How leadership in air traffic control could keep flying safe


About the research

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically reduced air traffic. But did you know that normally some 3,000 planes fly over Belgium every day? Air traffic control is thus crucial to avoid airborne collisions. Katharina Schopf (KU Leuven) investigates the role of the supervisors who support the air traffic controllers. 


Katharina Schopf
KU Leuven

Her interest in on the one hand organisations’ structures and cultures and on the other hand employees’ behaviours and wellbeing led Katharina to the field of organisational psychology. Currently, she is conducting doctoral research at the KU Leuven on leadership and safety. Katharina’s particular focus is the air traffic control sector, and she is collaborating with skeyes, the Belgian air navigation service provider.

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