Fiona earle

Dr Fiona Earle

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty of Health Sciences

01482 465552

Fiona Earle is an occupational psychologist with almost 20 years' experience of working in academic and industrial settings.

Following occupational Chartership status in 2002, and doctoral research on the development of work-related fatigue in 2004, Fiona is particularly interested in occupational stress research in applied settings.

Her main focus is working with organisations to understand the sources of work-place stress, and implementing solutions to minimise the impact of these stressors on health and safety, wellbeing and performance.


Research Interests

  • Understanding mental and physical workload and their relationship with fatigue

  • Complex task performance and performance breakdown under stress

  • The impact of shiftwork on performance and well-being

  • Enhancing health and safety in industrial settings

Research groups

  • Wellbeing and mental health research group

  • Research associate of the Risk Institute

  • Research associate of Aura (research, development and innovation  in offshore wind)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Psychology and Work

  • Research Project

  • AST Employability programme

Research PhDs

Fiona welcomes PhD applications in the areas of work-related stress and fatigue. She is particularly interested in applied work in health and safety, and offshore wind.

Completed PhDs

  • Tracey Reid, On-call work scheduling: A multi method analysis of psychological effects and moderators (2011)

  • Angela Clough, Whiplash Associated Disorder (2014)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Jonathan Huddlestone,Risk and Safety Culture in Offshore Wind (2017)

  • Stefi McMaster,Causes and Consequences of Fatigue in Offshore Wind Technicians (2017)

  • Sven van As, Fatigue after effects following work, Erasmus exchange student, Radboud University, Netherlands (2017-2018)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Currently working towards Fellowship of HEA

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Psychology, First Class, University of Hull

  • Graduate Dip Occupational Psychology, First Class, University of Hull

  • PhD, The construct of psychological fatigue: A psychometric and experimental analysis, University of Hull (2004)

External roles

Industry partners

  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

  • OREC Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

  • Orsted

  • Centrica

  • British Gas

Research institution collaborations
  • MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands)

  • ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands)

  • Radboud University (Netherlands)

Awards and accolades

  • Centrica Energy Marketing and Trading, occupational stress risk assessment, in collaboration with Terry Williams (2017-2018)

  • DemoWind: EraNet (H2020) €3.6m: Project SPOWTT: Safety and Productivity in Offshore Wind Technician Transit (PI Fiona Earle; CI Terry Williams). Seven partner consortium with UK & Netherlands (2016-2019)

  • GreenPort Growth Fund (SPOWTT match funding), (PI Fiona Earle; CI Terry Williams), €145,000 (2016-2019)

  • G+ (in collaboration with OREC: Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult), industry report on climbing fatigue (2016)

  • Centrica PLC, exploring the factors influencing fatigue in OSW technicians (2016)

  • Novartis PLC (in collaboration with Peter Clough) leadership development programme: managing risk and fatigue £40,000 (2012–2013)

  • KTP (PI Peter Clough, CI Fiona Earle) collaboration with AQR Ltd, developing a model to integrate academic research into practice, £126,000 (2011-2013)

  • Vivergo Fuels Ltd (in collaboration with Peter Clough), leadership development programme, understanding risk and individual differences, £16,000 (2009)

  • ERYC, design of management development programme (in collaboration with Peter Clough) £18,000 (2003)

  • Kingston Communications, assessment centre design and delivery (in collaboration with Peter Clough) £15,000 (2002)

Professional highlights

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (2012)

  • Registered Occupational Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (2011)

  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist: Full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society (2002)

  • Level A, Level B, Level B Intermediate Certificates of Competence in Occupational Testing (1997, 1999, 2002)