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Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University & NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Research Scholar, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q), Queensland University of Technology

Ian Faulks is a psychologist with a private practice specialising in policy aspects of safe behaviour. Ian is a regular commentator on road safety and traffic policing issues for The Conversation. He is a research scholar with the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) at the Queensland University of Technology, and an Adjunct Fellow with Macquarie University. He lectures in road safety and the psychology of driving at Macquarie University.

Ian was the Director of NSW Parliament's Staysafe Committee, 1991-2006, where he worked on road safety and traffic policing issues. He was instrumental in the initiation of legislative, policy and program reforms that have seen the New South Wales road toll reduce by almost 50% since 1991, including leading contributions to improving the management of drink driving and drug driving, new traffic policing methods and technologies, reduced urban speed limits and school zone speed limits, the establishment of work-related road safety as a major area of transport policy, the reform of novice driver licensing to better protect young drivers, and the development of policies and programs to address driver impairment arising from inattention and distraction. Many of these initiatives have been adopted in policies and in road safety strategic planning within Australia and overseas. Ian also played a major initiating role in reforms of road safety administration (e.g., the decision to establish the NSW Centre for Road Safety) and road safety research (e.g., the decision to create the Injury Risk Management Research Centre at the University of New South Wales).

Ian's theoretical contributions have included the development of the concept of "whole of driving life" in the management of driver licensing (1996), the 3D Haddon Matrix as a tool to better understand safety interventions in work-related and recreational road use (1999), and, most recently, the Enhanced Safe System Model (2012) as a comprehensive framework to addressing safety within a road transport system.

As a senior parliamentary officer, Ian also led work on issues affecting children and young people, on organizational behaviour and public sector corruption, and on whistleblower protection.

Over 2012-2013, Ian was the Road Safety and Enforcement Specialist for the World Bank-funded Integrated Road Safety Management System in Indonesia, working with the Indonesian National Traffic Police Corps and related national and international agencies. Ian continues to have close research collaborations with colleagues in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.


  • –present
    Honorary Associate in Psychology, Macquarie University


  • 1980 
    Australian National University, M.Sc. (Qualifying) in Psychology
  • 1978 
    University of New South Wales, B.A (Psychology)

Research Areas

  • Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (17)
  • Police Administration, Procedures And Practice (160205)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Automotive Safety Engineering (090204)
  • Industrial And Organisational Psychology (170107)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)