Category Archives: Human Factors

New books – Human Factors, Law, Reference Series

Human Factors

Writing Human Factors Research Papers: A Guidebook   Don Harris, HFI Solutions Ltd, UK, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and Leicester University, UK


Legisprudence: Practical Reason in Legislation    Luc J. Wintgens, University of Brussels, Belgium

Most Deserving of Death? An Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Death Penalty Jurisprudence    Kenneth Williams, South Texas College of Law, USA

The Neurobiology of Criminal Behavior: Gene-Brain-Culture Interaction    Anthony Walsh and Jonathan D. Bolen, both at Boise State University, USA

Reference Series

Social Learning Theories of Crime    Edited by Christine S. Sellers, University of South Florida, USA, L. Thomas Winfree, Jr, New Mexico State University, USA and Ronald L. Akers, University of Florida, USA

Procedural Justice    Edited by Larry May, Vanderbilt University, USA and Paul Morrow, Vanderbilt University, USA

The International Law of Peace and Security: 4-Volume Set    Edited by Nigel D. White, University of Nottingham, UK

How can sustainable recovery of the global financial system be established? How can its resilience be improved?

The recent financial crisis has made it paramount for the financial services industry to find new perspectives to look at their industry and, most importantly, to gain a better understanding of how the global financial system can be made less vulnerable and more resilient.

Governance and Control of Financial Systems: A Resilience Engineering Perspective illustrates how the safety science of Resilience Engineering can help to gain a better understanding of what the financial services system is and how to improve governance and control of financial services systems by leveraging some of its key concepts.

Resilience is the intrinsic ability of a system to adjust its functioning prior to, during, or following changes and disturbances, so that it can sustain required operations under both expected and unexpected conditions. This definition is focused on the ability to function, rather than just to be impervious to failure, and thereby bridges the traditional conflict between productivity and safety.

Governance and Control of Financial Systems: A Resilience Engineering Perspective is edited by Gunilla Sundström, Deutsche Bank, Germany and Erik Hollnagel, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark.

Ashgate books on Military Studies

The Military and War Studies page on our website provides links through to related books, and you can also download the latest Military Studies catalogue.

Our Military Studies publishing programme covers contemporary thought on strategy and operations, security studies and ethics, and provocative interpretations of military and naval history.

Key subject areas are: war studies; security, peace and conflict; terrorism; and military and naval history.

New books – Human Factors, Law, Law Reference series

Human Factors

Safety Culture: Building and Sustaining a Cultural Change in Aviation and Healthcare    Manoj S. Patankar, Jeffrey P. Brown, Edward J. Sabin and Thomas G. Bigda-Peyton


Discourse and Practice in International Commercial Arbitration: Issues, Challenges and Prospects    Edited by Vijay K. Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Christopher N. Candlin, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and Maurizio Gotti, University of Bergamo, Italy

The Global Financial Crisis: Triggers, Responses and Aftermath    Tony Ciro, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Law, Religious Freedoms and Education in Europe    Edited by Myriam Hunter-Henin, University College London, UK

Law Reference Series

Arms Control Law    Edited by Daniel H. Joyner, University of Alabama, USA

Counter-Terrorism and International Law    Edited by Katja L.H. Samuel, Nottingham University, UK and Nigel D. White, Nottingham University, UK

Post-Conflict Rebuilding and International Law    Edited by Ray Murphy, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland

The Use of Force in International Law    Edited by Tarcisio Gazzini, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Nicholas Tsagourias, University of Glasgow, UK

Would patient care improve if doctors were to own up to their mistakes?

Ashgate author, Professor James Reason, thinks so. He is currently presenting a two-part series on medical disclosure on BBC Radio 4 (Part One was aired on Monday 20th February 2012, 20.00 UK time). You can listen to the programme via the BBC website.

Professor Reason discovers how encouraging doctors to admit their mistakes can improve patient safety. He talks to Rick Boothman and Darrell Campbell at the University of Michigan, the creators of a programme where doctors have to be open about their errors.

A world-renowned authority on human factors, James Reason is author of best-selling Ashgate  books such as Managing the Risk of Organizational Accidents and The Human Contribution.

Find out more about the programme and about James Reason on the Ashgate Human Factors author hub.

New books – Planning, Transport, Environment, Human Factors


Mobilities: New Perspectives on Transport and Society    Edited by Margaret Grieco, Edinburgh Napier University, UK and John Urry, Lancaster University, UK


Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches     Edited by Lewis Williams, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Rose Roberts, member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band and previous faculty, University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Alastair McIntosh, Centre for Human Ecology and University of Strathclyde, UK


Smart Methods for Environmental Externalities: Urban Planning, Environmental Health and Hygiene in the Netherlands    Gert de Roo, Jelger Visser and Christian Zuidema, all at University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Sustainable City and Creativity: Promoting Creative Urban Initiatives    Edited by Luigi Fusco Girard, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy, Tüzin Baycan, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Human Factors

Mechanisms in the Chain of Safety: Research and Operational Experiences in Aviation Psychology    Edited by Alex de Voogt, American Museum of Natural History, USA and Teresa D’Oliveira, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Portugal

HFESA 47th Annual Conference: Synergy in Sydney – Creating and Maintaining Partnerships

Posted by Clare Buckley, Marketing and Promotions Co-ordinator, Ashgate-Gower Asia Pacific

Ashgate author Sidney Dekker delivered the keynote address on the first day of this year’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia annual conference.

Delegates responded well to his presence purchasing copies of his latest book Drift into Failure and a number of his other titles. Sidney made himself available to chat to delegates and sign books at the stand.

There was a lot of interest in the books we had on display, and the stand was busy with delegates taking the opportunity to view the content of books prior to purchasing.

For information on our Human Factors and Ergonomics books, you can visit the Human Factors pages on our website. From here you can browse our selection of Human Factors books, and download the latest catalogue. Lots of good books to look at!

New books – Human Factors

Human Factors

A Socio-cultural Perspective on Patient Safety     Edited by Emma Rowley, University of Nottingham, UK and Justin Waring, University of Warwick, UK

Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis: Practical Guidance and Case Study Applications    Paul M. Salmon, Monash University, Australia, Neville A. Stanton, University of Southampton, UK, Michael Lenné, Monash University, Australia, Daniel P. Jenkins, Sociotechnic Solutions, UK,  Laura Rafferty, University of Southampton, UK and Guy H. Walker, Heriot-Watt University, UK

The Fast and The Furious: Drivers, Speed Cameras and Control in a Risk Society    Helen Wells, Keele University, UK

Trust in Military Teams

 ‘More than any other occupation or organization, military endeavours are completely dependent upon trust. However, trust has many dimensions to it: trust in your comrades; trust in your allies and trust in your equipment. This book with contributions from experts from both sides of the Atlantic examines all these aspects of trust. This volume is set to become the definitive reference source for all researchers and practitioners working in this area.’   Don Harris, HFI Solutions Ltd.

Edited by Neville A. Stanton, Trust in Military Teams is written by defence scientists from the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, under the auspices of The Transfer Cooperation Programme. The book reports on contemporary trends in the defence research community on trust in teams, and is part of Ashgate’s Human Factors in Defence series.

About the Editor: Professor Neville A. Stanton holds a Chair in Human Factors and has published more than 150 international peer-reviewed journal papers and 20 books on Human Factors and Ergonomics.  In 1998 he was awarded the Institution of Electrical Engineers Divisional Premium Award for a co-authored paper on Engineering Psychology and System Safety.  The Ergonomics Society awarded him the President’s medal in 2008 and the Otto Edholm medal in 2001 for his contribution to basic and applied ergonomics research.  The Royal Aeronautical Society awarded him the Hodgson Medal and Bronze Award with colleagues for their work on flight deck safety.  Neville Stanton is an editor of Ergonomics and on the editorial board of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science and the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction.  He is a Fellow and Chartered Occupational Psychologist registered with The British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of The Ergonomics Society.  He has a BSc in Occupational Psychology from Hull University, an MPhil in Applied Psychology from Aston University, and a PhD in Human Factors, also from Aston.

More about Trust in Military Teams

‘Safety at the Sharp End’ – skills for high risk work settings

Safety at the Sharp End, by Rhona Flin, Paul O’Connor and Margaret Crichton, describes the basic non-technical skills important for safe and efficient performance in a range of high-risk work settings from industry, health care, military and emergency services.

When things go wrong in high-risk organisations, the consequences can result in damage to humans, equipment and the environment. Analyses in a number of industrial sectors have indicated that up to 80% of accident causes can be attributed to human factors . This means that managers need to understand the human dimension to their operations, especially the behaviour of those working on safety-critical tasks – the ‘sharp end’ of an organisation.

Human error cannot be eliminated, but efforts can be made to minimise, catch and mitigate errors by ensuring that people have appropriate non-technical skills to cope with the risks and demands of their work. Non-technical skills are the cognitive and social skills that complement workers’ technical skills.

Safety at the Sharp End considers the cognitive, social and personal resource skills that complement technical skills, and contribute to safe and efficient task performance. They are not new or mysterious skills but are essentially what the best practitioners do in order to achieve consistently high performance and what the rest of us do ‘on a good day’.

The seven skills discussed in the book are:

  • situation awareness (attention to the work environment)
  • decision-making
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • leadership
  • managing stress
  • coping with fatigue

The skills listed above are required across a range of settings. Much of the background material in Safety at the Sharp End is drawn from the aviation industry but the aim is to demonstrate why these nontechnical skills are critical for many different tasks, from operating a control room on a power plant, to operating on a surgical patient. Human behaviour is remarkably similar across all kinds of workplaces.

About the Authors: Rhona Flin (BSc, PhD Psychology) is Professor of Applied Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Paul O’Connor (BSc, MSc, PhD Psychology) has carried out human factors research in a number of high risk industries and the military. Margaret Crichton (MA, MSc, PhD Psychology) is a Chartered Psychologist and founder of People Factor Consultants Ltd. She has published in both academic and industry journals.

Full information about Safety at the Sharp End is available on our website, where you can also read the authors’ introduction to the book.