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A current research programme examines the contribution that ergonomics can make to implementing successful sustainable development and corporate social responsibility programmes. The Centre’s perspective is that ergonomics principles and methods are directly relevant to the furtherance of sustainable development goals. Ergonomics successfully deals with complex sociotechnical systems and integrates the human and other components for an overall optimised system. Ultimately, human activity is the cause of unsustainability. Since human wellbeing is a central purpose of sustainable development, ergonomics, which exists to optimise human well-being and optimise human-system performance (including the design of successful human-system interfaces), has much to offer in the transition to sustainability. Recent research has looked at computer recycling ergonomics, the implementation and implications of different waste management and recycling systems, designing the built environment for the needs of people and the planet and using human factors and ergonomics as a method for achieving business sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016