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who we are

We are a research team of the University of Bologna, specialized in the application of psychology to risk and safety. The team has been working since 2004 and is carrying out several research projects in different fields.

Luca Pietrantoni

Luca Pietrantoni

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Coordinator of the research team.

Luca Pietrantoni is an Associate Professor at the University of Bologna. He is the coordinator of the EU-funded project XCYCLE and the director of Second cycle degree in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology at the University of Bologna (Italy). His main research interests and areas of intervention include human factors in transport, human-machine interface, and psychosocial dimensions of safety and risk. He has published in international academic journals, such as Accident Analysis & Prevention, Risk Analysis e Frontiers in Psychology.

Bruna Zani

Bruna Zani

Full Professor

Bruna Zani is Full Professor of Social Psychology at University of Bologna. Her research interests are mainly focused on Risk Perception and Risk Communication with a special focus on community responses (e.g., public engagement).

Marco Depolo

Marco Depolo

Full Professor

Marco Depolo is Full Professor at University of Bologna. From 2009 to 2015 he has been coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology (University of Bologna) and he's author of several scientific papers and communications in scientific international congresses. His research interests concern Safety Climate, Injury Prevention and Organisational processes in high risk organisations.

Marco De Angelis

Marco De Angelis

PhD student


Marco De Angelis is currently a PhD student at the University of Bologna. Graduated in Work and Organizational Psychology, he has been engaged since 2012 with both academic lectures in the University and consulting activities for professionals, especially in health care organizational contexts where he developed his individual skills within the areas of several thematics such as inter-organizational management groups, organizational wellness and change, risk perception, psychosocial risk management and development of non-technical skills.

His further research interests and main areas of intervention concern the socio-cultural impact in the transportation field with a special attention to the determinants of sustainable mobility. He is further engaged in the investigation of trust and its role in the acceptance process of new technologies with high levels of automation (HMI) and in exploring the behavioral adaptation outcomes, right after the implementation of a safety-based intervention.

Federico Fraboni

Federico Fraboni

Research assistant

Federico Fraboni holds a Masters' degree in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology. He provided teaching activities on “non-technical” skills for emergency workers and he has been trained in emergency risk management. He is currently teaching "Social Psychology" at the University of Bologna, in the Masters' Degree of Sciences and Techniques of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activity. His main research interests and areas of intervention regard in acceptability and users' behavioural adaptation of new technologies, human-machine interfaces, and risky behaviours.

Gabriele Prati

Gabriele Prati

Researcher

Gabriele Prati is a Researcher and Assistant Professors at the University of Bologna. He has a wide experience in teaching and providing consultancy about non-technical skills in critical environments. He looks back on more than 10 years of experience as a researcher, as well as more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests and area of intervention concern accident analysis, risk perception, and psychosocial determinants of behavior. 

Víctor Marín Puchades

Víctor Marín Puchades

Research assistant

Víctor Marín Puchades obtained his MSc in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology by the University of Barcelona and the University of Bologna. He has experience in Management Consultancy and as a Human Factors researcher. His research and intervention interests concern occupational health, teamwork, and data analysis.