Maria Eugenia Keller

PhD Scholar

BEcon (Hons), University of Buenos Aires; MSc. (Econometrics), University Torcuato DiTella

Contributing to the systematic prevention of road traffic injuries is Maria Eugenia’s personal and professional career purpose. After working several years as transport economist consultant, she led the research department at the National Road Safety Agency in Argentina, where was able to contribute to a better-informed policy making by generating insightful and timely policy-oriented evidence through qualitative and quantitative methodologies. In 2020 she was invited to join the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)- the regional office of WHO for the Americas- as a road safety advisor, where she also supported the generation and dissemination of evidence, as part of her duties intended to provide strategic road safety advice to the Republic of Argentina. Her PhD research is dedicated to understanding the explanatory factors shaping speeding behaviour, and the policy implications derived.


“Applying systems-thinking to improving speed management”


Dr Sherrie-Anne Kaye, Professor Ioni Lewis, Professor Barry Watson, and Adjunct Associate Professor Mark King (External Supervisor)


  • Road safety
  • Sustainable transport
  • Public health
  • Behavioural sciences
  • Public policy


2008 – Amartya Sen Prize for outstanding students, University of Buenos Aires

2008 – B.A. Economics, Magna Cum Laude distinction. University of Buenos Aires

2022 – QUT Postgraduate Research Award (QUTPRA) (International)

2022 – QUT HDR Tuition Fee Sponsorship


2005-13 – Ad Honorem Teaching assistant – Subjects: Statistics- Economic History of Argentina – Econometrics- School of Economics –University of Buenos Aires

2018 – Invited lecturer at the Postgraduate Course on Road Safety, Traffic Engineering Faculty. Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

2019 – Invited lecturer at the Global Road Safety Leadership Course, Buenos Aires edition. Organized by the Global Road Safety Partnership together with the National Road Safety Agency