Imperial College London

Dr Mikela Chatzimichailidou

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Honorary Research Associate



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Mikela works at WSP as a Principal Engineer, is a Team Leader and the R&D Function Lead for the Directorate of Systems Engineering and Assurance. Over the last 2 years she is seconded to HS2, working as part of the Systems Integration (SI) team, reporting directly to the Head of SI. She is leading the SI Risk Management work-stream, authored the SI contract (a.k.a. Works Information) and contributed to the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), the definition of a Common Data Environment and the set-up of System Level Reviews. 

In 2018, Mikela was awarded the title of Honorary Research Associate of Imperial College and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Between 2017 and 2018 she served as a Research Associate (RA) next to Prof Whyte, Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI), while back 2016 she joined the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) as an RA as well. She was a Postdoc rep and responsible for the CTS seminars until she started her career in industry. Between 2015 and 2016, she was an RA at the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge.  

Mikela is a Fellow of SaRS (Safety and Reliability Society) and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University. She has authored a book titled Dynamic Project Management and Task Crashing, has published 17 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 40 conference papers. Her most recent book is titled Safety Insights: Success and Failure Stories of Practitioners. Additionally, she is an Associate Editor for the Safety and Reliability Journal and recently guest edited a special issue on Systems Engineering.

Find her on: LinkedIn; ResearchGate; Twitter.



Chatzimichailidou MM, Karanikas N, 2020, Report of the International Cross-Industry Safety Conference (ICSC) 2018, Safety and Reliability, Vol:39, ISSN:0961-7353, Pages:114-118

Dunsford R, Chatzimichailidou M, 2020, Introducing a system theoretic framework for safety in the rail sector: supplementing CSM-RA with STPA, Safety and Reliability, Vol:39, ISSN:0961-7353, Pages:59-82

Martinetti A, Chatzimichailidou MM, Maida L, et al., 2019, Safety I-II, resilience and antifragility engineering: a debate explained through an accident occurring on a mobile elevating work platform, International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, Vol:25, ISSN:1080-3548, Pages:66-75

Chatzimichailidou MM, Ward J, Horberry T, et al., 2018, A Comparison of the Bow-Tie and STAMP Approaches to Reduce the Risk of Surgical Instrument Retention, Risk Analysis, Vol:38, ISSN:0272-4332, Pages:978-990

Plioutsias A, Karanikas N, Chatzimihailidou MM, 2018, Hazard Analysis and Safety Requirements for Small Drone Operations: To What Extent Do Popular Drones Embed Safety?, Risk Analysis, Vol:38, ISSN:0272-4332, Pages:562-584

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