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The Human Factors team include psychologists and management-science specialists, with extensive research experience in the effect of human factors in work systems, with particular expertise in occupational stress risk and fatigue. The team have long-standing track-records in applied research, including in offshore wind, policing, call centres and local government.

The team is led by Earle, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with 20 years’ experience of applied collaborative research in occupational stress risk management. Higgs & Williams bring vast experience of applied management-science, having both been Deans of University Business Schools with extensive research and industry engagement. Cunnah has a background in clinical psychology settings, bringing specific knowledge of mental health presentations, recently leading on developing digital stress risk assessment tools. Our associates bring experience of workplace intervention, utilising specific research skills in individual differences, trauma and human resource management. The team have secured £millions in research income and applied research and consultancy, and have extensive collaboration networks.


Safety and Productivity in Offshore Wind Technician Transit (SPOWTT)

Fatigue – Experimental and Psychometric Analysis

Occupational Stress Risk Assessment

Operational Research


Safety and Productivity in Offshore Wind Technician Transit (SPOWTT)

SPOWTT is a complex, multidisciplinary, multinational project which aims to address an important health and safety issue for marine transit of technicians working in offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M).  The central objective of the project is to develop an evidence-based, open access tool to support the ‘sail/no sail’ decision process for marine coordinators authorising O&M technician work. Weather, sea state and vessel motion is monitored alongside psychological and physiological measures to assess the complex relationships between environmental conditions of transit and the impact on technicians.  These data will be combined to create a model, and then a tool, that will support the Marine Coordinator to 1) launch, 2) not launch, or 3) to launch with certain control measures.  At its conclusion, this project will have produced an open access decision making framework that can be utilised by marine coordinators across the OSW industry. The resulting tool will allow decisions to be made which are grounded in evidence of the human impact of sailing in different conditions.


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