Byron Wilkinson

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Research summary

The aim of my research is to contribute to the understanding of naturalistic decision making (NDM) in the emergency response environment by examining why and how multi-agency incident command decisions are made in response to a large scale, high impact, ‘major incidents’.

I am investigating how decisions are made in response to emergencies using data from national scale multi-agency exercises and training events, 999 calls and detailed debriefs of actual emergency incidents.

Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

I am interested in:
How current hierarchical emergency command structures and the national ‘Joint Decision Model’ influence multi-agency decision making
How multi-agency decision making is influenced by situational awareness
The extent to which current training and decision models prepare decision makers for multi-agency emergencies
Lessons identified, that need be implemented, to improve multi-agency decision making


School of Psychology

Research group


Research collaborators

Professor Rob Honey

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

Chloe Barrett-Pink

Undergraduate education

2001: BA (Hons) Philosophy, Warwick University


I am employed as a Civil Contingencies Coordinator for the Dyfed Powys region of Wales. This role requires undertaking planning, training and exercises to address large scale and high impact emergencies in the UK.

The job also requires debriefing multi-agency incidents to improve the response to future emergencies.