PAPod 167 - What is Next for Safety II - Erik Hollnagel


Erik Hollnagel was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He holds an M.Sc. in psychology from the University of Copenhagen, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

Erik Hollnagel is presently Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Professor at Jönköping Academy, Sweden. Erik is also Adjunct Professor at Central Queensland University (Australia), Visiting Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University (Australia), Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technische Universitat München (Germany), and Professor Emeritus at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA) at Linköping University (LIU), Sweden. Prior to that he has held the following positions:

  • Chief Consultant at the Centre for Quality Improvement, Region of Southern Denmark (2011-2017).
  • Professor and Industrial Safety Chair at MINES ParisTech (formerly École des Mines de Paris), France (2006-2011).
  • Visiting professor (Professor II) at the Department of Industrial economics and technology management (IØT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim,Norway.
  • Professor of Human-Machine Interaction at the Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Linköping, Sweden. (1999-2006/2008)
  • Visiting professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Linköping, Sweden. (1997-1999)
  • Principal Advisor, OECD Halden Reactor Project, Halden, Norway. (1995-1999)
  • Technical Director, Human Reliability Associates Ltd., Dalton, Lancashire, UK. (1993-1995)
  • Senior researcher, Department Manager, and later Principal Scientist, Computer Resources International, Copenhagen, Denmark. (1985-1993)
  • Associate professor, Psychological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. (1985-1986)
  • Head of Man-Machine Interaction Research Division, OECD Halden Reactor Project, Halden, Norway. (1982-1985)
  • Research fellow, Risø National Laboratory, Electronics Department, Roskilde, Denmark. (1978-1982)
  • Associate professor (lektor), Institute of Psychology, University of Aarhus, Denmark. (1971-1978)
  • Computer programmer. I/S Datacentralen af 1959, Copenhagen, Denmark. (1962-1968)

Erik Hollnagel is an internationally recognised specialist in the fields of resilience engineering, system safety, human reliability analysis, cognitive systems engineering, and intelligent man-machine systems. He is the author of more than 500 publications including twenty-two books, articles from recognised journals, conference papers, and reports.

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