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One month left to apply to our MSc programme in human factors and system safety

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Dear readers,

The most privileged and rewarding part of my job at Lund university includes working with our MSc Programme in Human Factors and System Safety.

With students representing practitioners at different levels in a wide range of high-risk industries we are proud to provide a space for critical reflections and learning across domains.

Recently we produced a number of videos to further explain the philosophy of the programme and its teaching methods. These videos include one introduction video, one video with answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, as well as testimonials from three of our students. I have posted all five videos below for you to enjoy.

The final deadline of application to join in for the 2016-class starting in January is October 15. All details concerning how to apply are found at our programme webpage.

Very welcome to apply!









New publication: Swedish healthcare incident investigations over 20 years

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Dear readers,

Jonas Wrigstad is a great PhD student who I have the privilege to supervise. Apart from working as a child anesthesiologist at Lund university hospital he curiously studies patient safety interventions and their effects in the Swedish healthcare. Previously I have reported on his first study looking at factors explaining why/how recommendations from incident investigations get implemented.

Recently Jonas' second study was published. This one takes more of a macro perspective, looking at how the national system for investigating incidents in healthcare has evolved over the last 20 years. The study, which has already been discussed by the Swedish medical papers Dagens Medicin and Läkartidningen, looks at how the construction of causal factors has changed over the last 20 years (spoiler alert: not much, the system still believes, as it always has, that accidents are caused at a micro level in the system), but also at how the authority representatives and inspectors at …

New publication: a critical review of the resilience engineering literature

Dear readers, today I am happy to announce the publication of a paper that has been a work in progress for the last 15 months, a paper entitled On the rational of resilience in the domain of safety: A literature review, which will be included in the upcoming special issue on resilience engineering in the journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety.

During my time as a guest researcher at Griffith University in Australia I studied Foucauldian discourse analysis and archaeology together with my great friends and colleagues Roel van Winsen and Eder Henriqson (the three of us once shared an office at Lund University). When the special issue on resilience engineering was announced we decided to apply some of the techniques of discourse analysis in a critical review of the field. This is the analysis that we have now gotten published.

So, what did we do? Well, to summarise, we gathered our data based on the systematic literature review-methodology. We identified the journals in which…