Contact Professor Graham Braithwaite

Areas of expertise


Graham holds a BSc (Hons) in Transport Management and Planning and a PhD in Aviation Safety Management from Loughborough University. In 1997, he moved to Australia to help the fledgling Aviation activity at the University of New South Wales grow from 35 students when he arrived to over 300 by the time he left in 2003. During this time he worked on a range of research projects with airlines, airport, ATC and safety consultancies and established airline and railway accident investigation courses. He also published a book entitled " Attitude or Latitude? Australian Aviation Safety" through Ashgate. 

Graham joined Cranfield University in 2003 as the Director of the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre, was promoted to Head of the Department of Air Transport in 2006, Head of the Transport and Safety Engineering Division in 2013 and Director of the Transport Systems Theme in 2015. He launched new multimodal investigation courses in 2004 and the world's first MSc for aircraft accident investigators in 2005. 

In 2011, Graham led the University's successful bid for its third Queen's Anniversary Prize. This is the highest honour that can be awarded to a UK academic institution and was awarded for Cranfield's "world-leading work in aviation safety through research and teaching in air accident investigation." In 2012, he was given a 'Distinguished Alumni Award' by Loughborough University for his contribution to aviation safety and in 2013 he was able to collect the Flight Safety Foundation's Richard Teller Crane Founders Award on behalf of the University for its sustained corporate leadership in aviation safety.

Current activities

Professor Braithwaite is Director of Transport Systems - one of the Theme that make up Cranfield University. Transport Systems covers a broad range of activities from Air Transport Management to Advanced Vehicle Engineering and from the National Flying Laboratory Centre and Engineering Photonics to Safety and Accident Investigation. The Theme operates a number of unique facilities including a Jetstream 31 Flying Classroom, Boeing 737 Ground Demonstrator, Accident Investigation Laboratory, the Multi User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI) and an Off Road Vehicle Dynamics Test Facility.

Graham is also Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation and the academic lead for the University's Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) which will be ready for operation in early 2020.

Graham is involved in the development and delivery of training for transport accident investigators and has a particular interest in safety culture. He regularly speaks at international symposia and conferences on the topic (e.g. Safeskies, the Royal Aeronautical Society, Shell Aircraft, CHC Safety & Quality Forum) and sits as the independent non-exec on the TUI (Northern Region) Safety Review Board and as Independent Safety Adviser to the British Airways Board. He served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Singapore Aviation Academy for 7 years; is Chairman of the Investigator Education and Training Working Group of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators; and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Air Traffic Management Research Institute at NTU Singapore. 

Graham is regularly called upon to provide expert advice on aviation safety from organisations including the news media (e.g. BBC, ITN, CNN), the aviation industry and the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.


Previous clients for tailored training courses include: AirAsia, Cathay Pacific Airways, British Airways, China Airlines, Monarch Airlines, easyJet, AirTanker, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD), Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (HKMTR), Electrical and Mechanical Services Division (EMSD), Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Japanese Airline Pilots Association (JAPA), Japanese Marine Accident Investigation Association, QinetiQ Technology Training, Belfast Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.

Previous clients for research and consultancy include: UK Civil Aviation Authority, Thomson Airways, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and Air Safety Support International (ASSI).


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Braithwaite GR (2017) The use of high-fidelity simulations in emergency management training. In: Forensic Science Education and Training, Hoboken, New Jersey, United States: Wiley, p. 235-252.
  • Li W-C, White J, Braithwaite G, Greaves M & Lin J (2016) The evaluation of pilot's situation awareness during mode change on flight mode annunciators.. In: Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: 13th International Conference, EPCE 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings. Don Harris (ed.), Springer.
  • Ho H, Su H, Li WC, Yu C & Braithwaite G. (2016) Pilots' latency of first fixation and dwell among regions of interest on the flight deck. In: Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics; 12th International Conference, EPCE 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings. Don Harris (ed.), Springer.
  • Braithwaite GR (2011) Safety Management Systems in Aviation. In: Air transport in the 21st century: Key strategic developments. O'Connell JF, Williams G (ed.), Farnham: Ashgate, p. 317-328, ed. 1st.
  • Braithwaite GR (2001) Attitude or latitude?: Australian aviation safety. Aldershot: Ashgate.