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A conversation with Andrew Thatcher, University of the Witwatersrand

Andrew Thatcher is a Professor and Chair of Industrial/Organisational Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. 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 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.

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 currently sits on the World Green Building Council technical working group looking at office metrics for wellbeing and effectiveness in green buildings.

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