Sarah joined Cranfield University in 2000 to complete a PhD investigating the causes and impacts of human variability in highly automated manufacturing systems. She has since conducted and supervised many more social science research projects in range of contexts, but particularly in the manufacturing industry. In 2012 she developed the Industrial Psychology and Human Factors group to specifically focus on research to enhance the integration of humans and industrial automation, robotics and digital systems.
Sarah is actively involved in UK and international standards development for robotics and industrial safety as part of the BSI and ISO, and in the formation / inclusion of ethical standards for human integration with emerging manufacturing technologies and automation.
Sarah has taught various industrial / organisational behaviour and work psychology subjects at Master's level, has served on the School of Engineering Research Degrees Committee, the Engineering and Aerospace Faculty Board, and as Coordinator of the Cranfield Enhanced Engineering Doctorate (EngD).