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I lead the MUARC human factors team and manage our driving simulator facilities. I am Professor of Human Factors and an Associate Director at MUARC. I am also a Senior Visiting Researcher at the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge, UK. Previously I was Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, and a Principal Researcher at the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory.

Since completing my PhD in December 1998 (transport safety: the design of warnings for road and rail environments), I have held increasingly senior jobs in Australia and the UK. My areas of research specialisation cover human factors, safe design and transport safety. Over the past 18 years I have been a Chief Investigator/Lead Researcher on research grants worth over $17 million in transport, mining, manufacturing and medical safety. I have held research grants with the Australian Research Council, NIOSH USA and the European Commission (FP7 and Marie Curie schemes).

I have published my research widely, including five books and over 150 peer-reviewed papers. Externally, I am the Monash University representative for the Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative (AVDI), sit on journal editorial boards and have close links with key stakeholders in the road transport, mining, medical and defence domains.

One of my research areas focuses on safe design.  Poor design is a major contributory factor in many workplace and transport incidents. My work involves creating and applying user-centred design approaches to improve safety. It examines how a safe design approach that focuses on end-users can help improve the design of equipment/technologies, tasks and work/transport environments. Success has been demonstrated by organisations now using my co-created safe design tools, and through redesigned work tasks/environments (e.g. medical procedures). I have recently completed a NIOSH (USA) funded project focusing on human-centred safe design for mining equipment; I am currently writing an international book in this area.

Research interests

Safe design is an area of national policy importance (an action area of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022). My research is multidisciplinary and innovative through the combination of human factors, risk management and design techniques to create and apply a human centred safe design process. My vision is to bring user requirement and workplace needs to the heart of the design process for safe equipment, tasks and work environments. Over the past five years I have been expanding my research with key national groups (eg Work Safe Australia) as well as leading international organisations (eg NIOSH, USA and Cambridge University, UK). My mission is to create and apply user centred design approaches to improve workplace and transport safety.

External positions

Visiting Researcher, University of Cambridge

20 Mar 2012 → …


  • Safe Design
  • Transport Safety
  • Simulation
  • Human Factors
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Road Design
  • Mining

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Projects 2003 2019

Research Output 1994 2018

Ending on a positive: Examining the role of safety leadership decisions, behaviours and actions in a safety critical situation

Donovan, S. L., Salmon, P. M., Horberry, T. & Lenné, M. G., 1 Jan 2018, In : Applied Ergonomics. 66, p. 139-150 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Human factors enablers and barriers for successful airway management - an in-depth interview study

Schnittker, R., Marshall, S., Horberry, T. & Young, K. L., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Anaesthesia. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring Decision Pathways in Challenging Airway Management Episodes

Schnittker, R., Marshall, S., Horberry, T., Young, K. & Lintern, G., 1 Dec 2017, In : Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making. 11, 4, p. 353-370 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Safety benefits of cooperative ITS and automated driving in Australia and New Zealand

Logan, D. B., Young, K., Allen, T. & Horberry, T., 1 Oct 2017, Sydney NSW USA: Austroads. 59 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

Open Access

Safety leadership and systems thinking: application and evaluation of a Risk Management Framework in the mining industry

Donovan, S. L., Salmon, P. M., Lenné, M. G. & Horberry, T., 3 Oct 2017, In : Ergonomics. 60, 10, p. 1336-1350 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review