Dr Cakil Agnew

Role
Assistant Professor
Section
School of Social Sciences
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S1-03
Cakil Agnew

About

Dr Agnew was awarded her PhD in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen in 2010. Her doctoral research, supervised by Prof Rhona Flin and Dr Kathryn Mearns, examined how staff perceptions related to safety issues are linked to safety behaviours and to the consequences both for the workers and the patients in a healthcare domain.

Following her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Industrial Psychology Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen. Her work here focused on the leadership behaviours of senior charge nurses as team leaders in relation to safety-related outcomes.

Biography

Dr Cakil Agnew is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. Dr Agnew received her PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2010. Following her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Industrial Psychology Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen and she joined Heriot-Watt in 2014.

Her research focuses on the impact of safety culture and leadership on performance at work, in high-risk industries. Dr Agnew has published and presented her work in international journals and conferences. 

Research

Dr Agnew is particularly interested in the impact of safety culture and leadership on performance at work, mainly in high-risk industries. Her work on organisational safety culture and safety leadership has been mostly undertaken in the context of healthcare, transportation, energy generation, aviation and oil and gas industry.

Publications

Agnew, C. & Fruhen L. (2019). The role of safety culture and safety leadership on safety related outcomes in Increasing occupational health and safety in workplaces: Research and practice, Edward Elgar, UK.  

Agnew, C. & Flin, R. (2018). Safety Management: Safety Culture, Safety Leadership and Non-Technical Skills in Human Factors and Ergonomics for the Gulf Cooperation Council: Processes, Technologies and Practices. 

Agnew, C. & Flin, R. (2014). Safety Culture in Practice: Assessment, Evaluation, and Feedback in Patient Safety Culture: Theory, Methods and Application, edited by P. Waterson. Ashgate, UK. 

Agnew, C. & Flin, R. (2014). Senior charge nurses’ leadership behaviours in relation to hospital ward safety: A mixed method study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 

Agnew, C., Flin, R., & Reid, J. (2012) Nurse leadership and patient safety. Editorial. British Medical Journal, 345. 

Agnew, C., Flin, R., & Mearns, K. (2013). Patient safety climate and worker safety behaviours in acute hospitals in Scotland. Journal of Safety Research, 45, 95-101. 

Saraç, Ç, Flin, R, Mearns, K & Jackson, J. (2011). Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: Psychometric analysis on a Scottish sample. Quality and Safety in Healthcare, 20, 842-848. 

Jackson, J., Saraç, Ç, & Flin, R. (2010). Measuring safety climate: Utility of attitudinal surveys. Current Opinion in Critical Care,16, 632-638. 

Flin, R., Jackson, J., Saraç, Ç. & Raduma, M. (2009). Human factors in patient safety: Review of topics and tools. Report to WHO, Geneva.