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About Robert Jan de Boer

Dr. Robert Jan de Boer is a lecturer in Safety Management at SDO University of Applied Sciences ( and a management consultant in the field of safety and operational excellence. He studied aerospace engineering (human-machine systems) and obtained his PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering on mental models in 2012. His book titled Safety Leadership: A Different, Doable and Directed Approach to Operational Improvements with a foreword by Sidney Dekker was published in early 2021 (ISBN 9780367652753). He was one of the founders of the successful Restorative Just Culture workshops, which have been given dozens of times to NHS staff in England, and advises the process industry, defence and aviation. He has several publications to his name on Restorative Just Culture.

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Diplomas and Qualifications

•    PhD Cognitive Systems Engineering, TU Delft – May 2012

•    MSc Aerospace Engineering, cum laude, TU Delft – October 1988

•    NIMA B (Market Certification) – May 1992

•    VOL-VCA (Safety) – June 2021

•    Basic Qualification Examination, cito – December 2022

Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society

CRKBO recognised instructor

To publications


•    Director and lecturer safety management, SDO University of Applied Sciences – From 1 August 2021 – present

•    Author and advisor on safety and operations -January 2007-present

•    Director of the Amsterdam Campus, Northumbria University – 13 August 2018 – 31 July 2021

•    Lecturer Aviation Engineering and member MT, Aviation Academy – September 2009 – July 2018

•    Director of Engineering / Head of Program Office, Fokker – January 1999 – December 2006

•    Management Consultant, A.T. Kearney – October 1995 – December 1998

•    (Assistant) Production Manager, Unilever – November 1988 – May 1995

Work Experience

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