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Staff Profile

Professor Andrew Thatcher

Position PROFESSOR
QualificationsBScHons, MSc, PhD
Phone 0117174533
Email Andrew.Thatcher@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit Psychology
ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5342-980X

Professor Thatcher is currently researching the psychological factors around the adoption of sustainable technologies. This research looks at the combinatory effects of the affective qualities of the sustainable technology and the underlying psychological morals surrounding pro-environmental behaviour. Specific project details also include affect in the design of sustainable technologies, assessing wellbeing and productivity in green buildings, and the theoretical development of human factors and sustainable development.

Research Interests

  • Psychological models of doption of sustainable technologies
  • Health, wellbeing and effectiveness in green buildings
  • Complex systems analysis in understanding sustainability
  • Resilience in managing disaster and emergency situations from global climate change

Main fields of specialisation

  • Industrial/Organisational psychology
  • Human factors and ergonomic
  • Sustainability and technology adoption

Current Research

  • Developing a model of a sustainable system-of-systems for human factors and ergonomics
  • Workplace layout and its impact on health and wellbeing in green buildings
  • The impact of plants on health, wellbeing and effectiveness in office environments

Andrew Thatcher is a Professor and Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) where he has been working since 1995. He obtained his PhD in Psychology from Wits in 2003. He is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Industrial Psychologist.

He is currently President of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, and Chair of the International Ergonomics Association’s Human Factors for Sustainable Development Technical Committee.

His teaching areas are in cognitive ergonomics, engineering psychology, organisational effectiveness, and research design, research analysis. His research interests are on wellbeing and productivity in green buildings, the psychological factors in the adoption of sustainable technologies, and the theoretical development of human factors and sustainability.

He has more than 100 scholarly publications in a range of international journals and conferences. He is an associate editor of the journal “Ergonomics”, and on the editorial boards of several other international journals in the ergonomics field.

He also has more than 20 years experience in the consulting field working in the transport, mining/energy, engineering, financial services, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, information technology, higher education, government, and telecommunications industries.

Andrew was the first person in South Africa to evaluate wellbeing and effectiveness in green buildings in South Africa. He currently has several green building projects at various stages of maturity including studies looking at the impact of plants in the workplace, appropriate workplace layout, and assessing productivity in green buildings. He has worked on the GBCSA Technical Working Group for the Interiors Rating tool and on the World Green Building Council (WGBC) report on wellbeing and effectiveness in green office buildings. He currently sits on the WGBC technical working group looking at office metrics for wellbeing and effectiveness in green buildings.

Publications

Accredited Journals/Journals

  • Sealetsa, O.J. & Thatcher, A. (2011). Ergonomic issues amongst sewing machine operators in the textile manufacturing industry in Botswana. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 38(3), 279-289
  • Thatcher, A., Straker, L. & Pollock, C. (2011). Establishing and maintaining an online community of researchers: Longitudinal evaluation of a virtual conference series. International Journal of Web-Based Communities, 7(1), 116-135
  • Thatcher, A. (2012). Affect in designing for sustainability in human factors and ergonomics. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 1(2), 127-147
  • Thatcher, A. & Milner, K. (2012). The impact of a ‘green’ building on employees’ physical and psychological wellbeing. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 41, 3816-3823
  • Thatcher, A. (2012). Early variability in the conceptualisation of ‘sustainable development and human factors. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 41, 3892-3899
  • Thatcher, A. & Matthews, M. (2012). Comparing software piracy in South Africa and Zambia using Social Cognitive Theory. African Journal of Business Ethics, 6(1), 1-12
  • Garbharran, A. & Thatcher, A. (2012). The impact of occupational field of expertise on intention to pirate software. International Journal of Psychology, 41, 404
  • Thatcher, A. (2013). Green ergonomics: definition and scope. Ergonomics, 56(3), 389-398
  • King, B. & Thatcher, A. (2014). Attitudes towards software piracy in South Africa: knowledge of intellectual property laws as a moderator. Behaviour and Information Technology, 33(3), 207-223
  • Donald, F., Thatcher, A. & Milner, K. (2014). Psychological assessment for redress in South African organisations: is it just? South African Journal of Psychology, 44(3), 333-349
  • Thatcher, A. & Milner, K. (2014). Changes in productivity, psychological wellbeing, and physical wellbeing from working in a ‘green’ building. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 49(3), 381-393
  • Morales, K.L., Thatcher, A. & Garcia-Acosta, G. (2014). Towards a sustainable world through human factors and ergonomics: it is all about values. Ergonomics, 57(11), 1603-1615
  • Thatcher, A. & Mlilo, S. (2014). Changes in users’ Web search performance after ten years. Ergonomics SA, 26 (2), 40-50
  • Mlilo, S. & Thatcher, A. (2014). Changes in users’ mental models of Web search engines after ten years. Ergonomics SA, 26(2), 51-66
  • Thatcher, A. & Milner, K. (2014). Green ergonomics and green buildings. Ergonomics in Design, 22(2), 5-12
  • Ranjbar, H., Thatcher, A., Greyling, M., Arab, M. & Nasri,N. (2014). Validation of the Persian version of the Problematic Internet Use Questionnaire (PIUQ). Iranian Journal of Psychiatry, 9(4), 248-252
  • Donald, F., Donald, C. & Thatcher, A. (2015). Work exposure and vigilance decrements in closed circuit television surveillance. Applied Ergonomics, 47, 220-228
  • Thatcher, A. & Yeow, P.H.P. (2016). A sustainable system of systems approach: a new HFE paradigm. Ergonomics, 59(2), 167-178
  • Kalantzis, A., Thatcher, A. & Sheridan, C. (2016). Mental models of a water management system in a green building. Applied Ergonomics, 57, 36-47
  • Thatcher, A. & Yeow, P.H.P. (2016). Human factors for a sustainable future. Applied Ergonomics, 57, 1-7

Chapters in Books

  • Thatcher, A. & Ndabeni, M. (2011). A psychological model to understand e-adoption in the context of the digital divide. In J. Steyn & G. Johanson (Eds.), ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for Global Development: Theory, Practice and the Digital Divide (Vol. 1) (pp. 127-149). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference
  • Garbharran A. & Thatcher, A. (2011). Modeling social cognitive theory to explain software piracy intention. In M.J. Smith, G. Salvendy (Eds.): Human Interface, Part I, HCII 2011, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6771, pp. 301–310, Berlin: Springer-Verlag
  • Thatcher, A. & Milner, K. (2011). Physical work environment, well-being, and productivity in a South African financial institution: implications for work and workplace design. In M. Göbel, C.J. Christie, S. Zschernack, A.I. Todd, and M. Mattison (Eds.) Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management X (Vol. 1), pp. 75-80. Santa Monica: IEA Press
  • Thatcher, A. (2011). Sustainable affective design. In M. Göbel, C.J. Christie, S. Zschernack, A.I. Todd, and M. Mattison (Eds.) Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management X (Vol. 2), pp. 27-32. Santa Monica: IEA Press
  • Thatcher, A., Garcia-Acosta, G. & Morales, K.L. (2013). Design principles for green ergonomics. In M. Anderson (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors, pp. 319-326, London: Taylor & Francis
  • Milner, K., Donald, F. & Thatcher, A. (2013). Psychological Assessment and workplace transformation in South Africa: a review of the research literature. In S. Laher & K. Cockcroft (Eds.). Psychological assessment in South Africa: research and applications 2000-2010 (pp. 488-516). Johannesburg: Wits University Press
  • Pilcer, D. & Thatcher, A. (2013). Perceptions of Facebook privacy and career impression management. In P. Kotze, G. Marsden, G. Lindgaard, J. Wesson & M. Winckler. (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2013, Proceedings Part III, LNCS 8119, pp. 616-623
  • Alli, A., Maluleke, M., Bhana, S., Solomon, T., Klipp, Y. & Thatcher, A. (2013). Sustainability and usability of public bathroom taps. In M. Anderson (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors, pp. 329-336, London: Taylor & Francis
  • Thatcher, A. (2014). Theoretical definitions and models of sustainable development that apply to human factors and ergonomics. In O. Broberg, N. Fallentin, P. Hasle, P.L. Jensen, A. Kabel., M.E. Larsen & T. Weller. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management and the 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (Vol. 1 and 2), pp. 747-752. Santa Monica, CA: IEA Press
  • Lange-Morales, K., Thatcher, A. & Garcia-Acosta, G. (2014). Synergies between ergoecology and green ergonomics: a contribution towards the sustainability agenda for HFE. In O. Broberg, N. Fallentin, P. Hasle, P.L. Jensen, A. Kabel., M.E. Larsen & T. Weller. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management and the 46th Annual Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (Vol. 1 and 2), pp. 771-776. Santa Monica, CA: IEA Press
  • Thatcher, A., Lekitlane, M. & Riga, D. (2014). Beyond convenience: the role of emotions in the adoption of sustainable technologies. In Y.G. Ji & S. Choi (Eds.). Advances in Affective and Pleasurable Design, pp. 159-168. New York: AHFE Conference
  • Thatcher, A. (2015). Ergonomic initiatives. In J. Barling & J. Robertson (Eds.). The psychology of green organizations (pp. 296-321). Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • White, E.P.G. & Thatcher, A. (2015). How mobile phones affect the sustainability of the work/life balance of their users. In D.D. Schmorrow & C.M. Fidopiastis (Eds.). Foundations of Augmented Cognition, pp. 393-400. New York: Springer International
  • Thatcher, A. & Chunilal, H. (2015). Development and validation of a workspace layout scale for use in green building certifications. In Fostervold, K.I., Johnsen, S.A.K., Reidstedt, L. & Watten, R.G. (Eds.), Creating sustainable work-environments, Proceedings of NES2015, Nordic Ergonomics Society 47th Annual Conference. Lysaker, Norwegian Society for Ergonomics and Human Factors

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