Industrial Psychology Research Centre


Welcome to the Industrial Psychology Research Centre.  The IPRC specialises in the application of psychology principles and methods to examine safety and human performance in industry, with a strong focus on human factors.

The centre has worked with the oil industry since 1986, and regularly engages in research and consultancy.  We carry out projects with the offshore oil industry, civil aviation, nuclear power generation, healthcare, emergency services, conventional power generation and transportation.

The IPRC has recently expanded to encompass a new research group, the Aberdeen Human Factors Research Group.

Research interests of the centre include:

  • Analysis of the human factors inherent in a variety of workplaces (aviation, oil, healthcare)
  • Measuring and managing safety culture/climate
  • Patient safety
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Non-technical skills such as leadership, communication and situational awareness
  • Accident analysis

Tel: +44 (0)1224 273210



Dr John Rutherford (PhD student) presented his research at the Behavioural Science in Surgery conference, Karolinska Institute, October. 

Ruby Roberts talks at Offshore Europe about her PhD project looking at drillers' situation awareness.

4th Plexus Industrial Safety Lecture, 14th August 2013.
Prof Hudson talk "Path to Disaster - Deepwater Horizon

Dr Laura Fruhen talks about her work on safety. Podcast

A white paper on senior managers' safety intelligence published by EUROCONTROL based on research carried out at the IPRC by Dr Fruhen. EuroControl: Safety Intelligence


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