Research and Development Agenda for Learning from Incidents

Anoush Margaryan, Allison Littlejohn, Neville A. Stanton

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This paper outlines a research and development agenda for the nascent field of Learning from Incidents (LFI). Effective, deep and lasting learning from incidents is critical for the safety of employees, the general public and environmental protection. The paper is an output of an international seminar series ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning from Incidents’ funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2013–2016 The seminar series brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers from a range of disciplines and sectors to advance the theory, methodology, organisational practice and policy in LFI. Drawing on a range of disciplinary and sectoral perspectives, as well as on input from practitioners and policymakers, this paper lays out four key research and development challenges: defining LFI; measuring LFI; levels and factors of LFI; and strengthening research-practice nexus in LFI.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSafety Science
Issue numberPart A
Pages (from-to)5–13
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Learning from incidents
  • Learning from accidents
  • Learning from near-misses
  • Organisational learning
  • Adult learning
  • Workplace learning

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