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Dr Mark King

Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling,
Research - CARRSQ

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Name
Dr Mark King
Position(s)
Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School - Psychology and Counselling,
Research - CARRSQ
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - IPTM
Discipline *
Psychology, Public Health and Health Services, Other Studies in Human Society
Phone
+61 7 3138 4546
Fax
+61 7 3138 0111
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Business Administration (University of Adelaide), BSc(Hons)(Psych) (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member, International Council for Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS)

Convenor, ICADTS Low and Middle Income Countries Expert Working Group

Deputy Chair, Queensland Chapter, Australasian College of Road Safety

Member, World Road Association (PIARC)

Member, Australian Injury Prevention Network

Member, Road Traffic Injury Research Network (RTIRN)

Keywords

Translating research into practice, Road user behaviour, Road safety in developing countries, Vulnerable road users, Older road users, Young drivers, Vision and driving, Drink driving, Road safety strategy and policy, Road environment and vehicle factors

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Background Mark joined QUT in 2004 following a long government career in road safety policy and research, with the Commonwealth, Victorian, South Australian and Queensland Governments.  He was awarded his PhD in 2005, for research on the development of an ecological model of the transfer of road safety knowledge and expertise to less motorised countries, which involved case studies in Thailand and Vietnam. He has continued to pursue the enhancement of road safety in less motorised countries through involvement in capacity building and research collaboration in Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Malaysia and China, and through supervision of research students from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Mark has developed and/or delivered customised courses for road safety professionals from/in Australia, New Zealand, and a range of East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian countries. His other research interests are outlined below. Mark has been awarded Australian Research Council grants, Queensland Health Trauma grants, an Academy of Social Sciences Australia exchange fellowship to China and a range of consultancies. He is a member of the Accident Analysis and Prevention Editorial Advisory Board, has participated in a number of government committees and takes an active role in the road safety research community internationally (through ICADTS, WRA/PIARC and RTIRN) in Australia (through ACRS and AIPN).

Research interests

  • transfer of road safety knowledge and expertise to less motorised countries taking into account economic, institutional, social and cultural factors
  • translation of research into policy and practice
  • safety of older road users, roadworkers, pedestrians, people with a disability, cyclists and young drivers
  • drink and drug driving policy
  • the interface between intelligent transport systems and human users
  • road safety strategy
  • traffic psychology and the application of other theoretical perspectives to road safety, e.g. group serving bias, application of learning principles to vicarious acquisition of perceptual judgements, and ethnographic and anthropological approaches to the role of beliefs and values as influences on behaviour
This information has been contributed by Dr Mark King.

Teaching

Mark has a strong interest in building road safety capacity in low and middle income countries. This is pursued through the development and delivery of customised courses and the supervision of higher degree research students from low and middle income countries. Customised courses that have been developed under Mark’s direction include a series of workshops in Indonesia (commencing in 2009 and ongoing) aimed at fostering collaboration between transport, infrastructure and policing agencies at the local level, using the Safe System approach.  Other courses have been undertaken in Malaysia and China, as well as in Australia.  For example, Mark was successful in obtaining funding for a program for 13 AusAID leadership Award Fellows from Pakistan and China, for a program entitled ‘The governance and policing continuum’. Mark supervises a number of Masters and PhD students, both within the School and across Schools and Faculties, with an emphasis on fostering the development of research capacity in low and middle income countries.  This includes more general research training as well as projects focused on the countries of origin of students.  Current  topics for both Australian and international students are listed below (includes PhD, Masters and Honours research). Past topics for PhD and Masters students who have completed their studies are listed under “Supervision”. Current topics:

  • Developing a theoretical framework for improved practical application of a coordinated response in road safety (PhD)
  • The prevalence and impact of alcohol and illegal drug use among road users and its impact on traffic crash severity in Ghana (PhD)
  • Evolving a synergistic approach to road safety: an appraisal of the Project Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Change Facilitation (PSC) approach by means of two case studies (Masters)
  • Feedback and self-rated driving abilities among older adults: the impact of advanced driver assistance systems (PhD)
  • An investigation of the knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to drink driving among Chinese drivers (PhD)
  • Driver licensing experience of Korean Australian novice drivers (Masters)
  • Risk compensation in cell phone/driving multitasking (PhD)
  • Traffic safety analysis along rural mountainous roads (PhD)
  • Impact of disabilities due to road crashes and implications for national policies in Cambodia (PhD)
  • Motorcycle rickshaws in Pakistan: paratransit role and road safety impacts (PhD)
  • Pedestrian crashes in Ethiopia: identification of contributing factors through modelling of exposure and road environment variables (PhD)
Past Honours topics:
  • The influence of sensitivity to punishment and reward on organisational safety climate
  • The intention of young people to purchase a used car with the best safety features using the Theory of Planned Behaviour
  • Psychosocial factors that predict workers’ intentions to attend workplace health and safety training
  • Understanding the influence of passengers upon young driver behaviour
This information has been contributed by Dr Mark King.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
Appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of Accident Analysis and Prevention, the top ranked road safety journal
Type
Other
Reference year
2011
Details
On the basis of my acknowledged expertise in the safety of older road users, and my ability to translate research into policy, I was invited to take up a sole-supplier contract to conduct research and consultation in support of the Minister for Transport's Older Driver Safety Advisory Committee. My report and the recommendations of the committee were presented to the incoming Minister and released for public consultation in 2012. In 2013 this resulted in changes to legislation for older drivers; in addition several recommendations from my report were incorporated into the Government's Road Safety Action Plan, which specifically mentions CARRS-Q as an expert in this area.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Invited as a keynote speaker to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific Road Safety Expert Group Meeting in Seoul, Korea, 8-10 May 2013. This annual event involves senior representatives from nations in the UN Asia Pacific region (including China and other East Asian nations, India and the other South Asian nations, all the Southeast Asian nations and Central Asian nations).
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2010
Details
Member of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety. Membership is awarded on the basis of a record of contribution to the field of alcohol, drugs and traffic safety
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Hosted by the University of Minnesota Centre for Transportation Research, 2-3 April 2013, to give a keynote address to the Towards Zero Deaths Strategic Visioning Workshop they were holding on behalf of the Government of Minnesota. This was a key workshop to help Minnesota transition from its recently completed ten year road safety strategic plan to the new strategic plan for the coming year.
Type
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2013
Details
By 2013, I had undertaken peer review work for the following journals (in alphabetical order): Accident Analysis and Prevention; BMC Public Health; Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies; Health Promotion Journal of Australia; Injury Prevention; International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion; International Journal of Sustainable Transportation; International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation; Journal of Clinical Neuroscience; Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health; Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory; Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety; Journal of Transportation Safety & Security; Journal of Transportation Technologies; PLoS ONE; Road Transport Research; Structure and Infrastructure Engineering; Traffic Injury Prevention; Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice; Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review; Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behav
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2013
Details
Appointed as a Panel Member of the 2013-2016 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship Selection Panel
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
By 2013 I had undertaken peer review work for the following conferences (in alphabetical order): 4th Road Safety International Conference (2013); Australasian College of Road Safety Conference (every year since 2008); Australasian Road Safety Research Policing and Education Conference (every year since 2006); Australian Health Promotion Association Conference (every year since 2012); Australian Road Research Board Conference (every conference since 2005); WCTR 2010
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2011
Details
Individual Member of the Australasian College of Road Safety, and elected member of the Executive of the Queensland Chapter. In 2013 was elected as Deputy Chair of the Queensland Chapter.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2011
Details
Invitation to be an Expert Speaker for the Transport and Logistics Industry Breakfast organised by Trade and Investment Queensland - Wednesday 3 August 2011

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Integrating Technological and Organisational Approaches to Enhance the Safety of Roadworkers
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100200038
Start year
2011
Keywords
Roadworker Safety; Road Construction Site Safety; Safety Culture; Workplace Health and Safety; Road Safety Policy; Speeding
Title
Using 'biological motion' to enhance the nighttime safety of road workers, cyclists, and pedestrians
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990292
Start year
2009
Keywords
Visibility; Night Driving; Pedestrians; Cyclists; Visual Impairment;
Title
Factors Influencing Learner Driver Experiences
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2005
Keywords
Novice Driver; Learner Driver; Graduated Driver Licensing; Social Learning Theory

Supervision