About Us

The Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) was established in 1996 as a joint venture initiative of the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to address the enormous human, economic and social costs resulting from road crashes. The Centre was founded by well-known and respected Emeritus Professor Mary Sheehan, and is currently headed by Professor Narelle Haworth, with a very strong support team of leading academics.  The Centre is situated within QUT’s Faculty of Health.

Key features:

  • Multidisciplinary team
  • High impact research influencing national and international policy
  • Strong linkages with government and industry
  • Committed to participating globally to reduce road fatalities and injuries
  • Provision of postgraduate research training and professional education

We investigate people’s behaviour with the aim of devising countermeasures and informing policy to ensure their safety on the road, at work and at home.

The growing skill base of the Centre and the acquisition of key research infrastructure, such as the Advanced Driving Simulator, positions CARRS-Q in an ideal situation to expand the scope and significance of its activities. With a strong background in impaired driving research, regulation and enforcement, occupational safety, road safety infrastructure, vulnerable road users and road safety public education, the Centre has over recent years, established a growing international profile in new areas such as injury prevention among young adults, motorcycle and bicycle safety, intelligent transport systems (ITS), road safety infrastructure, workforce safety, and professional road safety training and capacity building.

The Centre has successfully developed and maintained a strong research and consultancy profile, collaborative research linkages with government, other universities, commercial organisations and cooperatives. It is a key member of the Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation domain of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT. The Centre also provides postgraduate research training and professional education in road safety. It has a large cohort of PhD and Masters students, as well as special programs for practitioners.

Road safety is an issue of global concern, and CARRS-Q is committed to participating internationally as well as nationally in efforts to promote road safety and reduce road fatalities and injuries.  We do this by participating in international organisations and conferences, collaborating with international partners, and by building road safety capacity through the training of professionals, practitioners and researchers in road safety.