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7 Aug 2018

PhD Student Funding Awards

Karin Boers is studying for her PhD at the Design School and her research research focuses on occupational safety and health and it will explore how the strategy to practice complex systems such as OSH communication and decision making is directed.

To support her field work in Australia, Karin has been awarded £2,500 by the Doctoral College and £500 CIEHF John Wilson student travel bursary. This will support her attending and presenting her paper, which has been accepted at the HFESA Human factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia) conference in Perth in November. 

Karin spoke about how the funding will help develop her research “My research explores senior management decision making and communication as it relates to occupational safety and health and I’m in the second year of my PhD research based in the Design School. I’m using the ‘£5billion super sewer’ Tideway Tunnel construction project in central London as a case study.  I have access to this as part of a larger LU research project with my supervisors from the Design School and the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.”

She added “The International PhD Exchanges overseas travel funding scheme from the Doctoral College was ideal to facilitate my collaboration with RMIT University in Melbourne. My hosts in Australia will facilitate access to comparable construction projects in Melbourne and Sydney, allowing me to compare with Tideway. This international aspect of my research will contribute to joint publications and pave the way for an RMIT University student to visit Loughborough in the future.”