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Associate Professor Andrew Gilbey PhD, BSc

Associate Professor

Doctoral Mentor Supervisor
School of Aviation

I have been with the School of Aviation since 2005. I have a BSc(Hons) and a PhD, both in Psychology (Plymouth and Warwick, respectively). Much of my research is in applied aviation psychology (e.g., pilot decision-making), although occasionally I collaborate with researchers on other projects of interest. A large part of my research is experimental and uses primary data, although I also have experience of systematic review methodology (I have been lead author on 3 systematic reviews and supervised several student's systematic reviews).  

My research has been featured in the British Psychological Society's Digest and I've been written about in newspapers such as the Independent (UK) and the HR website HRZone; I have also commented in various national and international newspaper articles.

In addition to supervising PhDs (9 completed so far), I have supervised 12 Master’s theses; currently I am supervising 3 PhDs.

I won the College of Business Supervisor's Award (2014) and Massey University's Research Translation Competition (2016).

I am keen to supervise further PhD theses, particularly those in the area of decison making in aviation, an area in which I have several publications. For potential candidates who have a high GPA, there is the possibility of gaining a Massey PhD scholarship.

Andrew has a BSc(Hons) (Plymouth) and a PhD (Warwick) in Psychology. Much of his research is in applied aviation psychology. His research has been featured in the British Psychological Society's Digest and has been mentioned in many media outlets.

He has supervised  to completion 9 PhDs and 12 Master’s theses.

Andrew won the College of Business Supervisor's Award (2014) and the Research Translation Competition (2016).

He is an associate editor for The International Journal of Aerospace Psychology and, until it was discontinued, an international editor for FACT.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 0064 6 356 9099 x84212
    Location: 1.17, Massey University Aviation Center
    Campus: Massey University Aviation Campus


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Warwick (2004)
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Plymouth (1999)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Mentor Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My primary areas of interest are aviation decision-making, general aviation psychology, underreporting of safety issues, mild-hypoxia.

I am always keen to consider collaborations or postgraduate supervision in these areas.

When time allows, I also conduct research in health, CAM, companion animals studies, and loneliness.


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Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000)


Psychology, Aviation, Systematic Reviews, Decision-making, Research methods, Companion animal studies, Loneliness

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Recipient of the College of Business Supervisor's award, 2014.

Courses Coordinated

Graduate Supervision Statement

My style of supervsion will vary according to an individual student's requirements and level of progress. Generally, I am neither highly directive nor completely hands-off; somewhere in between best describes the approach I personally find most comfortable. That said, I will tend slightly more toward being directive in the early and the latter stages of supervison and slightly more towards hands-off in the middle. From postgraduate students, for the most part, I hope to see high levels of self-motivation and a passion for study. I will be the person on stage clapping the loudest when you graudate!

Associate Professor Andrew Gilbey is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 0 3
Co-supervisor 2 5

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Vinolia Salesi - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating the main challenges affecting aviation growth in the South Pacific Region
  • Isaac Henderson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Rethinking the Brand Concept for Air Transportation

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Martina Daskova - Doctor of Philosophy
    Language switching in aviation
  • 2016 - Stephen Walmsley - Doctor of Philosophy
    Flights into Deteriorating Weather Conditions: Investigating Cognitive Biases in Weather-Related Decision Making
  • 2010 - Kawtar Tani - Doctor of Philosophy
    Under-reporting in aviation: An investigation of factors that affect reporting of safety concerns

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Bo Lin - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Effects of Joining a Strategic Alliance Group on Airline Efficiency, Productivity and Profitability
  • 2014 - Savern Reweti - Doctor of Philosophy
    PC-based aviation training devices for pilot training in visual flight rules procedures: Development, validation and effectiveness
  • 2012 - Wai Tsui - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating Hong Kong's Role as the Main Air Transport Hub in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • 2012 - David Lyon - Doctor of Philosophy
    The development and performance of airports in New Zealand as commercial entitites
  • 2008 - Ritchie De Montalk - Doctor of Philosophy
    Developing proficiency in air transport pilots: The case for the introduction of non-technical skills in basic pilot training programmes

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