Professor, School of Humanities, Griffith University

Sidney Dekker is Professor in the School of Humanities at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia where he has founded the Safety Science Innovation Lab.

Previously Professor at Lund University, Sweden, and Director of the Leonardo Da Vinci Center for Complexity and Systems Thinking, he gained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA in 1996. Since his PhD, Sidney has gained worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work on human error and safety.

He has worked in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and England, has been Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and visiting Professor in healthcare safety in both Melbourne, Australia and Manitoba, Canada.

He has recently been flying part-time as pilot on the Boeing 737NG with an airline out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

He is author of several best-selling books on system failure and human error. Recent ones include "Behind human error" (2010), "Drift into Failure" (2011), "Patient Safety" (2011), "Just Culture" (2012), "Second Victim" (2013), "The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error" (2014) and "Safety Differently" (2015).


  • –present
    Professor, School of Humanities, Griffith University


    Ohio State University, PhD