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Vicky Murphy MEng, MA

Research Student

Currently my research interests revolve around organisational and professional learning. My PhD focus is on how companies learn following incidents. Employing a mixed method design the project tries to unpick how the systems companies put in place to distribute information on accidents and incidents results in learning for both individuals and companies. I enjoy both the theoretical aspects of this area of education, but also the chance to conduct research with companies where learning from the past can literally save lives.

One area that fascinates me in social science research is the challenge of using the correct methodological approaches to gain insight into complicated situations. Coming originally from an engineering background I was originally much more quantitatively inclined, but when considering the areas researched in education soon came to appreciate the use of qualitative methods. I'm always eager to try new and innovate methods from either end of the epistemological spectrum.

I have recently also delivered Evidence Cafe workshops with practitioners from migration and ecology. As the final phase of my PhD I'm currently developing a Evidence Cafe style workshop based on my research of learning indicators in energy companies. The aim is to guide companies in thinking how they can evaluate if they're learning as well as continuing developing my own research. I believe it's important for research to translate into practical tools for practitioners.

My teaching experience consists of several years as an English teacher in Japan, facilitating training courses in Google, conducting classes on using Google products at the University of Jyväskylä, and most recently volunteering with the Brilliant Club.

Methodological/Analytical Expertise:

Social network analysis, activity theory, socio-cultural discourse analysis, statistical methods, thematic and content analysis

Software Expertise:

R, NVivo, UCINET, EndNote

Although initially leaning towards a career in engineering, a love of education captured me soon after graduating from Durham University with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering. Initially my experience with education was in a practical capacity, spending four years teaching English in Japan and two years in Google Singapore's HR department working on Learning & Development. Deciding to obtain qualifications to match my professional experience I graduated from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland with a Master's in Education. My most recent pursuits have brought me to The Open University to research Learning From Incidents in the energy sector.





LFIA (Learning from Incidents and Implementing Action) 2016 - 2019


Conference Presentation

18th June 2018

Conference Presentation

18th April 2018

How do you Know if You’re Learning From Incidents?

SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Abu Dhabi, UAE

Conference Presentation

17th April 2018

Where does information on incidents come from?

SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility Abu Dhabi, UAE

Conference Presentation

18th October 2017

The importance of relationships in learning from incidents

Human Factors 2017 Energy Institute, London, UK

Conference Presentation

1st September 2017

Evaluating the impact of learning from incidents

EARLI 2017 The University of Tampere, Finland

Conference Presentation

27th August 2017