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.
Introduction to Sustainability and HFE. How has HFE Responded to the Global Challenges Posed by Sustainability? What is the Ultimate Purpose of HFE? Quality of Life, Quality of Work Life and Decent Work. HFE and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Role of HFE in the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges. How Sustainability Changes the Values and Ethics of HFE. Sustainability in the Context of Developing World Problems. Methods and Application Areas for Sustainable Work Systems. Social Lifecycle Analysis. Ergoecology and Product ‘Lifecycles’. Applying Sustainable System-of-Systems for HFE. Applying Participatory Approaches for Sustainability. Sustainability, HFE and Organizational Behavior. Sustainability of Global Value Creation and Supply Chains. Crowdwork, Outsourcing and Sustainable Work Systems. Corporate Sustainability and Lean Manufacturing. Case Studies from Around the World on Sustainability and HFE Work Systems. Complex Inter-related HFE Problems: Case of the Persian Gulf. Social Sustainability in the Chilean Forestry Industry. Integrating Social, Cultural, and Environmental Sustainability – the Case of the East Cape Community in New Zealand. Sustainable Development and Energy Systems Design: Overview and Prospective thinking from a Francophone Perspective. “Shut the Fridge Door”: Using Socio-Technical Work Redesign to Improve Energy Efficiency in Supermarket Retail Stores.