amplification project
nemo project
redistribution project
migration project
risk network


jerry busby

department of management science
lancaster university
la1 4yx

+44 1524 594 447

school webpage see

course webpages MSCI 102:
MSCI 231:
MSCII 282:
MSc in OR:

current grants risk redistribution (EPSRC): contact melissa sedmak or jerry busby
risk migration (Leverhulme): ruth alcock or jerry busby
ubiquitous computing (EPSRC): see project webpage
epidemiology & risk amplification (EPSRC): contact jerry busby

recent publications

Busby JS and SA Bennett (2007). Loss of defensive capacity in protective operations: the implications of the Überlingen and Linate disasters. Journal of Risk Research, 10, 3-27.
Busby JS (2006). Failure to mobilise in reliability-seeking organizations: two cases from the UK railway. Journal of Mana
gement Studies, 43, 1375-1393.
Alcock RE and JS Busby (2006). Risk migration and scientific advance: the case of flame retardant compounds. Risk Analysis, 2, 369-382.
Busby JS and EJ Hughes (2006). Credibility in risk assessment: a normative approach. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 6, 508-527.
Busby JS and RE Hibberd (2006). Organizational artefacts and systemic failure. Le Travail Humain, 69, 25-47.
Busby JS, RE Hibberd, AR Mileham, G Mullineux (2004). Failure modes analysis of organisational artefacts that protect systems. Proc. Inst. Mechanical Engineers Part B, 218, 1211-1215.
Busby JS, PWH Chung and Q Wen (2004). A situational analysis of how barriers to systemic failure are undermined during accident sequences. Journal of Risk Research, 7, 811-826.
Busby JS and EJ Hughes (2004). Projects, pathogens and incubation processes. International Journal of Project Management, 22, 425-434.
Lloyd PA and JS Busby (2003). “Things that went well – no serious deaths or injuries”: ethical reasoning in normal engineering design processes. Science and Engineering Ethics, 9, 503-516.
Busby JS and M Coeckelbergh (2003). The social ascription of obligations to engineers. Science and Engineering Ethics, 9, 363-376.
Busby JS and EJ Hughes (2003). The role of distributed cognition in the causation of accidents. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 4, 36-51.
Busby JS and PWH Chung (2003). In what ways are designers’ and operators’ reasonable-world assumptions not reasonable assumptions? Trans. Inst. Chemical Engineers Part B, 81, 114-120.
Busby JS and EJ Hughes (2003). How plan delegation contributes to systemic failure. Human Systems Management, 22, 13-22.
Busby JS and RE Hibberd (2002). Mutual misconceptions between designers and operators of hazardous systems. Research in Engineering Design, 13, 132-138.
Busby JS (2001). The adaptation failures that underlie error-making in organizational processes. Human Systems Management, 20, 301-312.
Busby JS and J E Strutt (2001). What limits design organisations' ability to predict failure? Proc. Inst. Mechanical Engineers Part B, 215, 1471-1474.
Busby JS (2001). Characterising failures in organised design activity. Proc. Inst. Mechanical Engineers Part B,  215, 1417-1424.
Busby JS (2001). Practices in design concept selection as distributed cognition. Cognition, Technology and Work, 3, 150-160.
Busby JS and JE Strutt (2001). The derivation of hazard criteria from historical knowledge. Journal of Engineering Design, 12, 117-129.