University of Calgary

Nick Turner

  • Professor
  • Distinguished Chair ABL
  • Area Chair - Org Behaviour & HR
  • Faculty [OBHR]

Professional Activities & Biography

Nick Turner’s fields of interest include leadership, work design, and occupational health and safety. His research often integrates these areas to explore the psychological predictors and consequences of “healthy work” – work that promotes psychological well-being and physical safety. In recent years, his research has focused on the relationship between leadership and safety, young workers and safety, and the relationship between workplace injuries and mental health.

Nick received his PhD in psychology from University of Sheffield (UK) in 2003. Prior to coming to University of Calgary in 2015, he taught at Queen’s University (Canada) and University of Manitoba. He has held a number of research fellowships and visiting professorships. He is currently the Distinguished Research Chair in Advanced Business Leadership working with the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business.

In Haskayne School of Business, Nick offers an undergraduate course on ethical leadership and graduate courses in organizational behavior and occupational health psychology. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, and a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

Research Articles (since 2015):

Arnold, K.A., Turner, N., Barling, J., & Iverson, R.D. (in press). Feeling safe while doing sex work: Motivation for entering sex work moderates the relationship between perceptions of physical danger and desire to leave sex work. Safety Science.

Bruning, P.F., Turner, N., & Lin, H. (in press). Transformational leadership, group affective tone, and group member social inferences: A leadership complementarity perspective. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. Link to article:

Granger, S., Turner, N., & Grocutt, A. (in press). The next best safety dollar: Using evidence to decide how to invest in workplace safety. Organizational Dynamics.

Wong, J.H.K., Turner, N., Kelloway, E.K., & Wadsworth, E. (in press). Tired, strained, and hurt: The indirect effect of negative affect on the relationship between poor quality sleep and work injuries. Work & Stress.

Epitropaki, O., & Turner, N. (2020). Gray zones in leadership and safety: Commentary on Katz-Navon, Kark, and Delegach (2020). Academy of Management Discoveries, 6, 142-145. Link to article:

Granger, S., Neville, L., & Turner, N. (2020). Political knowledge at work: Conceptualization, measurement, and applications to follower proactivity. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 93, 431-471. Link to article:

Stoesz, B., Chimney, K., Deng, C., Grogan, H., Menec, V., Piotrowski, C., Shooshtari, S., & Turner, N. (2020). Incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of non-fatal work-related injuries among older workers: A review of research from 2010-2019. Safety Science, 126, 104668. Link to article:   

Turner, N., Deng, C., Barling, J., & Spencer, K. (2020). Differential mental health consequences of strikes and lockouts. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 52, 149-153. Link to article:

Turner, N., Tucker, S., & Deng, C. (2020). Revisiting vulnerability: Comparing young and adult worker safety voice intentions under different supervisory conditions. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 135, 105372. Link to article:

Stackhouse, M., & Turner, N. (2019). How do organizational practices relate to perceived system safety effectiveness? Perceptions of safety climate and co-worker commitment to safety as workplace safety signals. Journal of Safety Research, 70, 59-69. Link to article:

Casey, T.W., Krauss, A.D., & Turner, N. (2018). The one that got away: Lessons learned from evaluation of a psychology-based safety training intervention in the Australian prawn fishing industry. Safety Science, 108, 218-224. Link to article:

Pek, S., Turner, N., Tucker, S., Kelloway, E.K., & Morrish, J. (2017). Injunctive safety norms, young worker risk-taking, and workplace injuries. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 106, 202-210. Link to article:

Turner, N. (2017). Social relations in and around work. Human Relations, 70, 3-6. Link to article:

McCaughey, D., Turner, N., Kim, J., DelliFraine, J.L., & McGhan, G.E. (2015). Physical hazard risk perceptions and employee outcomes in the long-term care industry. Safety Science, 78, 190-197. Link to article:

Tucker, S., & Turner, N. (2015). Sometimes it hurts when supervisors don’t listen: Antecedents and consequences of safety voice among young workers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 20, 72-81.  Link to article:

Turner, N., Tucker, S., & Kelloway, E.K. (2015). Prevalence and demographic correlates of microaccidents and reactions to dangerous work among young workers in Canada. Journal of Safety Research, 53, 39-43Link:

Current Professional Roles:

Area Chair, Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Area Group:

Distinguished Research Chair in Advanced Business Leadership: 

Editorial board memberships: Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business & Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Management Inquiry, Occupational Health Science

Graduate Students

I'm very interested in working with research students (BA psychology or BComm co-majoring in psychology, MSc I/O psychology, PhD I/O psychology or Management) on research projects related to transformational leadership and the psychology of occupational health (e.g., mental health at work) or safety (e.g., work-related injuries). If these topics interest you, please contact me.

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