Massey ergonomics paper nominated for international award 

Kim Martin

Kim Martin, Professor Stephen Legg and Craig Brown’s paper: Designing for sustainability: Ergonomics – carpe diem, has received an editor’s nomination for best paper published in the journal Ergonomics in 2013. The journal is the top-rated international journal of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and their paper is one of only eight shortlisted for the 2014 Liberty Mutual Award.

Craig Brown is a senior tutor specialising in eco-ergonomics, and Stephen Legg is a professor of ergonomics at Massey University. Kim Martin prepared the first draft of the paper for one of her postgraduate papers, micro-macro ergonomics; she graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Ergonomics in 2013. 

Sustainability is a global issue that has worldwide attention, but the role of ergonomics in designing for sustainability is poorly understood and seldom considered. The paper describes a literature review showing that the ergonomics contribution to sustainability is limited, but since there is congruence between the disciplines of sustainability and ergonomics, it calls for ergonomists to become more involved and to seize the day – carpe diem. Read the full text of their paper here

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