Postgraduate Study


The Centre places significant emphasis on research training through our postgraduate study program comprising PhD and Masters degree projects focused on the application and/or extension of human factors and sociotechnical systems theory and methods.

We currently have the following PhD students exploring key human factors issues across a diverse range of contexts:

  • Alison O’Brien Investigating distributed situation awareness (DSA) and inter-agency coordination in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations
  • Brandon King Risks and benefits of advanced neural computer interfaces 
  • Elizabeth Grey Forecasting system safety performance
  • Erin Stevens Systems thinking and ageing in place
  • Karl Dodd Optimising systemic controls for the prevention of child sexual abuse in soccer in Australia
  • Mitch Naughton Quantifying the collision in the rugby football codes
  • Peter McCormack   Applying systems thinking to understand and prevent the risks associated with manual tasks
  • Rachael Wynne Direction of visual attention and visual search within the context of driving.
  • Ryan McNeilly Smith Bioclimatic urban design policy for improved microclimates in the public realm: A case study of extreme heat mitigation in Queensland
  • Samantha Jackson Performance optimisation of the Australian Defence Force amphibious capability

Recent PhD completions:

  • Dr Judy Watson Identify theft and continuation of internet use
  • Dr Dennis Desmond Optimising illicit dark net marketplace intervention 2020
  • Dr Matthew Woolley A systems approach to accident investigation. 2020
  • Dr Brian Thoroman A systems-thinking based model of near miss incidents 2020
  • Dr Eryn Grant, Accident prediction in complex Sociotechnical systems, 2020
  • Dr Nick Patorniti Sociotechnical systems and main street urban planning and design, 2019
  • Dr Tony Carden A systems approach to regulatory system design and evaluation, 2019
  • Dr Clare Dallat A systems approach to risk assessment in led outdoor activities, 2018
  • Dr Scott McLean A complex systems approach to football performance analysis, 2018
  • Dr Adam Hulme (Federation University), A systems approach to running injuries, 2017
  • Dr Timothy Neville Distributed situation awareness in Australian Football Rules umpire systems, 2017

For further information regarding our HDR program and opportunities to study within the centre please contact Professor Paul Salmon, (07) 5456 5893, or a theme leader relevant to your area of study.