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Valerie Francis

Chair In Construction
Architecture, Building And Planning
building
science & technology
technology
engineering
engineering, civil
social sciences
validation
construction industry
construction & building technology
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Prof

Valerie Francis

 
Division
Architecture, Building And Planning
 
Primary Interest
Construction training
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Prof

Valerie Francis

 

Valerie Francis is a Professor in Construction Management and Chair in Construction within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Educated as a civil engineer, she has over ten years’ experience in commercial, industrial and domestic construction as a senior structural engineer and project manager.

Valerie joined the University of Melbourne in 2000 and has served on the Faculty Executive, was an Associate Dean (Resources) and Program Coordinator for the Masters of Construction Management. She has a Master’s degree in Project Management and a PhD.Valerie's research has investigated issues affecting construction productivity, procurement, technology adoption, employee satisfaction, construction education, work-life balance and gender equity. Her research work has resulted in the publication of a wide number of industry reports and papers in top tier international journals as well as local Australian journals. Valerie is a recognised expert in the field of work-life balance in the construction. Her study on professional women’s career progression is the largest study of its nature worldwide and resulted in the development of a career typology for professional women. She is currently working with the Victorian State Government on strategies to encourage more women into the construction trades. She has recently completed a project investigating the use of mobile technologies on site and is currently investigating the use of agile techniques in construction. From 2018 to 2020 she will be evaluating the use of VR in construction education. This alternative form of construction training delivery has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) in conjunction with Exner Education and AECOM. She is a long time advocate of women in non traditional careers, helping establish the women in engineering group in SA in the 1980s and serving as its initial convenor. In 2010 she won the NAWIC Bovis Lend Lease Crystal Vision Award (Victoria) for her twenty five years of service to women in engineering and construction. She was subsequently awarded the National Crystal Vision Award in 2012. This is awarded every two years by the National Association of Women in Construction.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 62 most recent scholarly works by Valerie Francis.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2012

National Crystal Vision Award, National Association of Women in Construction

2012

Australasian University Building Educators Association

2010

Crystal Vision Award, National Association of Women in Construction (Victoria)

2007

Postgraduate Scholarship

National Association of Women in Construction

2007

Staff Equity Research Fellowship

The University of Melbourne

2001

Best Paper in Annual Conference

Australasian University Building Educators Association

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Chair In Construction

Architecture, Building And Planning

Member

National Association of Women in Construction

Corporate Member

FIEAust

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Applied Science (Project Management)

University of South Australia

Bachelor of Engineering

Adelaide University