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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Reliability and resilience

Understanding and considering the interdependency between various work activities that makes up our complex work environments so they are designed and managed to be safer and more resilient.

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Complexity is an increasing aspect of a technologically advanced, digitally-driven and interconnected economies and societies. Research areas include the human-machine interface within complex systems; management and design strategies to increase safety and resilience within these; and detection and management of failure. Advances in these areas will include exploiting opportunities created by faster detection and delivery of smarter systems for the world of work, as well as governance and cultural opportunities to design and manage more resilient systems.

This interdisciplinary theme builds on and accommodates research in many other areas. It links to management studies, psychology and research areas addressing trans-boundary questions of digital-machine-human interfaces or complexity. It considers both the issues of resilience and risk in the systems themselves, as well as identifies and assesses potential interventions. In particular it will consider how a resilient regulatory regime can be designed for complex systems rather than individual components.

Theme leads:

Tackling UK's national security and resilience

Learn how academic's are partnering to conduct research and innovation in support of the UK's national security and resilience.

Building safety network

Read how our Building Safety Network is amplifying interdisciplinary research approaches to building safety, and promoting knowledge exchange across boundaries to address under-explored dimensions of risk, trust, quality, procurement, management, and transparency.

Theme membership

  • David Ling
  • Phoebe Young


  • UoM and Project X contributed to House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - A new UK research funding agency
  • Keeping the UK Building Safely (KUBS) mobilising the resources/capabilities of UoM and HSE science division to help enable UK to build safely at speed – a scoping study
  • Building safety network – EPSRC Network Grant. 
  • Developing a new ‘Ashton module’ on the BEng/MEng Civil Engineering and MSc Construction and Engineering Project Management using the NEBOSH standard.