Professor Barry Watson

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BA(Hons) (USyd), GradDip (Science & Society) (UNSW), PhD (QUT)

Professor Barry Watson is a global road safety expert with over 30 years’ experience in the road safety field working for government, academic and civil society organisations. As a founding member of CARRS-Q, he was involved in the development and delivery of courses in road safety and traffic psychology for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as leading research teams examining a range of road user safety issues. In November 2019, Barry retired from full-time research at QUT and is now an Adjunct Professor. From 2008-2015, he was the Director of CARRS-Q and responsible for the overall operation of the Centre. Between 2015 and early 2017, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), which is hosted by the Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland. As the CEO of GRSP, Barry was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation as well as the management of its activities in over 35 countries worldwide. Barry is a member of the Executive Board of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs & Traffic Safety (ICADTS) and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS).
Barry completed his PhD on the topic of unlicensed driving.