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Andrew Thatcher

The role of HFE in enabling organisations to support just and sustainable societal transitions

Justine Arnoud

The role of HFE in enabling organisations to support just and sustainable societal transitions

Ole Broberg

Participatory ergonomics in work systems design: What can we learn from Design Thinking?

Marianne Cerf

Transition towards sustainability in the case of food systems: issues for ergonomists and ergonomics

Adam Woods

Always adapting, but in what direction: Re-vitalization or Re-trenchment?

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Andrew Thatcher
Professor, Chair of Organisational/Industrial Psychology
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South-Africa

Prof. Andrew Thatcher is Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is currently Chair of the IEA’s Future of Work Task Force and prior to that was Chair of the IEA’s Human Factors and Sustainable Development Technical Committee. He is an editor of the journal ‘Ergonomics’ and publishes regularly in the top journals in HFE. His two most recent books “Human factors for sustainability: theoretical perspectives and global applications” and “Ergonomics and human factors for a sustainable future: current research and future possibilities” have set the agenda for the scope and practice of HFE and sustainability. Prof. Thatcher’s research work focuses on creating sustainable work systems within complex socio-eco-technical environments to improve human and environment functioning.  

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Justine Arnoud
Assistant Professor in Management and Ergonomics
University Paris-Est, Paris, France

Justine Arnoud is Assistant Professor in Management and Ergonomics at the University Paris-Est, Institute of Management Research (IRG). She is the co-head of Master 2 International MBA – MAE at IAE Gustave Eiffel. Her research and teaching focus on work, collective activity and the theorizing of organizations using Sen’s concept of capabilities and Dewey’s methodology of inquiry. Her research is conducted in various companies and organizations in a participatory way. She is the co-author of the book "Developmental dynamics in work interventions: Between heritages and perspectives" (Octarès editions). Justine has published numerous papers in refereed journals and chapters in books in Ergonomics and Management. She teaches “socially responsible” human resource management, occupational health, management models and their evolution, risk and quality management, ergonomics and intervention methodologies, qualitative management research methods at IAE Gustave Eiffel and in Cnam Paris and Nantes. 

Marianne Cerf
Senior Researcher at INRAE, Associate Professor at AgroParisTech
University Paris-Saclay, INRAE,

AgroParistech, UMR SADAPT, Palaiseau, France

Marianne Cerf is co-leading the Initiative for DEsign in Agrifood Systems (IDEAS) supported by INRAE (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) and AgroParisTech (an engineering teaching institute dedicated to living systems). IDEAS gathers around 100 scientists involved in interdisciplinary research and training programs related to designing for global transition. She is currently the chief editor of Activités a French online scientific journal concerned with conceptualizations of finalized human activity and associated intervention methods. She is currently co-editing a special issue for WORK addressing the conceptualization of “territory” in HFE and the development of HFE practices in relation to territorial issues. She also recently co-edited a book addressing the developmental dynamics within interventions on work situations, which aims at keeping vivid the debates on constructive ergonomics. She conducts interdisciplinary research on agroecological transitions, professional transitions in agriculture, intermediation activities in agroecological transition processes. More recently, she has been addressing the reconfigurations of activities and skills within territorialized food systems.

David Woods
Professor Emeritus in Department of Integrated Systems Engineering
Ohio State University
Chief Scientist, Adaptive Capacity Labs

David Woods (Professor Emeritus in Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University; Chief Scientist, Adaptive Capacity Labs) is one of the pioneers of Resilience Engineering that looks at how people adapt to cope with complexity, across different roles and organizations. His work highlights the dangers of dramatic failures due to increasingly brittle systems, for example, through accident investigations in critical digital services, aviation, energy, critical care medicine, disaster response, military operations, and space operations (advisor to the Columbia Space Shuttle Accident Investigation Board).

As a scientist, he has discovered the key ingredients that allow systems to build the potential for resilient performance and flourish despite complexity penalties that accompany growth (his research has been cited @40K times). As a systems engineer, he shows organizations how to uncover and overcome points of brittleness and then how to build the capability for resilient performance when, inevitably, shock events occur (e.g., awards from Aviation Week and Space Technology, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). His books include Behind Human Error, Resilience Engineering (the 1st book in the field), Resilience Engineering in Practice, Joint Cognitive Systems. He started the SNAFU Catchers Consortium, a software industry-university partnership to apply the new science to build resilience in critical digital services (see ). He is Past-President of the Resilience Engineering Association and Past-President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is frequently asked for advice by many government agencies, and companies, both domestically and abroad (e.g., DoD, NASA, FAA, IoM; Air France, TNO, IBM; UK MOD, NHS, Haute Authorité de Santé).

Ole Broberg

Associate Professor Emeritus

Responsible Innovation and Design Division

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Ole Broberg’s research has for many years focused on how to integrate ergonomics into engineering and architectural design of work systems by the help of participatory approaches. He has especially focused on participatory design and ergonomics and studied scenario-based and table-top simulation as tools and boundary objects in participatory ergonomics. He has also focused on the role of ergonomists and occupational health and safety professionals in taking part in engineering and architectural design. He coined the term ‘political, reflective navigator’ role for ergonomists and OHS professionals when working with the integration of ergonomics into engineering design in organizational contexts. Recently he is studying how the Design Thinking approach may be transformed into ergonomics and OHS management. He is the co-author of the guide “The Double Diamond in Occupational Health and Safety Management” aimed for ergonomists and OHS professionals. In this work he is pointing to a new role of ergonomists as planners and facilitators of participatory workshops based on the double diamond process and design tools.


Ole Broberg is a past chair of the IEA Technical Committee on Organizational Design and Management. He was awarded Fellow of the IEA in 2016. He is Associate Editor of the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries journal and member of the editorial board of the IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors journal. He was awarded a visiting scholarship at Stanford University, Centre for Design Research.

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