
  • Productivity
  • Procurement
  • Building costs
  • BIM

Current Research Projects:

  • Economic Evaluation of Zero Waste Construction (BRANZ / Winstone Wallboards)
  • Transaction Costs economics in construction
  • Auckland lifelines project (BRANZ)

Current Consulting Areas & Projects:

  • Construction costs
  • Construction productivity
  • Housing Affordability


Selected journal publications:

  • Tookey, J.E., Murray, M.D., Langford, D.A.  and Hardcastle, C., (2001) Construction  Procurement Routes: redefining the contours of construction procurement, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 8 (1), Feb, pp20-30.
  • Dos Santos, A., Formoso, C.T. and Tookey, J.E. (2002), Expanding the Meaning of Standardisation within Construction Processes, The TQM Magazine, 14(1), pp25-33.
  • Santos, A.; Tookey, J. & Moser, L. (2003) Applying the Concept of Mobile Cell Manufacturing on the Drywall Process. ICFAI Journal of Operations Management.
  • Shakantu, W., Tookey, J.E. and Bowen, P.A. (2003) The Hidden Cost of Transportation of Construction Materials: An Overview. Engineering, Design and Technology, 1(1), pp. 103-118
  • Tookey, J.E., Bowen, P.A., Hardcastle, C. and Murray, M.D. (2005), Concurrent Engineering: A comparison between the aerospace and construction industries, Engineering Design and Technology, 3(1), 44-55.
  • Shakantu, W.M.W., Tookey, J.E. and Chileshe, N. (2007) Optimization of Construction Logistics: A Core Competency for A Future Construction Industry. Journal of Construction, Vol 1, No.1, pp. 12-19, ISSN:1994-7402, Official Journal of Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa
  • Shakantu, W., Tookey, J.E., Mua, M. and Bowen, P.A. (2007) Beyond Egan's supply chain management: advancing the role of logistics in the South African construction industry. Acta Structilia, 14(1): 93-115.
  • Shakantu, W M, Muya, A, Tookey, J and Bowen P A (2008), Flow modelling of construction site materials and waste logistics:  A case study from Cape Town, South Africa, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 15 (5), Sept, pp423-439
  • Shakantu, W M, Muya, A, Tookey, J and Bowen P A (2008), Evaluating truck empty running in construction: a case study from Cape Town, South Africa, Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 8(2), Dec, pp41-49.
  • Shakantu, W M, Muya, A, Tookey, J.E. and Bowen P A (2009), Conceptualising reverse logistics in a construction context: re-defining its contours, Journal of Contemporary Management, Volume 6, pp81-96 ISSN 1815-7440
  • Vidalakis,C., Tookey, J.E. and Sommerville, J (2011), The logistics of construction supply chains - the builders' merchant perspective, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management 18(1) ISSN: 0969-9988
  • Tran, V and Tookey, J (2011) Labour productivity in the New Zealand construction industry: A thorough investigation, Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 (1) 41-60.
  • Vidalakis, C. Tookey, J.E. and Sommerville, J. (2011), Logistics simulation modelling across construction supply chains, Journal of Construction Innovation 11(2), pp. 212 - 228
  • Raina, P and Tookey, J.E. (2011) Construction Defects and Monetary Retentions in Construction Projects: A Review of Case Law, Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (accepted - in press).
  • Thiruchelvam, S and Tookey, J.E. (2012), Evolving Trends of Supplier Selection Criteria and Methods, International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (IJAME) Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Issue 5, pp.10-28.
  • Tookey J.E. (2012) Global innovation: generic responses to the need for innovation in the construction industry, Journal of Construction Innovation Information, Process, Management 11(4):376-379
  • Tran, V. and Tookey, J. E. (2012). Directions for future construction supply chain management research in New Zealand: A real options perspective. International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management 2(1), 34-45.
  • Thiruchelvam, S., Tookey, J.E., Samarasinghe, D.A.S., Hock, Q.W., Mustapha, K.N. and Kadirgama, K., (2012), Supplier selection criteria in a power utility in malaysia: engineers' perceptions. Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences (JMES), 2(Volume 2), 148-161
  • Tran, V. D., Tookey, J., & Roberti, J. (2012). Shaving BIM: establishing a framework for future bim research in new zealand. International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management, 2(2), 66-79. Retrieved from
  • Vidalakis, C., Tookey, J.E., Sommerville, J (2013) Demand uncertainty in construction supply chains: A discrete event simulation study, Journal of the Operational Research Society (in press)
  • Thiruchelvam, S., Tookey, J.E., Samarasinghe, D.A.S., Hock, Q.W., Mustapha, K.N. and Kadirgama, K., (2013), An endeavor to improve the operational and financial performances of a Malaysian power utility, World Journal of Sciences (in press)
  • Rajeh M, Tookey J, Rotimi J (2014) BEST PROCUREMENT SELECTION: DEVELOPMENT OF A CONCEPTUAL MODEL BASED ON TRANSACTION COSTS, Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building - Conference Series, 2(2)

Ying, F., Tookey, J.E. and Roberti,
J. (2014), Addressing effective construction logistics through the lens of
vehicle movements, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management,
21(3), pp 261-275

In addition:-

  • 70 + conference papers
  • 3 book chapters
  • 3 BRANZ Build Articles


Professor Tookey graduated from the University of Bradford (UK) in 1993 with a BSc Technology and Management Science. He subsequently returned to university to study for his PhD, which was awarded in 1998 for his thesis entitled "Concurrent Engineering in the Aerospace Industry: A comparative study of the US and UK".

From 1998 to 2006 Professor Tookey worked in Glasgow Caledonian University as first a researcher then as a lecturer. In 2006 he moved to the University of Auckland and then moved to AUT in 2009. During his time with each of these institutions he developed new programmes at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. To date he has managed a total of 5 masters degree programmes, and newly established a total of 3 postgraduate and 2 undergraduate programmes.

Professor Tookey has an extensive record of publication and research in the construction industry, as well as engagement with industry. Currently he has published close to 100 works, as well as having graduated over 10 PhD students. His research is primarily industry centric with extensive work related to housing and construction costs as well as waste reduction, waste minimization and supplychain / logistics management in construction etc.

Professor Tookey has also consulted for industry producing various reports and acting as a peer reviewer and referee for other reviews. Professor Tookey has established a research grouping at AUT University called the Centre for Urban Built Environment (CUBE-NZ) as a principle vehicle to bring together research capability across a range of disciplines linked to the construction industry in NZ. In addition Professor Tookey has regularly developed and presented training and professional development courses for a number of organisations in both the UK and NZ including Dickie Construction (Scotland), NZ Institute of Management (NZIM), Fonterra and IPENZ.