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For a Special Issue on
Applying E/HF systems thinking to complex global problems

Manuscript deadline
28 February 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Andrew Thatcher, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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Paul H.P. Yeow, RMIT Vietnam
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Tiago F.A.C. Sigahi, University of São Paulo
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Paul M. Salmon, University of the Sunshine Coast
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Applying E/HF systems thinking to complex global problems

Ergonomics and Human Factors (E/HF) has a critical role to play in effectively responding to complex global problems such as those described in the World Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Risks Report (Salmon et al., 2019; Thatcher et al., 2018; 2020; World Economic Forum, 2021). With over 4.4m deaths globally to date and a cost estimated in the region of $28tn, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic provides a sobering example of the significant human, societal and economic costs incurred when global risks are not well managed. The State of Science paper on ergonomics and global problems by Thatcher, Waterson, Todd, and Moray (2018) identified one of the significant short comings of work was the lack of empirical and practical studies, especially in areas such as water issues, food issues, urbanization, and pollution and waste. Even in areas where there has been comparatively more empirical work (e.g. energy issues, violence and terrorism, and health issues), the work has been focused on relatively micro-ergonomics and meso-ergonomics issues. This is especially concerning given that the last two decades have seen a significant deterioration in the health and wellbeing of global systems and simultaneously ergonomics has been developing several theoretical models, frameworks, and tools to address these complex, global issues. Indeed, Salmon et al. (2019) demonstrated that at least one of the ergonomics tools (i.e., Accimap) is perfectly capable of modeling the Earth system and human-related global problems. In this special issue we intend to focus on empirical investigations and practical applications of existing theories, frameworks, and tools used to model complex, global systems to show how ergonomics has started to contribute to resolving global problems.

In particular, we would like to invite empirical studies, field studies, and practical applications on the following suggested topics:

  • Practical applications of systems E/HF to issues of water and sanitation, food security, urbanization problems, and pollution and waste reduction
  • Systems E/HF applied to energy issues, violence and terrorism, human migration, pandemics and health systems
  • Applications of systems E/HF to future emerging global risks and existential threats such as artificial general intelligence, otherworld settling, an ageing population, automation replacing human workers, and the genetic modification of humans
  • Review articles covering the application of ergonomics to complex global problems
  • Commentaries or position papers on theoretical and/or methodological developments required to facilitate E/HF applications to complex global problems

Submission Instructions

  • Select "Applying E/HF systems thinking to complex global problems” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne
  • Papers which provide empirical studies, field investigations, and practical applications will be prioritised for inclusion, but review articles, position papers, and commentaries that look at theoretical advancements on existing models, theories, and frameworks will also be considered.
  • Expected publication date is April 2023

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