Post Normal Accident: Revisiting Perrow’s classic

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Dr. Jean-Christophe Le Coze, Ph.D.

Head of Research, Ineris – French National Institute of Environmental Safety 

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In this presentation, Jean-Christophe introduces the book Post Normal Accident. Revisiting Perrow’s classic (CRC Taylor & Francis, 2021). This book examines the conceptual and empirical evolutions of the past two to three decades to explore their implications for safety management based on several strands of works in various research traditions in safety (e.g. cognitive engineering and system safety, high-reliability organisation, sociology of safety, regulatory studies) and other interdisciplinary fields (e.g. international business, globalisation studies, strategy management, ecology). It offers a new interpretation to the challenges of today. It investigates how globalisation has reconfigured the operating landscape of high-risk systems and emphasises the importance of thinking safety through a strategic and global angles. Published before the Covid-19 crisis and the investigations of the Boeing 737 Max, the presentation will indicate how the book provides lenses to interpret these events.


Dr. Jean-Christophe Le Coze is a safety researcher (Ph.D., Mines de Paris) with an interdisciplinary background, including in engineering and the social sciences. He works at INERIS, the French national institute for environmental safety where he leads a program on sociotechnical risks. His activities combine ethnographic studies and action research in various safety-critical systems, with an empirical, theoretical, historical, visual and epistemological orientation. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles and is an associate editor of the journal Safety Science.