My names Matthew Webster and I’m a PhD student at Southampton University, I spent the past four years at Loughborough University completing a BSc (hons) in Ergonomics Human Factors, followed by a PG Diploma in Human Factors for Inclusive Design.
My project is Applying a sociotechnical systems approach to improve cycling safety and increase cycling participation. By treating cycling as a system and looking at cycling from different angles including social, technical, hardware and organisational aspect, it hopes to identify and improve road safety for cyclists.
I myself am currently an Elite cyclist in the UK, competing nationally and internationally, therefore this project is of both an interest and of relevance to me. Therefore, my experience and knowledge for both sport and academia will strengthen the PhD in exploring ways to increase safety and increase participation for cyclists.