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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Synergies between ergoecology and green ergonomics: a contribution towards a sustainability agenda for HFE
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Author:Karen LANGE-MORALES (School of Industrial Design – MIMAPRO Research Group, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia)
Andrew THATCHER (Psychology Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Gabriel GARCÍA-ACOSTA (School of Industrial Design – MIMAPRO Research Group, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: A -Special sessions     Session: A6 - The way forward for human factors and sustainable development
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2470

This paper analyses two proposals that seek to contribute to sustainability from an HFE perspective: ergoecology and green ergonomics. It presents both approaches, their principles, purposes, and fields of application, thereafter dealing with their context of emergence, and overlaps in purpose, principles, and shared values. The principles of ergoecology are given as a framework for developing analytical or practical actions while the principles of green ergonomics are given as guidelines for proposing concrete interventions. Social responsibility and environmental/ecospheric responsibility are the leading threads of ergoecology and green ergonomics, embedded in several values. Implications of these synergies for HFE are outlined.