Miranda Cornelissen

Miranda Cornelissen

Miranda Cornelissen

What made you want to study with MUARC?

I wanted to move to Australia and MUARC specialised in human factors and accident research (2 of my main interests).

How was your experience studying with MUARC, and would you recommend it to prospective PhD candidates?

I really enjoyed working with some of the leading academics during my PhD as well as being part of the wider Monash community interacting with other students and academics and playing hockey.

Can you please tell us a bit about what your thesis was about and what you found?

Varying performance leads to both safety and accidents, however, the underlying dynamics are unclear. During my PhD candidature I developed, applied and evaluated a Cognitive Work Analysis based method for modelling performance variability. Applications in road transport provided an understanding of performance variability for four different road user groups and their interaction with each other, vehicles, the environment and infrastructure. Evaluation of a traditional Melbourne intersection and a future intersection design concept demonstrated how the method is able to provide a low cost and useful desk top evaluation of performance variability for different road user groups in different road transport designs. Results indicated how safe and potentially unsafe behaviours are induced by intersection designs. Application of this method supports safe system applications in road transport and other complex sociotechnical systems.

How do you think you’ll remember your time studying with MUARC?

Very fondly. It was an ideal combination of really getting stuck into a topic I am passionate about but also ensuring the PhD had an applied angle and value for industry.

Can you please tell us about where your career has taken you post-graduation?

I have had a lecturer job and since then have taken on research/analyst/investigator jobs in state and federal government agencies in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and now I am back in Melbourne.

How have your studies with MUARC helped you in your career?

The critical thinking, problem solving, research and analysis skills set me up for a variety of careers. The applied nature of my PhD has helped build the connection with jobs outside of academia. I continue to build on the translational skills to make sure that the knowledge and skills are accessible to a wider audience while also ensuring that government policy and initiatives are evidence based.