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Dr Patrick Waterson

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Reader in Human Factors and Complex Systems

Dr Patrick Waterson is a Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Chartered Psychologist, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology  and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has a BSc in Psychology (First Class) from Lancaster University, an MSc in Knowledge-Based Systems from Sussex University and a PhD in in Human Factors from Nottingham University.

During his career he has worked as a Research Fellow and MRC Scientist at Sheffield University (1992-2002) and Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in Germany (2002-2006).  He joined Loughborough University in 2007.  In 2014 he was awarded the William Floyd Medal from the UK Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors for outstanding contribution to the field of Human Factors.

Dr. Waterson is Editor-in-Chief for ‘Policy and Practice in Health and Safety’ (the official journal of the Institute of Occupational Safety And Health, IOSH), an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Informatics And Decision-Making  and serves on the editorial boards of Applied Ergonomics, Cognition, Technology and Work,  IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Science.

  • DSC101 Systems Ergonomics (Module Organiser)
  • DSP102 Human Factors and Systems (Module Organiser)

  • DSB502 Human Factors in Systems Design (Contributing Lecturer)

  • DSC118 Ergonomics of HCI (Contributing Lecturer)

  • DSP100 BSc Project (Supervisor)

  • DSA111 Study Skills (Tutor)

  • DSP100 MSc Project (Supervisor)

  • DSA105 Introduction to Ergonomics (Contributing Lecturer)

Research Group: Human Factors in Complex Systems.

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Research Interests

Macroergonomics and its application to safety and resilience

Evaluation and application of systems ergonomics to healthcare

Measurement of Patient Safety Culture

Rail passenger safety

History of Ergonomics

  • Underwood, P.E., Waterson, P.E. and Braithwaite, G.  (2016) ‘Accident investigation in the wild’ – a small-scale, field-based evaluation of the STAMP method for accident analysis.  Safety Science, 82, 129-143
  • Waterson, P.E. (2014), Patient Safety Culture: Theory, Methods and Application. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  • Waterson. P.E., Robertson, M.M., Cooke, N.J. Militello, L, Roth, E. and Stanton, N.A. (2015), Defining the methodological challenges and opportunities for an effective science of sociotechnical systems and safety. Ergonomics, (Invited paper for special issue - Hopkinton Conference on Sociotechnical Systems and SafetyDOI:10.1080/00140139.2015.1011241
  • Fray, M., Waterson, P.E. and Munro, C. (2015), Macro and micro ergonomic outcomes in healthcare: unravelling the relationship between patient handling performance and safety climate. IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.
  • Hettinger, L.J., Robertson, M.M., Waterson, P.E., Noy, Y.I., Dainoff, M.J., Leveson, N.G., Carayon, P., Courtney, T.J. (2015), Sociotechnical approaches to workplace safety:  research needs and opportunities. Ergonomics, (Invited paper for special issue - Hopkinton Conference on Sociotechnical Systems and Safety). (IF = 1.674)
  • Christina, S., Waterson, P.E., Dainty, A., and Daniels, K. (2015), A socio-technical approach to improving retail energy efficiency behaviours. Applied Ergonomics, 47, 324-335. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.08.003
  • Karsh, B-T., Waterson, P.E. and Holden, R. (2014), Crossing levels in systems ergonomics: a framework to support ‘mesoergonomic’ inquiry. Applied Ergonomics (Invited paper for special issue on systems ergonomics), 45, 45-54. (IF = 1.728).
  • Waterson, P.E. (2014), Health information technology and sociotechnical systems: a progress report on recent developments within the UK National Health Service (NHS). Applied Ergonomics, 2, Part A, 150-161.
  • Eason, K.D. and Waterson, P.E. (2014), Fitness for purpose when there are many different purposes: who are electronic patient records for? (Invited paper for special issue on electronic medical records), Health Informatics Journal. Health Informatics Journal, 20, 189-198, doi:10.1177/1460458213501096  (IF = 0.830)
  • Underwood, P. and Waterson, P.E. (2014), Systems thinking, the Swiss Cheese model and accident analysis: a comparative systems analysis of the Grayrigg train derailment using the ATSB, Accimap and STAMP models. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 68, 75-94, (IF = 1.964),
  • Waterson, P.E. and Catchpole, K. (2015), Human factors in healthcare: welcome progress, but still scratching the surface. BMJ: Quality and Safety doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015-005074
  • Nayak, R. and Waterson, P.E. (2016), ‘When Food Kills’: A sociotechnical systems analysis of the UK Pennington 1996 and 2005 e.Coli O157 outbreak reports. Safety Science, 86, 36-47.
  • Waterson, P.E., Kendrick, V., Ryan, B., Jun, G.T. and Haslam, R. (2015), Probing deeper into the risks of slips, trips and falls for an ageing rail passenger population: applying a systems approach. IET Intelligent Transport Systems. DOI:  10.1049/iet-its.2015.0047 (open access here: