Associate Professor Gemma Read


Co- Director

Research Fellow, Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems

Transport and Infrastructure Theme Leader


Associate Professor Gemma Read is a Co-Director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at UniSC. She also leads the Transport and Infrastructure theme within the Centre. Gemma completed an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research (DECRA) fellowship in 2021. She gained her PhD in human factors from Monash University also holds undergraduate degrees in behavioural science and law. She has worked in the field of transportation human factors since 2006 in both academic and government roles. .

Gemma’s main areas of expertise and interest include the application of methods and approaches with a basis in complexity and systems theory to enhance safety. She is also interested in how better translation of human factors research outcomes into real world practice can be achieved.

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Top cited publications

Read, G. J. M., Salmon, P. M., Lenné, M. G. & Jenkins, D. P. (2015). Designing a ticket to ride with cognitive work analysis. Ergonomics, 58(8), 1266-1286. 

Read, G. J. M., Salmon, P. M., Lenné, M. G. & Stanton, N. A. (2015). Designing sociotechnical systems with cognitive work analysis: Putting theory back into practice. Ergonomics, 58(5), 822-851. 

Read, G. J. M., Salmon, P. M., & Lenné, M. G. (2013). Sounding the warning bells: The need for a systems approach to understanding behaviour at rail level crossings. Applied Ergonomics, 44, 764-774. 

Read, G. J. M., Lenné, M. L. & Moss, S. A. (2012). Associations between task, training and social environmental factors and error types involved in rail incidents and accidents. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 48, 416-422. 

Read, G. J. M., Salmon, P. M., & Lenné, M. G. (2012). From work analysis to work design: A review of cognitive work analysis design applications. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Boston, USA.