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Sarah Wanner

BA, BA(Hons), PhD
Senior Lecturer - Aviation Accident Investigation
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Adelaide
Appleton Institute - Ground Floor
About Me

I have over 15 years experience at universities in Australia and overseas at senior academic levels in various academic disciplines including Sociology, Political Science and International Development.

I have over a decade in the aviation industry working for a major Australian aviation company and airline as an Air Safety Investigator, Aviation Auditor and Human Factors Specialist.

I focus on teaching in the areas of accident models and accident analysis, and the various investigation frameworks that characterise the transport domains of aviation, rail, road and industry.

My primary research fields are in the field of accident investigation and the implementation of safer operations in General Aviation, and also the impact of aviation operations on environmental sustainability.

Specialties: Safety Science, Accident Forensics, Air Safety Investigation, Aviation Auditing, Aviation Human Factors Training and Development, Environmental Sustainability in Transport Opertations.

General
Background

I have over 15 years experience at universities in Australia and overseas at senior academic levels in various academic disciplines including Sociology, Political Science and International Development.

I have over a decade in the aviation industry working for a major Australian aviation company and airline as an Air Safety Investigator, Aviation Auditor and Human Factors Specialist.

Universities Studied At

Flinders University of South Australia

Central Queensland University

Universities Worked At

Flinders University of South Australia

Yeditepe University, Istanbul Turkey

Central Queensland University

Awards

Graduate Certificate in Accident Phenomenology, Central Queensland University

PhD in Social Sciences, Flinders University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) First Class, Flinders University

Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE), TAFE SA

Certificate IV in Frontline Management, TAFE SA

QMS Lead Auditor, Lloyd's Register

Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Flinders University

Research Fellow, Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, People's Republic of China

Chancellor's Letter of Comendation, Flinders University

Previous teaching

Flinders University of South Australia: Lecturer A

  • International Relations
  • The Politics of Third World States
  • Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region

Yeditepe University: Assistant Professor

  • Contemporary Political Sociology
  • Research Methods
  • Research and Reading in Sociological Theory
  • Governance, Public Policy and Civil Society

Professional Experience

Air Safety Investigator

Non-Technical Skills and Human Factors Trainer

Manager Human Factors

Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor

Key Achievements

Development of face to face and online Human Factors and Non-Technical Skills training programs for flight crew, cabin crew, ground operations and aircraft maintenance engineers.

Development of CASA approved Human Factors and Non-Technical Skills operations manual.

Development of training programs for Human Factors and Non-Technical Skills trainers and facilitators.

Development of Air Safety Investigation procedures.

Re-development of Aviation Quality Database (AQD) coding for investigations.

Industry Reports

Numerous aviation investigation reports in the areas of flight operations, ground operations and aircraft maintenance engineering.

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Education Systems
  • Political Science
  • Transportation and Freight Services
  • Sociology

At the level of Associate Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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