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Sara Bragança

Dr Sara Bragança MScEng, PhD

Research Fellow

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6972 ext. 6972 Room no. RM201


Sara is currently a research fellow at Solent University. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Solent from July 2016 to July 2018.

Sara earned her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Minho (Portugal) in April 2016. This doctoral degree was related to the study on the influence of common working postures on individuals’ comfort and anthropometric data. 

She accomplished her MScEng degree in July 2012 in the field of Industrial Engineering and Management, also at the University of Minho. Her master's dissertation was performed under the topic of implementation of Standard Work and other Lean Production tools.

Research interests

Sara’s current research interests are related to ergonomics and human factors and include topics such as anthropometry, 3D body scanning technologies, inclusive design and adaptive clothing, product design, usability and user experience, industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Over the past year she has been working on a project aimed at designing adapted sportswear for wheelchair rugby, internally funded by the RIKE awards.

Sara is the author/co-author of more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences.

Further information

  1. Consultancy

    Sara consulted on Tablas de Antropometría de la Población Trabajadora Chilena (Anthropometric tables of the Chilean working population)
  2. Recent publications

    Sara has contributed to a number of publications. Click below to see selected ones.


    • Bravo, G., Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Molenbroek, J. & Castellucci, I. (2018) A literature review of anthropometric studies of school students for ergonomics purposes: are accuracy, precision and reliability being considered?. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 60(1), 3-17 Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Viviani, C., Arezes, P., Bragança, S., Molenbroek, J., Dianat, I. & Castellucci, I. (2018) Accuracy, precision and reliability in anthropometric surveys for ergonomics purposes in adult working populations: A literature review. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 65, 1-16. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Bragança, S., Castellucci, I., Gill, S., Matthias, P., Carvalho, M., & Arezes, P. (2018). Insights on the apparel needs and limitations for athletes with disabilities: The design of wheelchair rugby sports-wear. Applied Ergonomics, 67, 9-25. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., Ashdown, S., Castellucci, I. & Leão, C. (2018). A comparison of manual anthropometric measurements with Kinect-based scanned measurements in terms of precision and reliability. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 59(3), 325-339. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Bragança,S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., Ashdown, S., Xu, B. & Castellucci, I. (2017). Validation study of a Kinect based body imaging system. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 57(1), 9-21. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Bragança, S., Arezes, P., Carvalho, M., Ashdown, S. & Leão, C. (2017). Assessment of the intraday variability of anthropometric measurements in the work environment: a pilot study. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 1-11. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Arezes, P. & Ashdown, S. (2017). Work-wear pattern design to accommodate different working postures. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 29(3), 294–313. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS

    Book chapters

    • Bragança, S., Castellucci, I., Gill, S., Carvalho, M., & Arezes, P. (2018). Evaluation of design recommendations for the development of wheelchair rugby sports-wear. In: Di Bucchianico G. (eds) Advances in Design for Inclusion. AHFE 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 776. Springer, Cham. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS
    • Bragança, S., Castellucci, I., & Arezes, P.(2018). Wheelchair users’ anthropometric data: analysis of existent available information. In: P. M. Arezes, J. S. Baptista, M. P. Barroso, P. Carneiro, P. Cordeiro, N. Costa, … G. Perestrelo (Eds.), Occupational Safety and Hygiene VI: 14th International Symposium on Occupation Safety and Hygiene (SHO 2018) (pp. 23-27). London: CRC Press. Indexed in SCOPUS
    • Braganca, S., Steele, J., Gill, S., Carvalho, M., Arezes, P. (2017). Sports-wear in wheelchair rugby: establishing design needs. In: Di Bucchianico G., Kercher P. (eds), Advances in Design for Inclusion: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Design for Inclusion, July 17-21, 2017, Los Angeles, California, USA (pp. 381-389). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Indexed in ISI Web of Science & SCOPUS


    • Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Steel J., Passman, S., Gill, S., Castellucci, I., & Arezes, P. (2018) Initial designs of wheelchair rugby gloves. In Aegean International Textile and Advanced Engineering Conference (AΙTAE 2018). Lesvos, Greece. Indexed in SCOPUS
    • Castellucci, H., Viviani, C., Molenbroek, J., Arezes, P., Martínez, M., Aparici, V. & Bragança, S. (2018) Anthropometric data of Chilean male workers. In 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). Florence, Italy.
    • Bragança, S., Carvalho, M., Gill, S., Castellucci, I. & Arezes, P., (2018) Image analysis as a basis to the design of wheelchair rugby sportswear. In 91st Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC 2018). Leeds, United Kingdom.

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