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Dr Mark King
Deputy Director, CARRS-Q
Faculty of Health,
School of Psychology & Counselling
Senior Research Fellow
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, Other studies in Human Society
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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
Chair, Queensland Chapter, Australasian College of Road Safety
Member, World Road Association (PIARC)
Member, Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN)
Member, Road Traffic Injury Research Network (RTIRN)


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


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.


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.


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

Research projects

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

Integrating Technological and Organisational Approaches to Enhance the Safety of Roadworkers
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Roadworker Safety;Road Construction Site Safety;Safety Culture;Workplace Health and Safety;Road Safety Policy;Speeding
Using 'biological motion' to enhance the nighttime safety of road workers, cyclists, and pedestrians
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Visibility;Night Driving;Pedestrians;Cyclists;Visual Impairment


Current supervisions

  • Governance and the Rule of Law in Road Safety Institutions in Pakistan: the Influence of Legal, Social and Cultural Factors on Road Safety Enforcement and Legal Processes
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Judy Fleiter, Professor Barry Watson, Associate Professor Saiful Karim
  • The epidemiological and psychological risk of older pedestrian trauma and its association with elderly travel patterns and walking intentions
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Oscar Oviedo Trespalacios
  • Bus driver occupational hazards and shiftwork in the Philippines
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Adem Sav
  • Exploring Moral Dilemmas in Simulated Traffic Situations Involving the Use of Autonomous Vehicles While Measuring Neuropsychological Correlates of Driver Intervention Performance
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Christopher Watling
  • Performance of Emergency Services Drivers in Urgent Duty Driving: Understanding non-response to auditory information
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Darren Wishart, Dr Christopher Watling
  • The Impact of the Road Environment and Mobile Phone Distraction on Driving Behaviour
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Oscar Oviedo Trespalacios
  • Opioids and driving among palliative care patients: giving a voice to medical practitioners and patients on quality of life and driving safety
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Vivienne Tippett
  • The Effect of Interrelationship among Built Environment, Safety and Security on Pedestrian Route Choice Behaviour
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Shimul (Md. Mazharul) Haque, Dr Md Kamruzzaman, Dr Oscar Oviedo Trespalacios
  • An Application of an Extended Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) to Speeding in Saudi Arabia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Ioni Lewis, Professor Katherine White
  • A Human Factors Approach to Modelling Group Cycling Safety
    MPhil, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Oscar Oviedo Trespalacios

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)