Chris Bearman's research involves conducting industry-focused studies in laboratory and field settings with the aim of creating results that have both a strong theoretical underpinning and a robust application to industry. This involves working closely with industry partners and government organizations around the world. Chris also supervises a number of PhD, Masters & Honours students in the Safety Science and Human Factors areas.
How can incident management teams function to the best of their ability in challenging and high stakes environments? This research has developed practical techniques and strategies to help emergency managers to function in complex situations – situations which can exert extreme pressures on response and management teams, sometimes causing breakdowns in teamwork that can lead to impaired operational response.
Two tools have been developed, the Emergency Management Breakdown Aide Memoire and the Team Process Checklist. The tools’ flexibility and ease of use helps emergency managers to strengthen teamwork before, during and after emergencies. The tools can be used during training, during emergencies, and in after-action reviews. Agencies that are already trialling these techniques include the South Australian Country Fire Service, Tasmania Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service.
|CRC Project||Improving decision-making in complex multi-team environments||Benjamin Brooks, Christine Owen, Steven Curnin, Chris Bearman, Sophia Rainbird|
|Commissioned Research||2014 South Australia post-incident task force||Josh Trigg, Sophia Rainbird, Chris Bearman, Lyndsey Wright, Jim McLennan|
|Commissioned Research||2015 Sampson Flat SA post-incident task force||Chris Bearman, Amy Reynolds, Larissa Clarkson, Raymond Matthews, Laura Haigh, Drew Dawson|