Call for papers: Sociotechnical approaches to road safety in low and middle income countries

Call for papers: Special issue of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries on ‘Sociotechnical Approaches to Road Safety in Low and Middle Income Countries’

Guest Editors:
Dr Katherine Plant, Professor Neville Stanton and Dr Rich McIlroy University of Southampton, UK. Contact Katherine Plant
Sociotechnical Approaches to Road Safety in Low and Middle Income Countries

Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) have more than twice as many road traffic fatalities (per head of population) compared to high-income countries. Whilst these countries represent 82% of the global population, they only represent 54% of registered motor vehicles, thus they have a disproportionate number of deaths relative to their level of motorisation (World Health Organisation, 2018).  Traditional road safety research has been characterised by the ‘3 E’s’ of Engineering, Enforcement and Education. Although they have provided guidance to engineers and policy makers, they do not go far enough at providing a holistic and integrated approach to road safety and fail to consider fully the wider system factors that shape road user performance and outcomes.

There is a need to capture the challenges faced in these countries and work within a sociotechnical framework to develop systemic solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of road safety. Going further than then 3 Es is necessary to tackle the issue of road safety and Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) methods and approaches lend themselves to this challenge.

The aim of this special issue is to provide researchers and practitioners with an opportunity to present the latest in research and practice focussed specifically on taking a sociotechnical approach to road safety in a LMIC context (e.g. application of Human Factors methods, evaluations of road safety interventions, cross-country comparisons) and discuss current and future issues. Accordingly, we welcome submissions from all countries, although ideally you will be collaborating with at least one author from a LMIC.

Manuscripts are welcomed on, but not restricted to, the following:
– Data collection and analysis using HFE methods in LMIC settings;
– Development and/or testing of solutions and countermeasures from a sociotechnical systems-based perspective;
– Reviews and critiques of HFE methods applied to road safety in LMIC settings, including lessons learnt and best practice/policy recommendations;
– Application of sociotechnical systems-based road collision analysis methods in LMIC settings;
– Road safety related case studies in LMIC settings;
– HFE studies focussed on mobility as a service and the gig economy in LMIC settings;
– On-road studies of road user behaviour in LMIC settings;
– Design, development and testing of simulator-based research in LMIC settings;
– Cross-cultural comparison studies;
– National and international stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities;
– Commentaries on future requirements for sociotechnical approaches to road safety in LMIC settings;
– Practical issues associated with applying a sociotechnical system approach in LMIC settings;
Inter-disciplinary contributions to sociotechnical approaches to road safety in LMIC settings

Given that the focus of the special issue is on sociotechnical approaches to road safety in LMIC settings, articles do not have to relate specifically to the manufacturing and service industries. We do, however, encourage submissions focussing on HFE and mobility as a service and the gig economy.

1st May 2020, Call for papers distributed; 1st November 2020, Submission deadline 1st March 2021; Authors receive reviewers’ comments 1st June 2021; Revised manuscripts submitted 1st August 2021; Authors receive decision on manuscripts with reviewers’ comments 1st November 2021; Editorial and order of manuscripts passed onto journal administrator January 2022; Special issue published

Instructions for authors
The deadline for receipt of papers is 1st November 2021, with a projected publication date of early 2020.  All papers will be subjected to the standard peer-review procedures of the journal. Potential authors are requested to submit their paper or a summary of it for consideration to Dr Katherine Plant (<>) prior to electronic submission so that it can be checked to ensure its scope and quality is suitable for the special issue.
Following approval, papers should be submitted online via the Wiley online submission site . When specifying ‘Article Type’ authors should select ‘SI: sociotechnical road safety’. Failure to do so will cause the papers to go unrecognised as belonging to the special issue.
Guidelines for authors can also be found on the Human Factors and Ergonomics Manufacturing and Service Industries website