School of Aviation

Carlo Caponecchia

Dr Carlo Caponecchia

Dr Carlo Caponecchia

PhD (Psych) (UNSW), BA (Psych) (Newcastle), GradCert Univ. Teaching and Learning (UNSW)

Senior Lecturer

Room Number:  OMB 167
 UNSW Aviation, The University of NSW, Sydney NSW 2052

Dr Carlo Caponecchia has a PhD in psychology and teaches safety and risk management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research interests are in human factors and safety, with a range of projects across industrial domains spanning psychosocial hazards at work, risk perception, identification and management, and human error. Carlo is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Panel SF-001, which is currently dealing with the adoption of ISO 45001.

He is a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia and a Board member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment.

Carlo provides a range of consulting and speaking services to the public and private sector, as well as providing courts in various jurisdictions with expert opinion reports mainly in relation to psychosocial issues and the provision of safe systems of work.

Research areas

Primary research area: Human factors and safety

  • Human error analysis
  • Risk perception and communication
  • Distraction and fatigue
  • Psychosocial hazards and psychosocial injury
  • System safety and risk management

Recent and current projects

  • The effects of voice control interfaces on driver performance (PhD Project - Nurul Ibrahim)
  • Driving home drowsy: drowsiness on commuter trips
  • Factors contributing to aviation incidents in Indonesia (PhD Project – Agus Pramono)
  • Validation of selection tests for trainee pilots

Research opportunities for higher degree research students (Masters, MPhil and Phd) are currently available in the following indicative areas:

  • Using naturalistic data to understanding pilot skills, training and development
  • Travel insurance risk perception and behaviour
  • System safety analysis methods

If you are interested in these or other research projects related to human factors and safety, please get in touch with Carlo by emailing

Selected publications :

  • McAtamney, L., Aickin, C., Caple, D.C., Caponecchia, C., Mackey, M. (2016). Challenges and future research opportunities with new ways of working. In Hedge, A (Ed). Ergonomic design for workplace health, wellness and productivity. London: Taylor and Francis (pp. 351-368).
  • Koo, T., Caponecchia, C. and Williamson, A., (2015). Measuring the effect of aviation safety risk reduction on flight choice: evidence from young travellers, Safety Science 73, 1-7.
  • Chan-Mok, O. J., Caponecchia, C., Winder, C. (2014). The concept of workplace bullying: implications from Australian workplace health and safety law. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 21, 442-456.
  • Caponecchia, C. (2012). Relative risk perception for terrorism: implications for preparedness and risk communication. Risk Analysis: An International Journal 32, 1524-1534.
  • Taib, I., McIntosh, A. S., Caponecchia, C. Baysari, M. T. (2012). Comparing the usability and reliability of a generic and a domain-specific medical error taxonomy. Safety Science 50, 1801-1805.
  • Caponecchia, C., Sun, A. Y. Z., Wyatt, A. (2012) 'Psychopaths' at Work? Implications of Lay Persons' Use of Labels and Behavioural Criteria for Psychopathy. Journal of Business Ethics, 107(4), 399-408.
  • Caponecchia, C., (2012). The Human: Basic psychological principles. In HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance) The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals. Tullamarine, Victoria. Safety Institute of Australia
  • Pappas, W., Caponecchia, C., Wertheim, E. (2012). The Human: Basic principles of social interaction. In HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance,) The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals. Tullamarine, Victoria. Safety Institute of Australia.
  • Baysari, M. T., Caponecchia, C., & McIntosh, A. S. (2011). A reliability and usability study of TRACEr-RAV: The Technique for the Retrospective Analysis of Cognitive Errors- for Rail, Australian Version, Applied Ergonomics, 42, 852-859.
  • Caponecchia, C., & Shiels, I. (2011). Perceptions of personal vulnerability to workplace hazards in the Australian construction industry. Journal of Safety Research. 42, 253-258.
  • Taib, I., McIntosh, A.S., Caponecchia, C., Baysari, M. T. (2011). A Review of Medical Error Taxonomies: A Human Factors Perspective. Safety Science, 49, 607-615.
  • Caponecchia, C., Wyatt, A (2011). Preventing workplace bullying: An evidence based guide for managers and employees. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. (and Routledge internationally)

Teaching Responsibilities

AVIA3013/GENS5013 - Workplace Safety
AVIA9101 - Safety Risk Management: Human Resources
AVIA9201 - Safety Risk Management: Physical Hazards