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Research project

A Socio-Technical Systems Approach to Road Safety (STARS): A Global Health Research Group

Project overview

A multi-disciplinary, international project that takes a socio-technical systems perspective of road safety in low- and middle-income countries, funded through the National Institute for Health Research with Overseas Development Assistance funding.
Traditional road safety research has been characterised by the ‘3 E’s’ of Engineering, Enforcement and Education. Although they have provided guidance to engineers and policy makers, they do not go far enough at providing a holistic and integrated approach to road safety and fail to consider fully the wider system factors that shape road user performance and outcomes. The STARS project intends to tackle road safety from a ‘7 E’s’ perspective, with the inclusion of Ergonomics, Economics, Emergency response, and Enablement. There are four overarching objectives for achieving this work:

1. Capture the current situation in each LMIC through local data collection of the road transport system

2. Develop solutions and countermeasures from a socio-technical systems-based perspective based on the local data

3. Evaluate these solutions in simulated environments (a significant output of the project is establishing simulator facilities at each LMIC institution)

4. Disseminate findings at local and national levels in order to shape the interventions, policy and regulations to reduce road crashes and associated public health trauma.

This will enable us to deliver measurable benefits, primarily targeting a reduction in loss of life from road crashes by designing safer systems, but also aiming to reduce injury severity by improving the coordinated multi-agency effort of emergency responders.

Staff

Lead researcher

Emeritus Professor Neville Stanton

Research interests

  • Ergonomics and Human Factors methods
  • Distributed cognition and distributed situation awareness
  • The effects of automation on human tasks, mainly focused on the development of vehicle automation in road transport
Other researchers

Dr Katie Plant

Associate Professor

Professor John Preston

Professor in Rail Transport

Research interests

  • Demand, capacity and cost modelling for sustainable transport infrastructure.
  • The design, monitoring and evaluation of transport interventions designed to promote sustainable choices.
  • The determination of pathways for future mobility transitions to net zero carbon.

Research outputs

Omar Faruqe Hamim,
Shahnewaz Hasanat-E-Rabbi,
Mithun Debnath,
Md Shamsul Hoque,
Rich C McIlroy,
, 2022 , Applied Ergonomics , 100 , 103650
Type: article
Ripon C. Das,
Imrul K. Shafie,
Omar F. Hamim,
Md Shamsul Hoque,
, 2021 , Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries , 31 (6) , 652--663
Type: article
Linyang Wang,
Jianping Wu,
Mingyu Liu,
Kezhen Hu,
, 2021 , Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries , 31 (6) , 625--636
Type: article
Shahnewaz Hasanat-E-rabbi,
Omar Faruqe Hamim,
Mithun Debnath,
Md Shamsul Hoque,
Rich C. McIlroy,
, 2021 , Sustainability , 13 (19)
Type: article
Mingyu Liu,
Jianping Wu,
Adnan Yousaf,
Linyang Wang,
Kezhen Hu,
, 2021 , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 18 (7)
Type: article
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