Adjunct Professor Divera Twisk

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PhD (Maastricht University), MA Experimental Psychology (University of Groningen), BSocSci(Hons) (Keele University, UK)

Divera is a human factors psychologist, with a PhD in adolescent risk taking. She has over 30 years’ experience in road safety research and policy development. She has made significant contributions across a wide range of road safety issues in The Netherlands and globally, including:

  • Cycling safety: she has led studies on the safety of electric bicycles, developed one of the world’s instrumented bicycles in cooperation with Delft University, initiated the International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC), and guest edited the first special issue on cycling safety of Accident Analysis & Prevention;
  • Young drivers: she has chaired the OECD working group on this topic and was responsible for the OECD report ‘Young drivers; the road to safety’;
  • Safe system approaches: she contributed to the conceptual development and theoretical underpinning of Sustainable Safety;
  • International research: in The Netherlands she has directly contributed to the introduction of design guidelines for the cycling infrastructure, a GDL-type of licensing for young novice drivers (2toDrive), the training of road safety professionals, and to the National Research Agenda on Safe Cycling.

Prior to joining CARRS-Q, Professor Twisk was a lead Researcher at the Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV), The Netherlands. She has a strong research track record established over 30 years in the areas of vulnerable road users and road safety. She has published 23 papers in the past 5 years and has a Scopus h-index of 11. Recent research and publications focus on the growing trend toward the use of electric bicycles in The Netherlands.

She has been Chair and Editor of OECD work groups and publications, and was a lecturer to undergraduate, Masters and professional development courses.