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.
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Use of an Object-Oriented System for Optimizing Life Cycle Embodied Energy and Life Cycle ..
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Fluctuating Demands And Unexpected Events: An Action Research Approach To Improving Work-Family Interaction In Project-Based Construction Work
Construction workers, who comprise 8.5% of Australia's workforce, are a high risk group for work-family conflict (WFC), which is linked to n..
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Request for information frequency and their turnaround time in construction projects
Ajibade A Aibinu, Simon Carter, Valerie Francis, Paulo Vaz-Serra
Journal article | 2019 | Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to study the nature of request for information (RFIs) on construction projects by using data ..
Innovative vocational training for the Construction Industry
Valerie Francis, Vidal Paton-Cole
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | 11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-11)
The advent of the 21st century have resulted in significant population growth across the major Australian cities. Currently, the s..
Use of an Object-Oriented System for Optimizing Life Cycle Embodied Energy and Life Cycle Material Cost of Shopping Centres
Kumudu Weththasinghe, Andre Stephan, Valerie Francis, Piyush Tiwari
Book Chapter | 2019 | Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Shopping centres are an integral part and a critical component of urban cities in most economies. Typically, the shorter refurbish..
Facilitating Climate Change Adaptation in the Australian Construction Industry - Identification of Information Needs
A Hurlimann, Geoff Browne, Georgia Warren-Myers, Valerie Francis
Conference Proceedings | 2018
The construction industry creates a significant proportion of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is in a unique position to facil..
Can Construction Bidding Practices Be Improved Through Use of the SCRUM Project Framework?
Valerie Francis, P Vaz-Serra, AU Ullal, Andre, AGN Nahri, Aslan Ghods
Conference Proceedings | 2018
The selection of the “right” construction contractor has been a topic of continual interest within academia and industry, with att..
Women Academics in the Built Environment: Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand
V FRANCIS, L KESTLE, R SCOFIELD, S WILKINSON
Conference Proceedings | 2004 | AUBEA 2004: Higher Education Shaping the Built Environment. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Universities' Building Educators Association.
Civil engineers and work-family conflict: the role of workplace support on their work and non-work satisfaction and well-being
Conference Proceedings | 2003 | Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century. Sustainability and Innovation in Management and Technology
'Work-Life' Employment Practices - Meeting the Needs of Construction Professionals in the 21st Century
V FRANCIS, H LINGARD
Conference Proceedings | 2001 | Constructing and Managing the Built Envrionment: Education and Research for the Future. Proceedings of the Australasian University Building Educators Association 26th Annual Conference
Implementation Potential of Relationship Contracting between Contractors and Subcontractors in the Australian Construction Industry
AM HOBAN, V FRANCIS
Conference Proceedings | 2001 | Constructing and Managing the Built Environment: Education and Research for the Future. Proceedings of the Australasian University Building Educators Association 26th Annual Conference.
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Staff Equity Research Fellowship
Best Paper in Annual Conference
Chair In Construction
Architecture, Building And Planning
National Association of Women in Construction
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Applied Science (Project Management)
University of South Australia
Bachelor of Engineering