School of Aviation

Steve Shorrock
Dr. Steve Shorrock

Dr Steve Shorrock

BSc (Hons) (Liv.J.Moores), MSc (Eng) (Birm), PhD (Nott), MErgS, CPsychol

Casual Academic

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 UNSW Aviation, The University of NSW, Sydney NSW 2052

Steve is a human factors specialist and safety psychologist with an international track record in practice and research in safety-critical industries. Steve's research interests involve people in control of complex, high-hazard, socio-technical systems. His interests stem from a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology (Class I), followed by an MSc (Eng) Work Design and Ergonomics (with Distinction), and a PhD on the analysis of human error in air traffic control. Particular areas of interest include incident and accident investigation and analysis, safety culture, human error prediction, human automation interaction, risk and safety management, human factors tool development, and the research-practice relationship.

Steve has previously worked in Senior and Principal roles at National Air Traffic Services/NATS (UK), DNV Consulting (UK) and RailCorp (NSW). He has provided consulting, research and training services to major private and public organisations in aviation, rail, chemical and energy sectors in Australia and Europe, as well as the Australian Federal Government. He has led human factors, human error safety assurance and system safety for a number of high-profile, multi-million dollar transport infrastructure projects, such as the new NATS Heathrow control tower and the RailCorp digital train radio system.

One of Steve's key achievements has been the development of TRACEr ('Technique for the Retrospective and predictive Analysis of Cognitive Error'), which he helped to adapt into HERA-JANUS, a EUROCONTROL/FAA development of TRACEr. Steve was also the principal developer of the original EUROCONTROL 'Human Factors Case' approach to human factors integration.

Steve has been working with UNSW Aviation since November 2003. He is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Aviation, and has the full-time role of Project Leader, Safety Development at EUROCONTROL where he supports air navigation service providers in Europe with safety development, safety culture survey and improvement, incident investigation and human performance.

He is active researcher and acts as a reviewer for a number of journals. References to his publications are at here. Steve is also a Registered Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (MIEHF) and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol). He is also a news and feature editor for the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors here.

Teaching Responsibilities

AVIA5017 - Human Factors in Transportation Safety - Course Coordinator