This book deals with the central question of how human factors and ergonomics (HFE) might contribute to solutions for the more sustainable development of our world. The contents of the book are highly compatible with the recent political agenda for sustainable development as well as with sustainability research from other disciplines.The book aims to summarize and profile the various empirical and theoretical work arising from the field of “Human Factors and Sustainable Development” in the last decade. The book gives a systematic overview of relevant theoretical concepts, their underlying philosophies, as well as global application fields and case studies.
How Has HFE Responded to the Global Challenges of Sustainability?. SECTION I Theoretical Basis for Human Factors nd Ergonomics: Sustainability and Sustainable Development. For a Sustainable World, What Should HFE Optimize?. A Future Ethical Stance for HFE toward Sustainability. HFE and the Global Sustainable Development Goals. SECTION II Methods and Application Areas for Sustainable Work Systems. Crowd Work, Outsourcing, and Sustainable Work Systems. Beyond Product Life Cycles: An Introduction to Product Sociotechnical Cycles (PstC) as an Alternative for HFE toward Sustainability in Product Design and Development. Current Social Life Cycle Assessment Practice: Getting Through Initial Difficulties of the New Approach. Identifying Human Factors and Ergonomics Issues in Green Jobs: Facilitating Sustainable Green Jobs. Achieving Sustainability through HFE and Organizational Behavior and Change. Factors to Consider in the Application of the Sustainable System-of-Systems Model for Human Factors and Ergonomics Interventions. Sustainability of Global Value Creation and Supply Chains. Ergoecological Criteria to Achieve Corporate Sustainability. SECTION III Case Studies from around the World on Sustainability and Sustainable Work Systems. Complex, Interdependent Sustainability Issues and the Potential Role of Human Factors and Ergonomics in the Persian Gulf: Improving Safety and Preparing for Climate Change Challenges. Past, Present, and Future of the Workforce at the Chilean Forestry Sector from a Social and Ergonomics Perspective. Sustainable Development and Energy Systems Design: Issues and Perspectives from a Francophone Activity-Centered Approach. Transport Systems in Industrially Developing Countries (IDCs) – The Role of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE). Safety Training Park in Northern Finland – A Multistakeholder Approach to Improve Occupational Safety and Health. HFE Practice within Complex Teams: What We Bring. SECTION IV Reflections. Concluding Remarks, the Outlook, and Future Research.