Roel van Winsen is a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at Lund University’s Centre for Risk Assessment and Management, Sweden. In this role he works as an online-teacher and visiting-lecturer in the Human Factors and System Safety Master’s program at Lund University’s Leonardo da Vinci Laboratory for Complexity and Systems Thinking. He is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Humanities at Griffith University, Australia. He is also affiliated with the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University. He holds a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Factors and System Safety from Lund University. After completing his graduate studies, he worked as air traffic controller (in training) for two years at ATC The Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport. With some operational experience in a safety-critical industry he returned to academia to engage with human factors and safety science from a critical-sociological perspective.
Roel’s current research takes a Foucauldian archaea-genealogical perspective to study particular discursive objects and practices of the human factors and safety discourse. In taking social science objects as contingent artefacts of discursive practices, his research tries to sketch the historical ‘conditions of possibility’ for the emergence of particular objects—such as ‘human error’, ‘situation awareness’, or ‘incident reporting’— as well as ask questions about the effects of these discursive practices, in terms of power relations and subjectivity, on contemporary safety thinking.