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Associate Professor Gemma Read

PhD Monash, PGDipPsych Monash, LLB/BBSc La Trobe

  • Associate Professor, Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems
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Gemma Read


Associate Professor Gemma Read leads the Transport and Infrastructure Research Theme at the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at USC. She has a PhD in human factors from Monash University and has worked in the field of transportation human factors since 2006 in both academic and government roles. She also holds undergraduate degrees in behavioural science and law. Her main areas of expertise and interest include the application of methods and approaches with a basis in complexity and systems theory to enhance safety in transportation systems. She is also interested in how better translation of human factors research outcomes into real world practice can be achieved.

Gemma currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award which aims to address potential safety risks arising from the introduction of advanced autonomous vehicles. The project will use both human factors and computer-based simulation techniques. While automation promises to reduce crashes, the project expects to generate new knowledge about the emergence of risks through interactions between human road users and autonomous vehicles, particularly in the initial transition period. The expected outcomes include an enhanced capacity to understand how risks emerge in complex systems, and the development of specific policy and regulatory interventions.

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Professional memberships

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (US)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia


  • Early Career Research Excellence Award, 2018, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Vice Chancellor and President's Medal for Excellence in Research (Early Career Researcher), 2017, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Mollie Hollman Doctoral Medal for best thesis, 2015, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Monash University
  • Winner, 3 Minute Thesis Competition, 2014, Monash Injury Research Institute 
  • HFES Student Travel Honorarium, 2012, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Best paper (co-author) – 11th International Symposium of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association, 2012, Australian Aviation Psychology Association
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry), 2011–2014, Australian Research Council
  • APS Prize for Psychology – Monash University, 2009, Australian Psychological Society
  • Women in Transport Scholarship, 2009, Victorian Department of Transport

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Human factors in transport safety applications (road, rail, maritime)
  • Human factors and rail level crossing safety
  • Human factors and automation
  • Accident analysis
  • Sociotechnical systems analysis and design
  • Safety regulation

Research areas

  • human factors and ergonomics
  • transportation safety (road, rail, maritime, aviation)
  • sociotechnical systems & systems thinking
  • systems approaches to analysis and design
  • accident analysis

Dr Gemma Read’s specialist areas of knowledge include transport human factors, the development and application of methods and approaches with a basis in systems theory, translation of human factors research into practice, and transport safety regulation.

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