Human Factors in Land Use Planning and Urban Design: Methods, Practical Guidance, and Applications, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Human Factors in Land Use Planning and Urban Design

Methods, Practical Guidance, and Applications, 1st Edition

By Nicholas J. Stevens, Paul M. Salmon, Guy H. Walker, Neville A. Stanton

CRC Press

375 pages | 77 B/W Illus.

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The integration of Human Factors in Land Use Planning and Urban Design (LUP & UD) is an exciting and emerging interdisciplinary field. This book offers practical guidance on a range of Human Factors methods that can be used to rigorously and reliably explore LUP & UD.

It provides new ways to interpret urban space and detail context sensitive analysis for the interpretation and design of our surroundings. The methodologies outlined allow for the consideration of the technical aspects of the built environment with the necessary experience and human centered approaches to our urban and regional settings.  

This book describes 30 Human Factors methods for use in the LUP & UD context. While it explores theory, it also focuses on the question of what Human Factors methods are; their advantages and disadvantages; step-by-step guidance on how to carry them out; and case studies to guide the reader.

  • Describes the practice and processes associated with urban and regional strategic planning
  • Constructed so that students, practitioners, and researchers with an interest in one particular area of Human Factors can read the chapters independently from one another

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Introduction to Human Factors Methods in Land Use Planning and Urban Design

Chapter 2 Data Collection Methods

Chapter 3 Task Analysis Methods

Chapter 4 Cognitive Task Analysis Methods

Chapter 5 Error Identification Methods

Chapter 6 Accident Analysis Methods

Chapter 7 Situation Awareness Assessment

Chapter 8 Mental Workload Assessment Methods

Chapter 9 Interface Evaluation Methods

Chapter 10 Systems Analysis and Design Methods

Chapter 11 Future Human Factors Applications in Land Use Planning and Urban Design



About the Authors

Nicholas J. Stevens

Nicholas J. Stevens is a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. He is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he leads the Land Use Planning and Urban Design Research Theme. He is also the Program Leader for the Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (Honours) and the Master of Regional and Urban Planning (Research) at USC. His research explores the concept of Sociotechnical Urbanism and the application of Ergonomics and Human Factors methods to the perennial problems of Land Use Planning and Urban Design. Nicholas has also published widely in the areas of airport and regional land use development, examining the concepts of the Airport City and Aerotropolis. In 2015 Dr Stevens was awarded an Australian Government Citation for Teaching Excellence for his development of design studio based curricula. He currently serves on the Planning Institute of Australia organising committee as well as the Urban Design Advisory Panel for the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Professor Paul Salmon

Paul Salmon, PhD, is a Professor in human factors and is the creator and director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at University of the Sunshine Coast. He currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in the area of transportation safety and leads major research programs in the areas of road and rail safety, cybersecurity, and led outdoor recreation. His current research interests include accident prediction and analysis, distributed cognition, systems thinking in transportation safety and healthcare, and human factors in elite sports and cybersecurity. Paul has co-authored 11 books, over 150 journal articles, and numerous conference articles and book chapters. He has received various accolades for his contributions to research and practice, including the UK Ergonomics Society’s President’s Medal, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Hodgson Prize for best research and paper, and the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Vice Chancellor and President’s Medal for Research Excellence. In 2016, Paul was awarded the Australian Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Cumming Memorial Medal for his research contribution.

Professor Neville Stanton

Neville Stanton, PhD, DSc, is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Ergonomist and Chartered Engineer. He holds the Chair in human factors engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. He has degrees in occupational psychology, applied psychology and human factors engineering. His research interests include modelling, predicting, analysing and evaluating human performance in systems as well as designing the interfaces and interaction between humans and technology. Professor Stanton has worked on design of automobiles, aircraft, ships and control rooms over the past 30 years, on a variety of automation projects. He has published 40 books and over 300 journal papers on ergonomics and human factors. His work has been recognised through numerous awards including the Hodgson Prize, awarded to him and his colleagues in 2006 by the Royal Aeronautical Society for research on design-induced, flight-deck, error. He has also received numerous awards from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the UK and in 2014 the University of Southampton awarded him a Doctor of Science for his sustained contribution to the development and validation of human factors methods.

Associate Professor Guy Walker

Dr Guy Walker is an Associate Professor within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He lectures on transportation engineering and human factors and is the author/co-author of over one hundred peer reviewed journal articles and thirteen books. He has been awarded the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) President’s Medal for the practical application of Ergonomics theory and Heriot-Watt’s Graduate’s Prize for inspirational teaching. Dr Walker has a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton, a PhD in Human Factors from Brunel University, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland. His novel multidisciplinary research has featured in the popular media, from national newspapers, TV and radio through to an appearance on the Discovery Channel.

About the Series

Human Factors and Socio-technical Systems

Human Factors and Socio-technical Systems
This book series examines the role of the human in the system, encompassing two key emerging human factors paradigms: human systems integration (HSI) and socio-technical systems (STS). The field of human factors has evolved to be concerned with the design of whole systems of work. It is a discipline that puts human needs and capabilities at the centre of the design and operation of socio-technical systems with the objective of ensuring users and technology work in harmony, with equipment and tasks aligned to human characteristics. The modern systems approach aims to optimise processes to achieve the aims and objectives of the organisation. It defines the system objectives, describes the processes required to achieve these objectives and identifies and integrates the human factors activities into the processes. Aligning with this contemporary approach to understanding and optimising socio-technical systems, the Human Factors and Socio-technical Systems series will comprise a mix of textbooks and shorter research monographs, the former providing a range of theories and methods for researchers and practitioners, the latter a more in-depth account of particular HSI and STS applications and thorough examinations of specific topics and application areas. The books will also be a mixture of single author, multiple author and edited volumes. The series invites contributions from all component disciplines but also actively encourages volumes targeted at the wider, macro-ergonomic issues and the integration of the various sub-domains within a STS context. Books published within the series will bridge the researcher/practitioner divide, with emphasis placed upon the benefits of producing system-wide solutions in terms of performance, financial cost savings and health and safety. Authors will be researchers world-wide operating in a wide-range of application areas, including road and rail transport, aviation, mining, workplace safety, air traffic control, defence, process control, healthcare and led outdoor activities to name only a few. Across these domains there are increasing numbers of human factors researchers and practitioners involved in optimising systems and improving safety, and this series will provide a platform to promote and disseminate their valuable work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety