Robert J. de Boer MSc PhD (1965) was trained as an aerospace engineer at Delft University of Technology. He majored in man-machine systems and graduated cum laude in 1988 on the thresholds of the vestibular organ. After twenty years experience in line management and consulting (Unilever, A.T. Kearney, Fokker) he changed career to pursue his scientific interest in team collaboration and safety, culminating in a PhD (achieved in May 2012) at the Delft University of Technology.
From 2009 to 2018 Robert was appointed as Professor of Aviation Engineering at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS). In this role he executed research in the field of safety leadership, Human Factors and restorative practice, not just in aviation but across many different industries. Robert is currently the Director of the Amsterdam Campus for Northumbria University, combining this with safety research and a role as Associate at INTERGO (the International Centre for Safety, Ergonomics & Human Factors) in the Netherlands.
Robert has supported the improvement of safety at many organisations across the globe such as OKG (nuclear, Sweden), Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (health care, UK), Shell, BP, ExxonMobile, Neptune (oil & gas industry, global), Luton Airport, Lufthansa Technic, Thai Airways International, KLM, EASA, TUI aviation, the Dutch armed forces, Dutch railways, and the Dutch road authority.?His book titled Safety Leadership: A different, doable and directed approach to operational improvements with a foreword by Sidney Dekker is due to be published this Autumn by CRC press.
Fun fact: I lived in Melbourne, Australia in my youth for a few years.