Kevin Maguire

Kevin Maguire

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


As well as his teaching, research and pastoral duties, Kevin Maguire is the health and safety representative for the Psychology Division.

Career overview

Having gained a degree in biological sciences followed by a Diploma in Environmental, Kevin began his career as an Environmental Health Officer enforcing health and safety legislation and, in that role, rose to Principal Officer level in local government. His interests in workplace incidents led him to retrain in occupational psychology which, in turn, took him into academe.

Research areas

Kevin's research centres on the workplace where he is interested in the way that people make sense of their workplace and life. He is interested in how they perceive and respond to risks (mental and physical), particularly from a cultural perspective.

External activity

Dr Maguire is a reviewer for three academic journals (two of international standing).

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Safety among contract tunnellers in a coal mine was funded and supported by Kaverner Cementation Ltd. (This work has led to a much-cited paper on 'pit sense' in Human Relations in 2011).
  • Safety among civil engineering workers was part-funded and supported by Kaverner Construction Ltd.
  • Risk among police officers in child protection work was carried out in collaboration with the Notts Police Service.
  • Risk among chefs was carried out in collaboration with City College, Norwich.