Dr Tanvi Newaz

Dr Tanvi Newaz

Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary

Biography

Tanvi Newaz is working as a Lecturer in Construction Management at School of the Architecture and Built Environment (SABE). He teaches the Health and Safety in Built Environment (ARBE2303) and Construction Law and Legislation (ARBE1301) courses at the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Tanvi's PhD project was funded by John Holland and Northwest Rapid Transit Railway project (Sydney). This research project adds significant value to the workers' health and safety research in the construction field. Using the concept of 'Psychological Contract' his research project measured the safety outcomes and developed a taxonomy of supervisor-worker behaviour which can improve the safety outcomes in a construction site.

Tanvi is also interested in other managerial and governance issues of construction projects which reinforce the long-term sustainability of the business. He has published his research works in leading WHS and construction management journals. Currently, Tanvi is working as Chief Investigator in a project funded by the Australian government (NSW Environmental Trust). The project aims to identify the factors affecting NSW waste stream and develop a theoretical framework for improving waste management.

His teaching methods place emphasis on combining experiential activities with group work, guided reflection, and sharing of practical work experiences, which together provide opportunities for the development of key management skills, such as teamwork, leadership, planning, problem-solving, decision-making and ability to negotiate in a construction-business environment.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, East West University
  • Master of Arts, University of Westminster - UK

Keywords

  • Construction Business Management
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Human Resource Management Practices
  • Mental Health
  • Psychological Contract
  • Resilience Development
  • Workplace Health and Safety

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Bengali (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
330202 Building construction management and project planning 60
330205 Building organisational studies 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
14/3/2019 -  Lecturer The University of Newcastle
Australia
8/10/2015 -  Research Assistant The University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Australia
1/7/2014 - 25/5/2015 Assistant Professor BRAC University
BRAC Business School
Bangladesh
1/11/2012 - 26/6/2014 Senior Lecturer BRAC University
BRAC Business School
Bangladesh
2/1/2011 - 25/10/2012 Lecturer BRAC University
BARC Business School
Bangladesh

Awards

Award

Year Award
2015 University of Newcastle International Post Graduate Research Scholarship (UNIPRS)
The University of Newcastle
2015 University of Newcastle Research Scholarship (UNRS 75:25)
The University of Newcastle
2005 East West University Vice-Chancellor Award
East West University

Research Award

Year Award
2019 AUBEA 2019 Conference Best Paper
Australasian University Building Educators Association (AUBEA)
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Role of Psychological Contract to Influence Safety Behaviour at Construction Sites', Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany 545-555 (2018) [B1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-94589-7_53
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Manikam Pillay, Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies
2017 Davis P, Newaz MT, 'New to University, New to Global Mobility', The Global Canopy Stories of Discipline-Based Learning Interactions to Promote Global Mobility, Writing Bureau, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Peter Davis

Journal article (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Davis P, Aziz F, Newaz MT, Sher W, Simon L, 'The classification of construction waste material using a deep convolutional neural network', AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 122 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.autcon.2020.103481
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Willy Sher, Peter Davis, Laura Simon
2021 Ershadi M, Davis P, Newaz MT, 'Important academic interventions for promoting resilience: The perception of construction management undergraduates', Construction Management and Economics, 39 340-355 (2021) [C1]

Academic institutions play a prominent role in nurturing resilience skills in their graduates especially in fields, such as construction management (CM), which deal with a challen... [more]

Academic institutions play a prominent role in nurturing resilience skills in their graduates especially in fields, such as construction management (CM), which deal with a challenging work environment. Although resilience is a well-established topic in the literature, there is still a paucity of research that examines the importance of academic resilience interventions in the CM discipline. To address this research gap, this study aims to analyse the importance of academic resilience interventions (ARI) from the perception of CM students. First, the literature on ARIs in relevant contexts was reviewed followed by a quantitative survey to obtain the viewpoints of undergraduates undertaking CM programs in Australia. This paper is based on the survey data collected from 105 undergraduate students from five universities. Applying an exploratory factor analysis (EFA), three latent variables were found: (1) industry engagement; (2) raising awareness; and (3) readiness and empowerment to represent the identified ARIs. An importance analysis using the 2D quadrant method revealed that the ARI measures labelled ¿site visits,¿ ¿role model,¿ and ¿self-assessment¿ from the industry engagement aspect (factor1), ¿role-playing¿ from the raising awareness aspect (factor2), and ¿case study¿ from the readiness and empowerment aspect (factor3) are the most important ARIs from the perception of students. An independent-samples t-test revealed that there is no significant difference between the perception of male and female students on the importance of each ARI. The study provides an enhanced understanding of resilience interventions that can be leveraged for improving the CM curricula.

DOI 10.1080/01446193.2021.1876896
Co-authors Mahmoud Ershadi, Peter Davis
2021 Newaz MT, Wang D, Davis P, Wang X, Jefferies M, Sheng Z, 'A cross-cultural validation of the psychological contract of safety on construction sites', Safety Science, 141 (2021) [C1]

A Psychological Contract of Safety (PCS), based on mutual obligations between supervisors and workers, has been observed in an Australian construction context applied to safety. I... [more]

A Psychological Contract of Safety (PCS), based on mutual obligations between supervisors and workers, has been observed in an Australian construction context applied to safety. It has been described in recent research explaining the influential role of supervisors. In the past, there have been numerous studies establishing that the mainstream theory of the Psychological Contract (PC) affects behaviour when applied to various cultural backgrounds. Despite this, there is no established theory that explains how PCS may influence workers¿ behaviour in alternative cultural backgrounds. To test this theory, data were collected from construction projects in two divergent cultures, Australian and Chinese. A sample of 352 Australian and 374 Chinese construction workers completed a survey related to PCS and its influence on safety behaviour. Results from using Structural Equation Modelling show that there is a strong influence of the PCS on the safety behaviour of individual workers in both countries. Specifically, the Chinese workers placed higher PCS influence on both compliance and participation behaviour than the Australian workers. The research findings have been contextualized with managerial and cultural implications allowing practitioners to apply the mechanism to improve safety behaviours of workers in their respective cultural contexts. Conceptualising the extant PC theory as a framework from which to leverage PCS management initiatives brings a new approach to construction safety studies, revealing the influential role of supervisors in interpreting safety obligations in a cross-cultural construction setting.

DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105360
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2021 Newaz MT, Ershadi M, Jefferies M, Davis P, 'Assessing safety management factors to develop a research agenda for the construction industry', Safety Science, 142 (2021) [C1]

Previous research enables managers to apply appropriate safety management factors for increased site safety. However, the heterogeneity of such factors in contemporary studies mak... [more]

Previous research enables managers to apply appropriate safety management factors for increased site safety. However, the heterogeneity of such factors in contemporary studies makes it difficult for practitioners to keep up to date with relevant alternatives. There is a paucity of systematic reviews that examine factors, map out their relationships, categorize research gaps, assess the practicality of research findings, and offer direction for future research. In this paper, a systematic review of 2574 articles published between 2010 and 2020 and a full-text examination of 75 quantitative surveys were conducted to catalogue, synthesize, and assess safety management factors in contemporary literature. Thematic analysis subsequently revealed 38 interrelated safety management factors to be classified under three individual, workgroup, and organizational groups. A critical content analysis of the representative studies was conducted to identify five future research trends as well as associated research gaps and directions on construction safety management in the form of an agenda suggesting a shift in research emphasis from physical safety issues to organizational and culture-related factors that have the potential to systematically enhance the overall safety performance. Furthermore, directions are provided to safety practitioners concerning the useful implementation of safety management factors.

DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105396
Co-authors Peter Davis, Mahmoud Ershadi, Marcus Jefferies
2021 Wang X, Qiao Y, Wang D, Sheng Z, Newaz MT, 'Psychological Contract of Safety and Construction Worker Behavior: Felt Safety Responsibility and Safety-Specific Trust as Mediators', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 147 04021152-04021152 (2021)
DOI 10.1061/(asce)co.1943-7862.0002185
2021 Newaz MT, Jefferies M, Davis PR, Pillay M, 'Managerial implications for construction practices as a consequence of using a psychological contract of safety', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 28 1134-1155 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/ecam-02-2020-0119
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis, Manikam Pillay
2020 Simon L, Jefferies M, Davis P, Newaz MT, 'Developing a theoretical success factor framework for the tendering phase of social infrastructure PPPs', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, 20 613-627 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/15623599.2020.1720343
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Peter Davis, Laura Simon, Marcus Jefferies
2020 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Examining the Psychological Contract as Mediator between the Safety Behavior of Supervisors and Workers on Construction Sites', JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, 146 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001722
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies, Manikam Pillay, Peter Davis
2020 Ershadi M, Davis P, Newaz MT, 'Systematic review of resilience measures: construction management graduates perspective', International Journal of Construction Management, 1-14 (2020)
DOI 10.1080/15623599.2020.1764751
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Mahmoud Ershadi, Peter Davis
2020 Newaz MT, Davis P, Sher W, Simon L, 'Factors affecting construction waste management streams in Australia', International Journal of Construction Management, (2020)
DOI 10.1080/15623599.2020.1815122
Citations Scopus - 4
Co-authors Laura Simon, Willy Sher, Peter Davis
2019 Newaz MT, Davis PR, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Validation of an agent-specific safety climate model for construction', ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURAL MANAGEMENT, 26 462-478 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/ECAM-01-2018-0003
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Manikam Pillay, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2019 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Using a psychological contract of safety to predict safety climate on construction sites', Journal of Safety Research, 68 9-19 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jsr.2018.10.012
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 19
Co-authors Manikam Pillay, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2019 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'The psychological contract: A missing link between safety climate and safety behaviour on construction sites', Safety Science, 112 9-17 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.10.002
Citations Scopus - 40Web of Science - 36
Co-authors Manikam Pillay, Peter Davis, Marcus Jefferies
2018 Newaz MT, Davis PR, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Developing a safety climate factor model in construction research and practice: A systematic review identifying future directions for research', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 25 738-757 (2018) [C1]

Purpose: Safety climate and its impact on safety performance is well established; however, researchers in this field suggest that the absence of a common assessment framework is a... [more]

Purpose: Safety climate and its impact on safety performance is well established; however, researchers in this field suggest that the absence of a common assessment framework is a reflection of the state of development of this concept. The purpose of this paper is to propose a five-factor model that can be used to diagnose and measure safety climate in construction safety research and practice. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic review was adopted, and following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines, 574 articles were selected at the start of the study based on a developed review protocol for investigating safety climate factors. While examining the factor analysis of different studies, data reliability and data validity of the individual research findings were considered and frequency of factors uploaded was used to determine the significance as a quantitative measure to develop the ranking of safety climate factors. Findings: The review identified that, from the established measures of safety climate in construction, there is little uniformity on factor importance. However, management commitment safety system role of the supervisor; workers¿ involvement and group safety climate were found to be the most common across the studies reviewed. It is proposed these factors are used to inform a five-factor model for investigating safety climate in the construction industry. Originality/value: The findings of this study will motivate researchers and practitioners in safety to use the five-factor safety climate model presented in this paper and test it to develop a common factor structure for the construction industry. The fact that the model is comprised of five factors makes it easier to be used and implemented by small-to medium-sized construction companies, therefore enhancing its potential use.

DOI 10.1108/ECAM-02-2017-0038
Citations Scopus - 32Web of Science - 30
Co-authors Manikam Pillay, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2012 Newaz MT, Zaman KF, 'Work-life balance: Is it still a new concept in private commercial banking sector of Bangladesh?', International Journal of Research Studies in Management, 1 (2012)
DOI 10.5861/ijrsm.2012.95
Newaz MT, Faruquee M, Farha S, 'Vocational education and training in Bangladesh: Why it is not working?', International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 2
DOI 10.5861/ijrse.2013.261
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Davis P, Simon L, Sher W, Tang P, Newaz MT, 'Key solutions for construction and demolition (C&D) waste management in NSW, Australia', 43rd AUBEA: Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference Proceedings, Noosa, QLD (2019) [E1]
Co-authors Peter Davis, Patrick Tang, Willy Sher, Laura Simon
2018 Davis P, Sher W, Tang P, Newaz MT, 'Factors affecting waste management on new South Wales construction sites', London, UK (2018)
Co-authors Patrick Tang, Peter Davis, Willy Sher
2018 Davis P, Gajendran T, Vaughan J, Newaz MT, 'Construction site managers problem solving', London, UK (2018)
Co-authors Peter Davis, Thayaparan Gajendran, Josephine Vaughan
2018 Simon L, Davis P, Jefferies M, Jefferies M, 'Developing a Success Factor Framework for the Tendering Phase of Social Infrastructure PPPs', IRNOP 2018 'A skilled hand and a cultivated mind', Melbourne, Vic (2018) [E1]
Co-authors Laura Simon, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2018 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'Validation of the psychological contract of safety scale on construction sites', 42nd AUBEA Conference: Educating Building Professionals for the Future in the Globalised World, Singapore (2018) [E1]
Co-authors Manikam Pillay, Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis
2017 Newaz M, Davis P, McLaughlin P, Mills A, Chester A, Zhang P, 'Instilling resilience in built environment students', https://researchrepository.rmit.edu.au/discovery/fulldisplay?docid=alma9921860770301341&context=L&vid=61RMIT_INST:ResearchRepository&lang=en&search_scope=Research&adaptor=Local%20Search%20Engine&tab=Research&query=any,contains,Instilling%20resilience%20in%20built%20environment%20students&offset=0, Melbourne, Australia (2017)
Co-authors Peter Davis
2016 Newaz MT, Davis P, Jefferies M, Pillay M, 'The psychological contract of safety: The missing link between safety climate and safety behaviour in construction sites', Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Florida, USA (2016) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41929-9_19
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis, Manikam Pillay
2016 Newaz MT, Jefferies M, Davis P, Pillay M, 'Using the psychological contract to measure safety outcomes on construction sites', Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2016, Manchester UK (2016) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 6
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies, Peter Davis, Manikam Pillay
2016 Newaz M, Davis P, Love P, Veli S, 'The Safety Psychological Contract', https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/data/UQ_396629/UQ396629_frontmatter.pdf?Expires=1599104921&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJKNBJ4MJBJNC6NLQ&Signature=YVizR5cwMXqi6~NQ1uirZOptbeG43ylrfPcY5NGDSif9lCkRC207n-y5kVX0W7Sh52rPbwjw0AfIl68tzD4KfWQ5IMJRh0bjCFZkUe1l3~gzhw-CNa5G2ZM9w2R2wEwWeKd0NEnvxz9R0EXYA4QB1ixPUaW6p~M2kIH4715vQPoyZOOY4Gr9glNLTZGCuEb9nRExHNFUiECis~z, Cairns, Queensland (2016)
Co-authors Peter Davis
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $159,292

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20201 grants / $3,000

DVCRI Summer Research Internship Scheme$3,000

This research project aims to develop a taxonomy of technologies available for construction companies that offer the potential to reduce the number of fatalities. This two-month long project will deliver a report highlighting limitations and recommending suitable and affordable technologies for construction companies to adopt for enhanced safety outcomes. 

Funding body: The University of Newcastle - Research and Innovation Division

Funding body The University of Newcastle - Research and Innovation Division
Project Team

Dr Tanvi Newaz

Scheme Summer Research Internships
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2021
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $10,000

Start-up Funding$10,000

Funding body: Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Funding body Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
Scheme Saftey and Risk
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2022
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20171 grants / $146,292

Developing a theoretical model for improving Waste Management$146,292

Funding body: NSW Environmental Trust

Funding body NSW Environmental Trust
Project Team

Professor Peter Davis, Associate Professor Willy Sher, Doctor Warren Reilly, Associate Professor Patrick Tang, Doctor Tanvi Newaz

Scheme Environmental Research Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Enabling Capacity Development for Catastrophic Events through Community Resilience Networks (CRNs) within the Emergency Management Sector PhD (Disaster Management), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Integration of Resilience Engineering For Advancing Occupational Health and Safety in Construction Industry PhD (Building), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 PhD Tendering Phase of Australian Social Public Private Partnerships: A success framework PhD (Building), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Tanvi Newaz

Position

Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email tanvi.newaz@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5787
Fax (02) 4921 6913

Office

Room AG 30
Building Architecture
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