Professor Maureen Hassall

Professorial Research Fellow and Ce

Sustainable Minerals Institute

Centre Director of Minerals Industr

Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre
Sustainable Minerals Institute
+61 7 334 64081


Maureen Hassall is Professor and Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute's Industrial Safety and Health Centre at the University of Queensland. Her expertises crosses the fields of industrial risk management, safety engineering and human factors. Maureen works collaboratively with industry professionals to develop better human-centred risk management and safety engineering approaches that improve companies’ operational performance and competitiveness. Maureen also develops and delivers process safety, systems safety engineering, risk management and human factors training, education and expert advice to students and to industry. Her industry-focused research is motivated by 18 years of industry experience working in a number of different countries and in a variety of roles including specialist engineering, line management, organisational change and business performance improvement roles.

Research Interests

  • Risk management
    Creating whole-of-systems risk management approaches to deliver sustainable operational excellence. Exploring Industry 4.0 advancements to help humans identify, and address the range of contemporary and emerging risks that can impact the operational competitiveness of an organisation. Developing evidence-based data analytics and leading indicators to produce and communicate intelligent insights that facilitate proactive and effective management and governance of critical operational risks.
  • Safety Engineering
    Developing and testing innovations in socio-technical systems-based approaches that integrate inherently safe design, risk controls, high reliability and operational resilience philosophies to improve the safety, integrity, reliability,and overall performance of industrial systems.
  • Human factors
    Developing and applying innovative, impactful and user-centred approaches that improve the design of work systems to better support industry practitioners decision making processes so they more effectively and successfully manage high hazard and safety critical systems.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2023) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Rybak, Nikodem and Hassall, Maureen (2023). Machine learning-enhanced text mining as a support tool for research on climate change : theoretical and technical considerations. 5G, artificial intelligence, and next generation internet of things. (pp. 86-122) edited by Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos and Xi Zhang. Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-6684-8634-4.ch004

  • Lilburne, Christopher M. and Hassall, Maureen E. (2023). Deciphering the knowledge used by frontline workers in abnormal situations. Ergonomic insights: successes and failures of work design. (pp. 127-139) edited by Nektarios Karanikas and Sara Pazell. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781003349976-11

  • Hassall, Maureen and Lant, Paul (2023). Fundamentals of risk management. Fundamentals of Risk Management for Process Industry Engineers. (pp. 19-39) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-820320-0.00012-x

  • Hassall, Maureen E. (2023). SAfER way to design work. Ergonomic insights: successes and failures of work design. (pp. 253-272) edited by Nektarios Karanikas and Sara Pazell. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781003349976-21

  • Rybak, Nikodem and Hassall, Maureen (2022). Machine learning enhanced decision-making: applications of Industry 4.0. Handbook of smart materials, technologies, and devices. (pp. 477-517) edited by Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Paolo Di Sia. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-84205-5_20

  • Lee, John, Cameron, Ian and Hassall, Maureen (2020). Managing process safety and operational risks with Industry 4.0 technologies. Handbook of smart materials, technologies, and devices: applications of Industry 4.0. (pp. 1-27) edited by Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain and Paolo Di Sia. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-58675-1_54-1

  • Logrosa, Gernelyn, Hassall, Maureen, Cliff, David and Bofinger, Carmel (2018). Is it possible to integrate health and safety risk management into mechanised gold processing? a methodology for artisanal and small-scale mining communities in the Philippines. Between the plough and the pick: Informal, artisanal and small-scale mining in the contemporary world. (pp. 193-208) edited by Lahiri-Dutt, Kuntala. Acton ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/BPP.03.2018

  • Hassall, Maureen, Xiao, Tania, Sanderson, Penelope and Neal, Andrew (2015). Human factors and ergonomics. International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. (pp. 297-305) edited by James D. Wright. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.22025-4

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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