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Adjunct Fellow in Psychological Sciences, Macquarie University, Macquarie University

Dr Ian Faulks is a psychologist with a private practice specialising in policy aspects of safe behaviour. He is an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences, Macquarie University, where his research interests are focused on road safety - notably speeding, novice drivers, and impaired driving - offender management and rehabilitation, and engagement with digital technologies.

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. Over the past decade, Ian continues to have close research collaborations with colleagues in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

Ian was the Director of NSW Parliament's Staysafe Committee, 1991-2006, where he worked on road safety and traffic policing issues. These include 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. 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.


  • 2007–present
    Adjunct Fellow in Psychological Science, Macquarie University
  • 2013–2022
    NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Research Scholar, Queensland University of Technology
  • 1991–2007
    Director, STAYSAFE Committee, Parliament of New South Wales


  • 2022 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD
  • 1980 
    Australian National University, M.Sc. (Qualifying) in Psychology
  • 1978 
    University of New South Wales, B.A (Psychology)

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, Australasian College of Road Safety

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)


Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, 2020, for research into young drivers