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Dr Mario Brito 

Associate Professor of Risk Analysis and Risk Management

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Dr Mario Brito is an Associate Professor of Risk Analysis and Risk Management. His area of expertise is in risk analysis of extreme events where there is substantial uncertainty with respect to a critical event and historical hard data alone is not sufficient to model the uncertainty.

The methods he helped to develop over the years have been applied for supporting decision making in critical infrastructure or technology operations. One example is the deployment of autonomous underwater vehicles in extreme environments such as under fast ice or ice shelf. He conducted the risk analysis for Autosub3 deployment under the Pine Island Glacier (in 2009 and 2014), sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the deployment of ISE Explorer in the Arctic ice (in 2010 and 2011), sponsored by the Natural Resources Canada. In both cases the AUVs carried out record breaking transects under ice shelf and sea ice respectively. In 2009, Autosub3 travelled a total of 500 km under ice shelf whilst in 2010 ISE explorer travelled a total of 18000 km under sea ice.

Dr Brito is the leading author of articles in Risk Analysis (4* ABS), Reliability Engineering and Systems Safety (3*ABS), IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (3*ABS).  He was member of the technical panel for international conferences such as PSAM10, AUV2012, UUVS 2012, ESREL 2017-2019 and others.

Dr. Brito is the Deputy chair for the Society of Underwater Technology specialist panel on Underwater Robotics and Co-Chair of the European Safety and Reliability Association Committee on Marine and Offshore Technology.

He has acted as external PhD examiner for the Liverpool John Moores University and external evaluator for the MSc programme in Risk and Safety Management ran by RiskTec. He is an external examiner for Glasgow University of Caledonia BA (Honours) in Risk Management.

Dr. Brito has also acted as independent reviewer for international large scale projects on autonomous systems development

Whilst working for NERC, Dr. Brito was project manager for the Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations (MASSMO), which had a capital budget of approximately £800K and also the programme manager for phase 1 of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) on Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Networks (£1.45M). In addition, Dr. Brito was the NERC Principle Investigator (PI) for the Horizon 2020 project BRIDGES (Euro 1.8M) and Work-Package 7 leader.

Dr. Brito was the PI for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with ASV Ltd (£166K) on risk and reliability methods tailored to unmanned marine surface vehicles (UMSVs).

Dr. Brito is the Programme leader for the MSc in Risk Management.


Research interests

Research interests for future PhDs:
Expert judgment elicitation
Decision under uncertainty
Risk and opportunity management
Safety and Security assessment and management
Applied to several fields, engineering and technology, environment, societal or combinations of these.
Please consult our Postgraduate Admissions webpage for more information on possible funding opportunities and admission requirements.

Research Projects
  • 2017 -2018 PI Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund SMMI (17/18). Air Pollution Scoping Study £5,100.
  • 2017 – 2018 present Co-I Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund SMMI (17/18). The Atlantic Hurricane Season 2017: Context, Impacts and Long-term Recovery £8,525.
  • 2015- 2017 PI KTP Marine Autonomous Systems Risk and Reliability, £161K
  • 2015-2019 Work-Package 7 leader EU Horizon2020 BRIDGES, Euro 256K
  • 2015 PI EU Horizon2020 BRIDGES, Euro 1.8M
  • 2013 Researcher in the EU funded ROBOCADEMY ITN £120K
  • 2011-2012. Researcher in the EU funded GROOM project £155K
  • 2011-2012. Co-Researcher in NERC funded Tracking AUV risk mitigation, £65K
Vising Academics
  • 2019-2020. Associate Professor Guoquan Chen. Autonomous Ship Risk Management. Jimei University, China.
  • 2019-2020. Professor Qiang Zhao. Marine Transportation Risk Management. Jimei University, China.
Current PhD projects:

Andrew Rawson (UoS). Intelligent Big Data Analytics for Safer Ship Navigation in the Arctic Environment. Supervisory team: Dr Zoheir Sabeur (UoS) (coordinator), Dr Long Tran-Thanh (UoS), and Dr. Mario P. Brito.

Mohammed Al-Mhdawi (UoS). Designing an Integrated Risk Management Decision Support System for Iraqi Oil and Gas Construction projects. Supervisory team: Dr. Mario P. Brito (UoS) and Dr Stephan Onggo (UoS).

Stas Bukhmans (UoS). Aviation security risk management under conditions of uncertainty. Supervisory team: Dr. Mario P. Brito. Prof. Vanessa Sung (UoS).

Seyyed Toliyat (UoS). Deciding under Uncertainty: Developing Integrated and Accurate Models to Assess Strategic Risks in Complex Technology-Based Environments. Supervisory team: Dr. Mario P. Brito (coordinator), Prof. Martin Kunc (UoS), Prof. Chris Chapman (UoS).

Xi Chen (Memorial University of NewFoundland). Risk Management of Autonomous Marine Systems. Supervisory team: Prof. Neil Bose (Memorial University), Prof. Faisal Khan (Memorial University), Dr. Ting Zhou (Memorial University). Dr. Mario P. Brito (PhD Advisor).

Past PhD students:

Loh Tzu Yang (University of Tasmania). Risk Management of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Operations in Antarctica

Research group

Centre for Risk Research

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Book Chapters



Working Paper

  • Marshall, A., Johnson, J. (Ed.), Sung, V. (Ed.), Ashleigh, M. (Ed.), Baden, D. (Ed.), Brito, M. (Ed.), & Dawson, I. (Ed.) (2016). Why risk cultures need prudence. (A Centre for Risk Research Discussion Document). University of Southampton.

Course leader for MSc in Risk Management

  • MANG1007 Management Science
  • MANG1019 Foundations of Business Analytics
  • MANG3032 Risk Management
  • UOSM2011 Management of Risk and Uncertainty
  • MANG6003 Quantitative Methods


Wednesdays 13.30 – 16.00


Dr Mario Brito
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number : 2/3067

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