Professor Best's scholarly interests revolve around the technical, social, cultural and political aspects concerning engineering disasters. His particular interest is the social and political response to engineering disasters, primarily railway and structural disasters, in 20th century Britain. His work investigates the "Public Inquiry Process" and how this process, if at all, facilitates changes to these high risk technological systems. Other research interests include the ethical obligations of engineers and how technology is viewed in literature and popular culture.
Professor of Practice Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Co-Director of Lehigh IDEAS, Director of STS Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics