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For a Special Issue on
New Frontiers in Prospective Ergonomics

Manuscript deadline
01 June 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Andre Liem, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
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Eric Brangier, University of Lorraine (France)
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Jean-marc Robert, Polytechnique Montréal (Québec, Canada)
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New Frontiers in Prospective Ergonomics

Definition. Prospective Ergonomics (PE) is about the creation and design of future things. More specifically it is a new modality of ergonomic intervention that is moving beyond artefacts and experiences that delight and improve users´ lives and lifestyles to anticipating and creating products, services and processes by addressing fundamental challenges people are facing in their daily lives. As, PE is involved at a very early stage of projects when user needs are still unknown, when there is no demand from a client or the management , and when the artefact to be created has not been identified yet, it will naturally continue its evolution towards incorporating systems thinking, as well as strategic and systemic design.

As the world continues to become more interconnected and multiple organizations begin to see opportunities for interesting partnerships, the development of product and service ecosystems become increasingly important across society and in our most vulnerable public sector entities. Therefore, it is essential that PE enlarges its field of action and enriches its mission by initiating and leading projects instead of limiting itself to the role of supporting other disciplines.
Another perspective to the practice of PE is to understand and meet the needs of both the business and end users, which is some cases may be contradictive. Business leaders are often driven by quick wins and are more comfortable with incremental investments, whereas longer term prospective goals requires more sustained investments by navigating an iterative process rich with ambiguity.

Goal. The goal of this special issue is to gather ergonomists and specialists of different disciplines (e.g., design, engineering, psychology, sociology, and marketing) for reflecting about the conception and design of future things, and for sharing their approaches, models, methods, and tools to deal with the future. For ergonomists, it is an opportunity to reflect about this new avenue for their discipline, and to define fruitful collaboration with new disciplines for the training and the practice. The goals of this special issue are the following:
• Make known and promote Prospective Ergonomics (PE)
• Present a variety of studies (theoretical, empirical, methodological, case and field studies) that show foundations, issues, methods, and contributions of PE
• Show how PE can lead to the creation of future products, services, systems and processes
• Examine the impacts of the new mission 'Creating the Future' on research, training, and practice
• Contribute to the development and evolution of HF&E.

As PE brings prospecting, creativity and innovation fully into the field of ergonomics, we would particularly like to invite, literature reviews, empirical studies, field studies, and practical applications on the following suggested topics:
• Processes, methods and tools for user-centered innovation and design
• Product Service Systems (PSS) on specific topics
• Applications of systems E/HF to future emerging global risks and existential threats such as artificial general intelligence, other world settling, an ageing population, automation replacing human workers, and the genetic modification of humans, etc.
• Review articles covering the application of (Prospective) ergonomics to complex global problems
• Theories, frameworks and methodologies for problem solving and co-creating the future
• Prospective Ergonomics within the realm of “Collaboration”, “Development of Actor Networks” and “Alliance Building”.
• Relationships between Prospective Ergonomics and other “creative” studies and practices.
• Prospective Value Creation through forecasting and back casting.
• PE seen through a citizen participation and Community consultation lens.

PE has been the subject of numerous publications so far.
- The first paper on PE was published in 2009.
- Four symposia on PE were presented in the IEA Congresses in 2012 (Recife, Brazil), 2015 (Australia), 2018 (Florence, Italy), and 2021 Vancouver, Canada), within asu
- Two specil isues of the journal Le travail humain were published in 2014.

Submission Instructions

Select "New frontiers in Prospective Ergonomics" when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.
To mark the achievement of a greater maturity in the development of ergonomics, we encourage the submission of papers on Prospective Ergonomics to present:
- Theoretical approaches,
- Empirical studies,
- Methodological issues,
- Case and field studies
- Training activities,
- And works on the use of prospection, creativity, innovation, and forecasting in ergonomics.

Important dates pertaining this special issue after the manuscript deadline are:
• 1 st September 2023, Authors receive reviewers’ comments
• 1 st December 2023, Revised manuscripts submitted
• 1 st March 2024, Authors receive reviewers’ comments on revised manuscripts
• 1st May 2024, Authors receive final decision on manuscripts
• 1st June 2024, Editorial and order of manuscripts passed onto journal administrator
• August / September 2024, Special issue published

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