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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 reduce the uncertainty to acceptable levels.

The methods he helped 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) and other high impact journals in engineering and science. He has acted as a reviewer for high impact journals, including the Journal of Risk analysis (4*ABS), Reliability Engineering and Systems Safety (3*ABS), IEEE Systems journal, Ocean Engineering, Sensors and others. He was member of the technical panel for international conferences such as PSAM10, AUV2012, UUVS 2012, ESREL 2017 and others. Dr. Brito is currently a 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. 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 and programme manager for high profile projects. 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 the initiator and programme manager for 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). He is currently the leader for Work-Package 7 of this project ( ). 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 module leader for MANG1019 Foundations in Business Analytics and the programme leader for the MSc in Risk Management. In addition to MANG1019 he also teach MANG3032 Risk Management and UoSM2011 The Management of Uncertainty and Risk.


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 – present PI Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund SMMI (17/18). Air Pollution Scoping Study £5,100.
  • 2017 – present Co-I Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund SMMI (17/18). The Atlantic Hurricane Season 2017: Context, Impacts and Long-term Recovery £8,525.
  • 2015- present PI KTP Marine Autonomous Systems Risk and Reliability, £161K
  • 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
Current PhD projects:

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

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

Risk Management of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Operations in Antarctica -Loh Tzu Yang (University of Tasmania). Supervisory team: Dr. Mario P. Brito (coordinator), Prof. Neil Bose (Memorial University), Prof. Jingjing Xu (Plymouth University) and Prof. Kiril Tenekedjiev (University of Tasmania)

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

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). Southampton, GB: 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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