Personal details

Professor Barry Watson
Professor, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - IPTM
Discipline *
Psychology, Public Health and Health Services, Criminology
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Grad Dip (Science & Society) (University of New South Wales), BA(Hons) (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations

Drink-driving, Driver education, Road safety, Road user behaviour, Speeding, Tertiary training in road safety, Traffic law enforcement, Unlicensed driving

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


Professor Barry Watson is a global road safety expert based at the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Barry has over 30 years’ experience in the road safety field working for government, academic and civil society organisations. As a founding member of CARRS-Q, he has been involved in the development and delivery of courses in road safety and traffic psychology for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as leading research teams examining a range of road user safety issues. From 2008 and 2015, he was the Director of CARRS-Q and responsible for the overall operation of the Centre. Between 2015 and early 2017, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), which is hosted by the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. As the CEO of GRSP, Barry was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation as well as the management of its activities in over 35 countries worldwide. Barry is a member of the Executive Board of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety (ICADTS) and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS).

Barry completed his PhD on the topic of unlicensed driving.

This information has been contributed by Professor Barry Watson.


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