Contact Dr Rebecca Charles

Areas of expertise


Rebecca joined Cranfield in 2014, having completed her PhD in Human Factors in collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Network Rail, focussing on decision making and cognitive artefacts for the support of signalling operations. Prior to this she completed an MSc (Hons) in Ergonomics / Human Factors at Loughborough University. More recently she has completed a PGCert in academic practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

During her time at Network Rail, Rebecca focussed on signaller workload, and the assessment and redesign of new signaller workstations for the future. She has also worked in the Automotive industry with a focus on job design and worker efficiency, and in various consultancy roles.

Current activities

Rebecca is a Chartered Ergonomist based within the Safety and Accident Investigation Group, and lectures in Human Factors. She teaches on the Safety and Human Factors in Aviation MSc course, leading modules in work and job design, and human performance and error. She has also recently won some funding to develop a new Human Factors short course. 

Her main research interests are measures of Human Performance and Workload within applied situations, currently working with NLR on the Future Sky Safety programme funded by the Horizon 2020 (Futuresky-Safety) investigating pilot workload. 

She is an invited member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Human Factors Working Group, and sits on the Cranfield University Ethics Committee (CUREC).

Rebecca is heavily involved in the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and is a Registered Member. She is an elected member of Council, assists regularly with the running of events, was on the programme committee for the annual conference in 2016, and was Co-Chair of the programme committee for the conference in 2017, 2018 and again for 2019.


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