Grant Butler

Research Assistant


Grant is a research assistant at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, currently supporting a project designed to capture road safety data from gig economy on-demand workers: The Development and trial of the Gig economy Reporting of Incidents Tool (GRIT).

Grant recently completed his Bachelor of Psychology (1st Class Honours) with the Centre, earning the University Medal for Academic Excellence. His honours project utilised a Systems Thinking perspective to understand how maritime pilots make decisions and what factors influence their decisions during pilotage operations. Grant’s paper is currently in preparation for publishing, and he plans to undertake a related PhD focusing on the maritime system in 2022.

Before his role at the Centre, Grant enjoyed a successful 20+ year maritime career, primarily aboard commercial superyachts, ultimately in the capacity of master. This dynamic environment demanded adaptability and innovation, something he carries with him in his day-to-day research at the Centre.