School of Psychology
PhD TU/e, MSc UCM, MSc TU/e
Area of expertise/Research Interests: 
  • Human factors and safety management
  • Errors and error management
  • Near miss reporting
  • Work practices vs. work procedures

Lisette obtained her PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in January 2004. Her PhD research focused on near misses and minor incidents, investigating the recovery steps taken in these events that kept them from developing into more severe accidents. She also holds an MSc in Industrial Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri (1995) and an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology (1994).

Lisette’s main area of expertise is that of human factors in safety management, focusing on the fit between human capabilities and the tasks, equipment and environment people interact with. She has worked in research, training and consultancy in a variety of industrial settings across Europe and Australia, including chemical industry, oil and gas, mining, rail transport, and hospital settings.

Currently, Lisette is lecturer at UWA in occupational safety, health and wellbeing and is involved in a Centre for Safety research project investigating effective maintenance work practices in the mining sector.

Download translations of Dr. Kanse's research

Infographic - Compliance: It's more than following the rules!
Conference Poster - Exploring Compliance Behaviours and Effective Maintenance Practices
Conference Poster - Safety Capability

Related Research Projects

Key Papers

Griffin, M. A., Hodkiewicz, M., Dunster, J., Kanse, L., Parkes, K., Finnerty, D., Cordery, J. & Unsworth, K. (2014). A conceptual framework and practical guide for assessing fitness-to-operate in the offshore oil and gas industry. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 68, 156-171.

McDonald, A., Garrigan, B., & Kanse, L. (2007). Confidential Observations of Rail Safety (CORS): An Adaptation of Line Operations Safety Audit. In J.M. Anca Jr. (Ed.), Multimodal Safety Management and Human Factors: Crossing the Borders of Medical, Aviation, Road and Rail Industries (pp. 179-187). London: Ashgate.

Kanse, L., Van der Schaaf, T.W., Vrijland, N.D., & Van Mierlo, H. (2006). Error recovery in a hospital pharmacy. Ergonomics, 49(5&6), 503-516.

Van der Schaaf, T.W., & Kanse, L. (2004). Biases in incident reporting databases: An empirical study in the chemical process industry. Safety Science, 42(1), 57-67.

Kanse, L., & Van der Schaaf, T.W. (2001). Recovery from failures in the chemical process industry. International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics, 5(3), 199-211.