Researcher biography

Philippa is completing her PhD in incident investigation. 

Philippa previously worked as a Human Factors Principle Advisor at the Department of Transport and Main Roads's Rail Safety Regulation Branch (RSRB), where she was responsible for conducting human factors and safeworking audits, assessing the quality and thoroughness of industry investigation reports, providing human factors recommendations to industry projects, and engaging with industry bodies (e.g., Rail Human Factors Professional Group, Fatigue Advisory Implementation Group, etc).

Additionally, Philippa's industry experience includes time as a Senior Transport Safety Investigator responsible for leading incident investigation teams and providing team member support for matters involving human factors analyses, and providing human factors investigatory skills across the transport modes of rail, aviation, and marine. She has also presented at the ATSB Human Factors for Investigators training program.

Research Interests

Incident Investigation and Analysis:

  • Improving incident investigation practices in industry by conducting training in Incident Investigation and Analysis with senior management and employees tasked with incident investigation activities.
  • Providing feedback to companies in the resource industry by conducting reviews of their Incident Investigation policies and procedures.
  • Providing reviews of incident investigation reports conducted in the resource industries with particular focus on report structure / investigation process and assessment of control effectiveness.
  • Undertaking research into how to enhance the resource industries ability to learn from incidents and accidents. The outputs and processes associated with incident investigation practices are essential to understanding the opportunities and vulnerabilities of work practices associated with unwanted events. There is a gap in the current body of learning from incidents research that takes into account the practitioners’ perspective.
  • Enhancing our understanding of the roles Human Factors and Critical Decision Making has on incident development throughout all layers of the organisation.
  • Undertaking research in the identification and development of critical controls that focus on people and the systems within which they interact.


  • PhD Minerals Industry Safety & Health Centre (Sustainable Minerals Institute) – currently undertaking - The University of Queensland
  • Master of Organisational Psychology – 2002 - The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors) 1996-1999 - The University of Queensland
  • Certificate IV Occupational Health and Safety 2011 - Inspire Education
  • Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation 2009 - Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • ATSB Human Factors for Transport Safety Investigators 2003 - Australian Transport Safety Bureau


  • Dodshon, P., & Hassall, M. (2016). Incorporation of Human and Organizational Factors in Incident Investigation Processes – The Practitioners Perspective. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 60(1), 1681–1685. DOI: 10.1177/1541931213601387
  • Dodshon, P., & Hassall, M. (2017). Practitioners’ perspectives on incident investigations. Safety Science, 93, 187-198. DOI:  10.1016/j.ssci.2016.12.005.
  • Dodshon, P., & Burgess-Limerick, R. (2015). Application of the Bow Tie Analysis technique to enhancing the identification of risk controls during accident investigation activities. 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 9-14 August 2015. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Ergonomics Society of Australia.