Dr Carlo Caponecchia
Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean Equity Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Science
+61 2 9385 7184

About Carlo

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


Potential Projects

  • A range of potential projects are available, based on student interest and skills.
  • Assessing safety knowledge, skills and competencies in management
  • Assessing the validity of trainee Pilot selection tests
  • Methods for providing feedback on trainee pilot visual scanning
  • Driver distraction from smartphone use, including voice control activation
  • Driver drowsiness on short commuter trips
  • Reliability and usability of methods for understanding complex systems and incidents (eg. FRAM)
  • Evaluating methods for error and incident classification 
  • Safety management, practices and responsibilities for transnational operations
  • Aviation health and wellbeing: physical and mental health of crew and passengers
  • Improving Injury data classification and management
  • Understanding and improving negative event reporting systems and feedback


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


Teaching Responsibilities