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Simon Washington

ITS Seminar: The Interesting and Risky Way in Which Transport System Risk Is Managed: A brief history and need for transformed thinking

Seminar | September 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Simon Washington, Professor and Head of School, Civil Engineering, University of Queensland

Institute of Transportation Studies


The evolution of thinking around transport system risk management provides an excellent case study on how implicit and explicit assumptions can drive methodological development. Once methodological momentum builds, often these previously embedded assumptions are long forgotten, yet continue to drive methodology. It is fruitful to revisit and question these assumptions from time to time. This talk discusses the history of transport network safety management methodology from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It highlights some of the critical assumptions made along the way, and describes how and why these assumptions might be hindering further development and real improvement in our ability to prevent crashes. The recommended directions for future methodological development are identified and discussed.


Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate

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