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 214
 UNSW Aviation, The University of NSW, Sydney NSW 2052

Carlo has an Undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Newcastle, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of New South Wales.

Carlo's PhD examined the relationship between stress, personality and health.
He is currently responsible for teaching AVIA9101 Safety Risk Management: Human Processes, and the general education course GENS5013/AVIA3013 Workplace safety.

Carlo has provided expert witness testimony, particularly regarding workplace bullying and harassment, and has been involved in giving evidence to several state and federal parliamentary inquiries (for example: NSW Workcover inquiry; House of Representatives bullying inquiry). He provides research consultancy and advice on an ongoing basis to several industries and government agencies.

Carlo’s research is best categorised as Human Factors and Safety applied across several domains. These research interests include:

  • Human error classification
  • Risk perception and risk communication (including biases in risk perception, factors affecting the communication of safety information; risk compensation and risk behaviour)
  • Improving training systems for complex skills through the use of objective data
  • Psychological hazards at work (e.g., stress, fatigue and workplace bullying)

For more information about current research click here.

If you would like to know more about these and other research areas, and specific research projects that are currently being conducted, please email or phone Carlo.

Professional Affiliations

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (Chair of the OHS Special Interest Group)
  • International Association for Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH) - coordinator of the Risk Management special interest group
  • International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)
  • Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

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