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:

  • Dennis Desmond Optimising illicit dark net marketplace intervention
  • Sarah-Louise Donovan (Monash University), Safety leadership and workplace safety
  • Elizabeth Grey, Forecasting system safety performance
  • Samantha Jackson Performance optimisation of the Australian Defence Force amphibious capability
  • Peter McCormack Is Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) appropriate to the assessment of hazardous manual tasks
  • Alison O’Brien Investigating distributed situation awareness (DSA) and inter-agency coordination in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations
  • Erin Stevens Systems thinking and ageing in place
  • Brian Thoroman A systems-thinking based model of near miss incidents
  • Judy Watson Identify theft and continuation of internet use
  • Jason Wickham Effectiveness of video analysis on performance in an elite setting
  • Matthew Woolley A systems approach to accident investigation.
  • Rachael Wynne Direction of visual attention and visual search within the context of driving.

Recent PhD completions:

  • Eryn Grant, Accident prediction in complex sociotechnical systems, 2020
  • Nick Patorniti Sociotechnical systems and main street urban planning and design, 2019
  • 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