Dr Michelle Turner is a senior lecturer with the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT.
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. She retains close links with industry through her applied research, as well as through engagement with the Project Management Institute. 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 has over 10 years of research experience. She has published 21 refereed papers in high impact journals, 11 peer-reviewed conference papers, and three book chapters. She has over 160 citations. Dr Turner has led competitive grants, funded both nationally and internationally. She 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.
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.
Dr Turner partners with industry to undertake research which has practical applications for organisations, with a focus on improving the health and well-being of workers. Dr Turner also collaborates with universities to develop the resilience of students in higher education.
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.
- Lingard, H.,Turner, M. (2018). Construction workers' health:occupational and environmental issues In: Valuing People in Construction, Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Turner, M.,Holdsworth, S.,Scott-Young, C. (2017). Resilience at university: the development and testing of a new measure In: Higher Education Research and Development, 36, 386 - 400
- Lingard, H.,Turner, M. (2017). Promoting construction workers' health: a multi-level system perspective In: Construction Management and Economics, 35, 239 - 253
- Holdsworth, S.,Turner, M.,Scott-Young, C. (2017). (In Press) ...Not drowning, waving. Resilience and university: a student perspective. In: Studies in Higher Education, , 1 - 17
- Lingard, H.,Turner, M. (2017). Work and well-being in the construction industry In: Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
- Turner, M.,Mills, T.,Kleiner, B.,Lingard, H. (2017). Suicide in the construction industry: it's time to talk In: Proceedings of the Joint CIB W099 and TG48 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 11-13 June 2017
- Mills, T.,Turner, M.,Pettinger, C. (2017). Advancing predictive indicators to prevent construction accidents In: Proceedings of the Joint CIB W099 andTG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construciton Conference 2017, Cape Town, South Africa, 11-13 June 2017
- Borg, J.,Turner, M.,Scott-Young, C. (2017). Fostering student work readiness - a university case study In: Proceedings of the 41st Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference (AUBEA 2017), Melbourne, Australia, 3 - 5 July 2017
- Turner, M.,Scott-Young, C.,Holdsworth, S. (2017). Promoting wellbeing at university: the role of resilience for students of the built environment. In: Construction Management and Economics, , 1 - 12
- 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
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)