Associate Professor

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Heriot-Watt University
Guy Walker
  • Human Factors methods: Key words from applied domains such as transportation, high-hazard industries, the energy sector, climate change and the built environment include ‘safety management', ‘automation', ‘usability', ‘behaviour change' and ‘decision support', all of which tacitly refer to the role of humans in systems. Application of, and research into Human Factors methods enables issues like these to be captured and understood in novel ways.
  • Intelligent Transport Systems: Technological interventions can often be substantially less effective than engineers assume. Human Factors research provides access to problems that so far have proven resistant to conventional interventions, ensuring a jointly optimised blend of humans and technology.
  • Extending Human Factors: Improving the current state of the art in response to the challenges of the information age. Insights from sociotechnical systems theory and complexity science are put to use in understanding modern Human Factors problems.
Selected publications


  1. Walker, G. H, Stanton, N. A., Salmon, P. M. & Jenkins, D. P. (2010). Command and control: the sociotechnical perspective. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
  2. Stanton, N. A., Salmon, P. M., Walker, G. H., Baber, C. & Jenkins, D. P (2005) Human Factors Methods: A Practical Guide for Engineering and Design. Farnham, UK: Aldershot. 


  1. Walker, G. H., Stanton, N. A., & Young, M. S. (2006). The ironies of vehicle feedback in car design. Ergonomics, 49(2), 161-179. TOP 10 DOWNLOADED ARTICLE 2006.
  2. Stanton, N. A., Young, M. S. and Walker, G. H. (2007) The psychology of driving automation: A discussion with Professor Don Norman. International Journal of Vehicle Design: Special Issue, Human Factors in Vehicle Design, 45(3), 289-306.
  3. Walker, G. H., Stanton, N. A., Salmon, P. M., Jenkins, D. P. & Rafferty, L. (2010). Translating concepts of complexity to the field of ergonomics. Ergonomics, 53(10), 1175 - 1186.
  4. Walker, G. H., Stanton, N. A., Jenkins, D. P. & Salmon, P. M. (2009). From telephones to iPhones: Applying systems thinking to networked, interoperable products. Applied Ergonomics, 40(2), 206-215.
  5. Stanton, N. A., Walker, G. H., Young, M. S., Kazi, T. A. & Salmon, P. (2007). Changing drivers minds: The evaluation of an advanced driver coaching system. Ergonomics. Special Issue on Driver Safety, 50(8), 1209-1234. NOMINATED FOR BEST PAPER 2007.
  6. McLeod, R. W., Walker, G. H., & Moray, N. (2005). Analysing and modelling train driver performance. Applied Ergonomics, 36, 671-680.
  7. Salmon, P. M., Stanton, N. A., Walker, G. H., Jenkins, D. P., Baber, C., & McMaster, R. M. (2008). Representing situation awareness in collaborative systems: a case study in the energy distribution domain. Ergonomics, 51( 3), 367 - 384. TOP 10 DOWNLOADED ARTICLE 2008. 
  • 1999 - BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Southampton
  • 2002 - PhD in Human Factors from Brunel University.
  • 2003 – Human Factors Consultant, Nickleby HFE Ltd.
  • 2005- Research Fellow, Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre at Brunel University, London.
  • 2007 – Awarded Ergonomics Society President's Medal.
  • 2009 - Senior Research Fellow, Human Factors Integration Defence Technology Centre (HFIDTC) at the University of Southampton.