- Associate Professor Nektarios Karanikas
- Associate Professor in Health, Safety and Environment
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
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IHBI Public Health and Social Work - IPTM
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- Interdisciplinary Engineering, Public Health and Health Services, Other Psychology and Cognitive Science
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safety management, safety performance, risk management, risk analysis, human factors, safety culture, quality management
Dr Nektarios Karanikas is Associate Professor in the Health, Safety and Environment Discipline at the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health. He was awarded his doctorate in Safety and Quality Management from Middlesex University (UK) following his research on the transformation of a safety program of a large and complex organisation into an operational safety management system based on established standards, quality and change management principles and design and employment of new performance indicators. A/Prof N. Karanikas also holds an MSc in Human Factors & Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University (UK) where his thesis focused on the detection of human factors issues through the analysis of maintenance records. He graduated from the Hellenic Air Force Academy (GR) as an aeronautical engineer and worked as an officer in the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) for more than 18 years before he resigned at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 2014.
While in the HAF, A/Prof Karanikas served in various positions related to maintenance and quality management and accident prevention and investigations, and he was lecturer and instructor for safety and human factors courses the majority of which he designed or substantially revised. In addition to the application of quality and project management approaches and skills during his service as an engineer, his active and intense engagement into safety management activities of the HAF included the completion of shorter and longer safety projects focusing on organisation-wide interventions and the promotion of a mature safety culture supported by effective strategies for proactive, predictive and reactive safety management.
In his previous appointment as Associate Professor of Safety & Human Factors in the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (NL), Nektarios undertook the design, delivery and continuous evaluation of relevant courses across the whole Bachelor curriculum, supervised students conducting their research projects during their placement at various companies, delivered in-house and public masterclasses in safety, risk and investigation management, and led a 4-years co-funded project about Aviation Safety Metrics with the contribution of more than 40 partners as well as smaller contract research and consultancy projects with a total budget of 930,000 EUR. A/Prof Karanikas willingness to bring closer academia and industry led to his initiative to launch in 2016 the International Cross-industry Safety Conference, which is run annually since then.
A/Prof Karanikas holds engineering, occupational health & safety, human factors and project management professional qualifications and has been an active member of various prestigious international and regional associations. He has published numerous academic journal articles, including papers in top-tier safety journals such as Safety Science and Risk Analysis, peer-reviewed conference papers and book chapters and has been invited to speak at more than 25 international and regional summits and workshops. He is a member of editorial boards and a regular reviewer of safety, human factors and aerospace-related journals, and he volunteers in various activities of professional bodies.
During his professional and academic career, A/Prof Karanikas has employed a multitude of methodologies and different population samples including documentation analysis from different organisational levels, analysis of historical records, administration of surveys and conduction of interviews with the participation of managers and employees from different locations, job functions and levels as well as diverse demographics and cultural backgrounds. He has demonstrable experience in quantitative data analysis through statistical tests as well as the processing of qualitative data through thematic analysis. A/Prof Karanikas ability to synthesise data and information from various sources has led to insightful findings for organisations as well as contextualised and feasible roadmaps to develop holistic and operational solutions for safety.
Keywords: safety management, risk management, human factors, ergonomics, project management
Associate Professor Karanikas is currently the course coordinator for the PostGrad Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety (PU65) and a member of the Learning & Teaching Committee of the School of Public Health & Social Work.
He also coordinates the Units PUN500 (Occupational Health & Safety Management), PUP250 (Toxicology & Occupational Hygiene), PUP116 (Human Factors & Ergonomics) and PUN301 (Occupational Health & Safety Law & Policy). Furthermore, he supervises students in their capstone projects of Unit HLN703.
A/Prof Karanikas is interested in supervising HDR in the following areas:
Funded & Contract Research/Projects and Consultancy
- 2020 Contract Research: Literature Review on Parameters Related to Work-From-Home (WFH) Arrangements, Report Commissioned by Queensland Council of Unions, QUT, Australia (9,991 AUD).
- 2020 Human Factors/Ergonomics professional development course, QUT, Australia (3,500 AUD)
- 2020 Safety Risk Management courses, Aegean Airlines, Greece (35,905 AUD)
- 2020 Advanced Safety Risk Management masterclass, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (8,640 AUD).
- 2019 Safety Management Systems courses, Aegean Airlines, Greece (20.000 EUR)
- 2019 Safety Incident Investigations course, NetJets Europe, Portugal (9.000 EUR)
- 2015-2019 RAAK PRO Funded Project: Measuring Safety in Aviation, Project S10931, Aviation Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (700.000 EUR)
- 2018 Contract Research: Safety Culture at Thai International Airways, Project S.0109.0113, Aviation Academy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (80.000 EUR)
- 2015 Contract Research: Prerequisites for Safety Culture Development, Project X10910/B, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Aviation Academy, Netherlands (30.000 EUR)
- 2014 Contract Research: Effectiveness of Safety Investigations and Recommendations Generation, Project X10910/A, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Aviation Academy, Netherlands (50.000 EUR)
Invited Talks (see Publications/Conference Items)
- Karanikas, N. (2021). Is it time to hold, look back and reconcile? 30 March 2021, Lloyd’s Register Foundation Evidence & Insight blog
- Karanikas, N. (2021). Four key points to consider for workplace safety, 3 February 2021, QUTeX blog
- Karanikas, N. (2020). Safety Insights: Success and Failure Stories of Practitioners, 8 October 2020, QUTeX blog
- Karanikas, N. (2020). How to balance systematic management and systems thinking, 9 June 2020, Australian Institute of Health & Safety
- Karanikas, N. (2015). Germanwings crashed flight: More investigation is needed before definite conclusions, 28 March 2015, Matisak Blog, Slovakia, Web
- Karanikas, N. (2015). Better, faster, cheaper. TEDx Youth talk.
- Karanikas, N. (2015). You next flight will be safe. But…, 25 March 2015, Matisak Blog, Slovakia, Web
Not Publicly Available Projects/Technical Reports (for published reports see Publications/Report)
- EASA (2016). Participation in the experts group for developing the Management System Assessment Tool, published in 2017 by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
- Karanikas, N., Soltani, P., de Boer, R. J., Roelen, A., & Dekker, S. (2015), Prerequisites for Safety Culture Development, Technical Report X10910/B, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Aviation Academy, Netherlands.
- Karanikas, N., Soltani, P., de Boer, R. J., Roelen, A., Dekker, S. & Stoop, J. (2015), Effectiveness of Safety Investigations and Recommendations Generation, Technical Report X10910/A, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Aviation Academy, Netherlands.
- Revision of Accidents Prevention Regulation, October 2013 – December 2013. Hellenic Air Force (Greece).
- Revision of Safety Investigations and Emergency Response Regulation, February 2014 – June 2014. Hellenic Air Force (Greece).
- Handbook for Technical Risk Assessment, October 2011 – July 2014. Hellenic Air Force (Greece).
- Return to service of 2 long-time grounded aircraft (November 2011 – February 2012, December 2012 – March 2013). Hellenic Air Force (Greece).
- Safety Risk Management Policy development, November 2008 – March 2009. Hellenic Air Force (Greece).
- Revision of Safety Investigations and Emergency Response Regulation, January 2011 – August 2011. Hellenic Air Force (Greece).
Reviewer/Advisory Board Member/ Guest Editor (see ReseacherID for detailed contributions)
▪ Member of the editorial/advisory board and reviewer of the journals: Safety Science, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, International Journal of Aerospace Psychology.
▪ Guest co-editor for the special issue “Methodologies for the Analysis and Prevention of Aviation Safety Occurrences” in the Journal of Advanced Transportation (Hindawi).
▪ Reviewer for the journals: International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Ergonomics, Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, IEEE Access, International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Health Expectations, International Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Aerospace, Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Safety & Reliability Journal, Sustainability, Energies, International Journal of Aviation Management, The Aeronautical Journal, Robotics, Safety, Plos One, SN Applied Sciences, Safety & Health at Work, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Frontiers in Psychology, Entropy, Risk Analysis.
Other/Voluntary Scientific Activities
▪ Associate Editor for Safety Science (since April 2021).
▪ Co-editor and reviewer of the Proceedings of the:
▫ 3rd International Cross-industry Safety Conference, published in the MATEC Web of Conferences, 2019, 273.
▫ 6th European STAMP Workshop & Conference, published in the MATEC Web of Conferences, 2019, 273.
▫ 2nd International Cross-industry Safety Conference, published in the AUP Advances, 2018, 1 (1).
▫ 1st International Cross-industry Safety Conference, published in Journal of Safety Studies, 2016, 2(2).
▫ 3rd European STAMP Workshop, published in Procedia Engineering, 2015, 128(1).
▪ Assessor/reviewer of research proposals for the European Partnership Agreement for the Development Framework 2014-2020.
▪ Chair of Program Committees/ Sessions and chair/member of the Organizing Committees for the:
▫ 3rd International Cross-industry Conference – ICSC (Amsterdam 31 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2018)
▫ 6th European STAMP Workshop & Conference – ESWC (Amsterdam 31 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2018)
▫ 2nd International Cross-industry Conference – ICSC (Amsterdam 1-3 Nov. 2017)
▫ 1st International Cross-industry Conference – ICSC (Amsterdam 3-4 Nov. 2016)
▫ 3rd European STAMP Workshop (Amsterdam 5-6 Oct. 2015).
▪ Chair of conference sessions:
▫ Session 2, 5th European STAM Workshop, 13-15/9/2017, Reykjavik, Iceland.
▫ Human Factors in Design 2, 32nd Conference of the European Association for Aviation Psychology, 26-30/9/2016, Cascais, Portugal.
▫ Session No 97 Safety Management & Human Factors III, 7th International Conference in Applied Human Factors & Ergonomics (AHFE), 27-31/7/2016, Orlando, FL.
▪ Member of Technical Reviewing Committees for the:
▫ 4th International Cross-industry Safety Conference – ICSC (9-11 Oct. 2019, Amsterdam).
▫ 7th European STAMP Workshop & Conference – ESWC (18-20 Sep. 2019, Helsinki).
▫ 5th European STAMP Workshop (13-15 September 2017, Reykjavik).
▫ 11th International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security (11-13 Oct. 2016, London)
▫ 4th European STAMP Workshop (13-15 Sep. 2016, Zurich).
▫ 10th International Conference on System Safety and Cyber Security (20-22 Oct. 2015, Bristol).
Other/Voluntary Professional Activities
- Institute of Occupational Safety & Health – Committee member of the Aviation & Aerospace group (since March 2021).
- Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Australia – Queensland Branch committee member, responsible for professional development (since November 2019).
- European Aviation Safety Agency – EASA: independent expert in the field of Safety Management (since January 2016).
Previous Memberships & Voluntary Work
- Flight Safety Foundation Member (January 2014 – December 2019) (www.flightsafety.org).
Institution of Engineering and Technology Member (ID 1100327961) (January 2014 – December 2019) (www.theiet.org).
- Member of the Executive Committee at the IET Aerospace Network (December 2014 – May 2019).
- Member of the Executive Committee at the IET System Safety Engineering (September 2017 – May 2019).
- European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (ID 8213), May 2017 – April 2019 (www.eawop.org).
- NATO Flight Safety Panel national representative of the Hellenic Air Force (2009-2011).
- Air Force Flight Safety Committee (Europe) national representative of the Hellenic Air Force (2009-2011).
For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.