Contact Dr Jim Nixon

Areas of expertise

  • Air Transport Safety & Investigation
  • Counter-IED
  • Human Factors
  • Human Factors for Defence


Before joining Cranfield University as a lecturer, Jim was a principal human factors engineer at BAE Systems, Advanced Technology Centre applying human factors in defence across air, land and marine domains. Prior to this he worked as a human factors specialist at NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services) working predominantly on the introduction of the new medium-term conflict-detection tools in area control. Jim has a PGCert in academic practice and is is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jim holds a PhD and MSc in human factors, and a BSc (Hons) in experimental psychology. He is a Chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and holds BPS certification in ability and personality (NEO-PI-R) occupational testing.

Current activities

Jim is programme director for award bearing courses in the Centre for Accident Investigation. Jim lectures in human factors in aviation safety, leading modules in cognitive ergonomics and research methods. 

He is currently working on research projects with BAE Systems through the DHCSTC Humans in Systems programme, NLR through the Future Sky Safety programme funded by the Horizon 2020 (Futuresky-Safety) and Rolls-Royce through the Cranfield Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC). Jim is also currently engaged in research with easyJet. 

Jim is the vice-chairperson of the Cranfield University Research Ethics Committee (CURES) and is an elected member of Cranfield University Senate. 

His research interests include applied human factors in aviation and defence, quantitative analysis of human factors data and human performance measurement and assessment, especially mental workload. He also has interests in the use of new sensor technologies in understanding human performance. 


  • Enhanced cockpit decision making, funded by Rolls-Royce.
  • Future sky safety: human performance envelope, funded by Horizon 2020.
  • Multi-source information assimilation to support decision making, funded by Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre.


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