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Safety Science Research
Evolution, Challenges and New Directions

ISBN 9780815392699
Published August 19, 2019 by CRC Press
362 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Safety Science Research: Evolution, Challenges and New Directions provides a unique perspective into the latest developments of safety science by putting together, for the first time, a new generation of authors with some of the pioneers of the field. Forty years ago, research traditions were developed, including, among others, high-reliability organisations, cognitive system engineering or safety regulations. In a fast-changing world, the new generation introduces, in this book, new disciplinary insights, addresses contemporary empirical issues, develops new concepts and models while remaining critical of safety research practical ambitions. Their ideas are then reflected and discussed by some of the pioneers of safety science. 


  • Allows the reader to discover how contemporary safety issues are currently framed by a new generation of researchers, brought together for the first time
  • Includes an introduction and guide to the development of safety science over the last four decades
  • Features an extraordinary collection of expert contributors, including pioneers of safety research, reflecting the evolution of the discipline and offering insightful commentary on the current and future state of the field
  • Serves as an invaluable reference and guide for safety professionals and students from any established disciplines such as sociology, engineering, psychology, political science or management as well as dedicated safety programmes
  • Some figures in the eBook are in colour

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jean-Christophe Le Coze

Part 1: New Generation

1. Safety as a research topic

1.1 Studying (fairly) new empirical realities

Standardization and digitalization. Changes in work as imagined and what this means for safety science, Petter G. Almklov and Stian Antonsen

The interaction between Safety Culture and National Culture, Tom Reader

Governance for safety in inter-organizational project networks, Nadezhda Gotcheva, Kirsi Aaltonen and Jaakko Kujala

Coping with Globalization. Robust Regulation and Safety in High-Risk industries, Ole Andreas Engen and Preben Hempel Lindøe

1.2 Developing (fairly) new conceptual lenses

On Ignorance and Apocalypse: A Brief Introduction To ‘Epistemic Accidents’, John Downer

Revisiting the issue of power in safety research, Stian Antonsen and Petter Almklov

Sensework, Torgeir Haavik

Drift and the Social Attenuation of Risk, Kenneth Pettersen Gould and Lisbet Fjæran

2. Safety research as a topic

2.1 Critical reflection on the performative side of safety research

Safety and the professions: natural or strange bedfellows?, Justin Waring and Simon Bishop

Visualising Safety, Jean-Christophe Le Coze

The discursive effects of Safety Science, Johan Bergström

2.2 Practical concerns on the relevance of safety research

Investigating accidents: The case for disaster case studies in safety science, Jan Hayes

Towards actionable safety science, T. Reiman and K. Viitanen

Safety Research and Safety Practice: Islands in a Common Sea, Steven T. Shorrock


Part 2: Pioneers

Safety Research: 2020 Visions, Rhona Flin

The gilded age?, Erik Hollnagel

Observing the English Weather – a Personal Journey from Safety I to IV, Nick Pidgeon

A conundrum for safety science, Karlene H Roberts

Some Thoughts on future directions in Safety Research, Paul R. Schulman

Redescriptions of high-risk organizational life, Karl E. Weick

Skin in the Game: When Safety Becomes Personal, Ron Westrum

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Jean-Christophe Le Coze is a safety researcher (PhD, Mines ParisTech) at INERIS, the French national institute for environmental safety. His activities combine ethnographic studies and action research in various safety-critical systems, with an empirical, theoretical, historical and epistemological orientation.