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Justin Okoli

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I started my PhD in October 2011, supervised by Dr. John Watt and Dr. Gordon Weller. and successfully defended my thesis in November 2015. I remain an active member of the Centre.

Prior to my PhD I completed my Masters Degree at Coventry University in Disaster Management, where I currently lecture part-time. I also hold a post graduate certificate in Risk Management from Middlesex University, and am certified as a home safety advisor with the West Midlands Fire Service, where I have been volunteering for the casualty and simulation group since 2012.

I have recently gained the status of fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research vision

My current research is mainly concerned with investigating the decision making strategies used by experienced commanders when solving complex tasks in dynamic, high-staked and volatile environments. In my Doctorate study I employed cognitive task analysis (CTA) and critical decision method (CDM) as knowledge elicitation tool to better understand how experienced firefighters made critical decisions, using the elicited expert knowledge derived from as basis for identifying training requirements for novices. My research interest includes decision psychology, dynamic risk assessment, crisis and safety management, human factors, organizational learning, instructional design and research methods. Communicating my research output has always been key priority for me. I have presented my research at several local and international conferences as well as published them in peer reviewed journal articles (details).

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