Professor Mark Young

Professor Mark Young

 BSc (Hons), PhD, CErgHF, FCIEHF
Professor of Human Factors in Transport

Research interests

  • human factors
  • transport safety
  • accident investigation and analysis

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Mark is Professor of Human Factors in Transport within the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton.  Mark has nearly 30 years’ experience working in human factors across transport modes in both academia and industry.  He has a degree in psychology and a PhD in human factors, both from the University of Southampton.  Mark's early career was largely based in academia until 2012, when he became an Inspector at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, applying his human factors expertise to the investigation of railway incidents and accidents.  He continued in this role until rejoining the University of Southampton in June 2023.

Mark has written over 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and five books, he is a Chartered Ergonomist, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and, from April 2024, President of the CIEHF.

Mark's current external activities are:

  • President, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, April 2024-April 2025
  • Editorial board member, Ergonomics journal, 2007-present
  • Guest editor, special issue of Ergonomics on ’75 years of ergonomics and human factors’, 2024
  • Visiting Professor, Loughborough University, 2015-present
  • Member, Department for Transport College of Experts, 2023-present
  • Ambassador, Clinical Human Factors Group, 2024-present