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Sidney Dekker

School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
+61 (0)7 3735 4842 (Work)
N16 2.43, Nathan Campus

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Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is Chief Scientist at Art of Work, and has honorary professorial appointments at The University of Queensland and Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was Professor of human factors and system safety at Lund University in Sweden. After becoming full professor, he qualified on the Boeing 737, and worked part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He has won worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work in human factors and safety. His debut documentary Safety Differently was released in October 2017, and he is best-selling author of, most recently: The Safety Anarchist (2017); The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age (2017); Just Culture: Restoring Trust and Accountability in Your Organization-(2016); Safety Differently-(2015);-The Field Guide to Understanding 'Human Error' (2014); Second Victim-(2013); Drift into Failure (2012);-and Patient Safety (2011). More at


  • Member
    Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research2016


  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    Ohio State University
  • Master of Arts
    University of Nijmegen
  • Master Of Science
    Leiden University