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  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 534 Citations
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Dr Karen Boyce is a Senior Lecturer in School of the Built Environment and has been a member of FireSERT, working in the area of human behaviour in fire, for 30 years.  Her research interests are primarily on the provision of data and information in relation to the behaviour and movement of occupants during evacuation and her PhD research (1996) focused on the capabilities of people with disabilities to evacuate.High profile projects have included an EPSRC funded investigation into the behaviours of evacuees of World Trade Centre on 9/11. She is the author of over 60 research publications and current Chair of the Programme Committee for the International Symposium Human Behaviour in Fire series.  She was Guest Editor of special editions of Fire and Materials in 2012 and 2015 and is currently a member of  the Advisory Board of Fire and Materials. She recently co-wrote a chapter entitled Engineering Data for the 4th Edition of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Handbook and was Co-chair of the Planning Committee for the 12th International Association of Fire Safety Science Symposium, 2017.

Education/Academic qualification


Bachelor, Queen's University Belfast

External positions

External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University

1 Sep 2014 → …

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Research Output

Exploring the Biomechanics of Walking and Crowd Flow

Thompson, P., Nilsson, D., Boyce, K. E. & McGrath, D., 22 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Fire and Materials. 21 p.

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  • The future of evacuation drills: assessing and enhancing evacuee performance

    Boyce, K. E., Gwynne, S., Amos, M., Kinateder, M., Benichou, N., Van der Wal, N. & Ronchi, E., 13 May 2020, In : Safety Science . 129, 10 p., 104767.

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  • A Pre-Evacuation Database for Use in Egress Simulations

    Lovreglio, R., Kuligowski, E., Gwynne, S. & Boyce, K. E., 1 Apr 2019, In : Fire Safety Journal. 105, p. 107-128 22 p.

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  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    24 Downloads (Pure)

    Engineering Egress Data Considering Pedestrians with Reduced Mobility

    Boyce, K. E., Geoerg, P., Gwynne, S., Berchtold, F., Hoffman, A. & Holl, S., 1 Nov 2019, In : Fire and Materials. 43, 7, p. 759-781 23 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 4 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 4 Membership of committee
    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Membership of board

    13th International Fire Safety Science Symposium (Event)

    Karen Boyce (Chair)
    27 Apr 20201 May 2020

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Talk entitled: Changing Demographics: Implications for Design and Management

    Karen Boyce (Speaker)
    23 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Interflam 2019

    Karen Boyce (Participant)
    1 Jul 20193 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Fire Safety Knowledge for the Future - Challenges and Opportunities

    Karen Boyce (Participant)
    23 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...