Working with industry to improve worker's health and well-being and educating project management professionals.
Dr Turner is a scholar in the field of work-family interaction, health and well-being, and resilience. She conducts applied research in the construction industry, higher education, and with project management practitioners. In 2008, Dr Turner joined academia and undertook doctoral research, developing a work-life fit model for the Australian construction workforce. Alongside her research activities, she is a senior lecturer in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) and Master of Project Management programs at RMIT University. Michelle retains close links with industry through her applied research, as well as through engagement with the Project Management Institute, Resilient Melbourne, and the International Global Resilience Research Network. From 2014–2016 Dr Turner was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute Melbourne Chapter.
Since joining RMIT in 2011, Dr Turner has delivered collaborative research projects in the fields of:
- improving health and well-being
- work-life balance and work-life interaction
Dr Turner is an experienced chief investigator who has led multiple research projects. Dr Turner is a member of the RMIT Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research. Her research is aligned with the Health and Well-being area of the Centre. She collaborates with researchers both in Australia and internationally on construction worker well-being, resilience of students in higher education, and building resilience in connected communities.
Honours and awards
In 2017 Dr Turner was successful in being awarded funding from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) who are based in the United Kingdom. The funded research project aims to explore the work ability of construction workers and examine the relationship between physical pain and mental health. Funding applications were received from 15 countries, indicating that CIOB has recognised the importance of Dr Turner's research.
In 2016 Dr Turner was awarded a Visiting Research Scholarship to the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the United States from September 2016 to February 2017. This award was in recognition of her research track record and emerging research profile.
In 2015 Dr Turner's co-authored article (below) was chosen by Taylor & Francis for inclusion in a prestigious online collection focusing on the Psychology of Work as part of the work-life balance stream:
Turner, M., & Lingard, H. (2014). Identification and verification of demands and resources within a work–life fit framework: Evidence from the Australian construction industry. Community, Work & Family, 17(3), 268-28.
In 2015 Dr Turner was nominated by RMIT University for the Dr Eric Wigglesworth OHS Education (Research) Award.
In 2013, Dr Turner received an Early Career Academic (Higher Education) Teaching Award Commendation from RMIT University.
Chartered Institute of Building (United Kingdom)
This research explored work ability and the relationship between physical pain and mental health in the construction industry. Partners include construction organisations from Australia and the United States.
Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General
A participatory action research project was used to develop, implement and evaluate health promotion strategies for manual/non-managerial construction workers in the Queensland construction industry.
RMIT University (Australia) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (United States)
Dr Turner (and colleagues) developed the Resilience at University Scale which was used to explore the resilience of undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking studies in the built environment.
Resilience at University: understanding the student experience. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, United States. 10 February 2017.
Research Spotlight – Mental Health in the Construction Industry. Meyers-Lawson School of Construction Industry Board, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, United States. 9 December 2016.
Health and Well-being in the Construction Industry: an overview of research. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, United States. 21 October 2016.
Exploring the resilience of project professionals. Property, Construction and Project Management Research Seminar, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. 27 July 2016.
Resilience and Wellbeing of Project Managers. Project Management Institute: Melbourne Chapter. Melbourne, Australia. 22 June 2016.
Health and Well-being in the Construction Industry: an overview of research. Property, Construction and Project Management Research Seminar. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. 22 April 2016.
Healthier. Happier. Workplace's initiative: Workers' health in the Queensland construction industry. Workplace Wellness Conference. Sydney, Australia, 30 July 2015.
- Groen, C.,Simmons, D.,Turner, M. (2019). Developing Resilience: Experiencing and Managing Stress in a US Undergraduate Construction Program In: Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 145, 1 - 12
- Holdsworth, S.,Turner, M.,Scott-Young, C. (2018). ...Not drowning, waving. Resilience and university: a student perspective. In: Studies in Higher Education, 43, 1837 - 1853
- Lingard, H.,Turner, M. (2018). Construction workers' health:occupational and environmental issues In: Valuing People in Construction, Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Borg, J.,Turner, M.,Scott-Young, C. (2018). Are They Work Ready? A Closer Look At What The Construction Project Managers Of Tomorrow Are Being Taught In Today's Classrooms In: RICS COBRA 2018 The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London, United Kingdom, 23 - 24 April 2018
- Sherratt, F.,Turner, M. (2018). Exploring the hidden social consequences of working in construction with q methodology: developing a study for Australia and the UK In: Coping with the Complexity of Safety, Health, and Wellbeing in Construction, Salvador, Brazil, 1-3 August 2018
- Scott-Young, C.,Turner, M.,Holdsworth, S. (2018). Fit for work? Comparative mental health of built environment undergraduates In: Proceedings of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference 2018, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3-5 September 2018
- Turner, M.,Holdsworth, S.,Scott-Young, C. (2018). Developing the resilient project professional: examining the student experience In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, , 1 - 14
- Turner, M.,Holdsworth, S.,Scott-Young, C.,Johnson, A. (2017). Profiling resilience among construction management students: an international comparison In: Proceedings of the 33rd Association of Researchers in Construction Management Annual Conference (ARCOM 2017), Cambridge, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2017
- Borg, J.,Scott-Young, C.,Turner, M. (2017). Student work readiness: evaluating a new model In: Proceedings of the 2017 European Academy of Management: (EURAM) Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 21-24 June 2017
- Oswald, D.,Turner, M. (2017). Exploring health and well-being of workers on a large multinational construction project In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate (CRIOCM 2017), Melbourne, Australia, 20-23 November 2017
1 PhD Current Supervisions
- Work-ability: Exploring the interaction between bodily pain and mental health. Funded by: Chartered Institute of Building Jenkins Legacy Research Fund 2016 from (2017 to 2019)