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Dr Bevan Rowland

PhD QUT, MHlth Sc (HSE) QUT, BFET USQ, Grad. Cert Road Safety QUT

  • Senior Research Fellow
  • School of Law and Society
07 5456 3548
Office location
Room G.43, Innovation Centre
Sunshine Coast
Dr Bevan Rowland


Dr Bevan Rowland is a Senior Research Fellow within the Road Safety Research Collaboration unit at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bevan has a long history of academic research (13 years at CARRS-Q at the Queensland University of Technology) and professional experience (including Federal, State and private industry sectors) in road safety. His research history and interest has been in the injury prevention domain, including issues associated with road safety management, work-related road safety, drug driving, driver fatigue, distraction and other human factors. His focus has been on utilising research to inform and develop practical and proactive interventions and strategies for road safety improvement.

He has coordinated heavy vehicle fatigue-related research projects for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator developing an evidence base for informing law reform and future safety interventions. Additional professional experience included roles as Fleet Safety Manager (light vehicle fleets) and Safety and Compliance Manager (heavy vehicle fleet).

Professional Membership

  • Australasian College of Road Safety (Member)


  • Commendation from the Registrar (QUT) for audit of QUT fleet safety, Queensland University of Technology, 2015
  • Highly Commended (Print) at the 2010 International Safety Media Awards, International Safety and Injury Prevention Conference, London, 2010
  • Best Paper Award at the High Risk Road Users Conference, Queensland, Australia, 2008
  • MG Car Club of Queensland Award for most outstanding thesis, 2006

Professional Social Media

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours students

  • Road safety
  • Driver attitude and behaviours
  • Injury prevention
  • Safety management and culture
  • Policy implementation
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodologies 

Grant/Project name


Funding body & A$ value


Focus (of research grant)

Reduce the crash involvement of taxis in Queensland: Situational Analysis and Crash and Exposure Analyses.

Wishart, D., Biggs, H., Filtness, A., Watson, A., Rowland, B. & Scramm, A.

Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) ($109,543)

2015 - 2017

Work-related road safety, safety management and human factors.

Gap Analysis of Traffic Control at Worksites Manual.

Debnath, A., Haworth, N., Rowland, B., Blackman, R., & Finley, M.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (TfNSW) ($49,239)


Road safety, traffic safety management, safety hazards and risk.

Literature review of Taxi Driver Fatigue

Smith, S., Filtness, A., Rowland, B. & Haworth, N.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (TfNSW) ($39,267)


Driver fatigue, road safety management, work-related road safety.

Queensland Transport Industry Workplace Health Intervention

Sendall, M., Biggs, H., Fleming, ML., Rowland, B., Crane, P., & Ramsey, R.

Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Government. ($120,000)


Heavy vehicle road safety, health intervention, safety management.

Development of Work-Related Road Safety Tool Box Talks.

Rowland, B. & Wishart, D.

Queensland Department of Education and Training, Queensland Government. ($23,400)


Safety information, road safety, road safety education and training, road safety intervention.

Development of Intervention Guidelines for Work-Related Drivers Targeting Low Speed Vehicle Run-Overs of Young Children.

Davey, J., Rowland, B. & Freeman, J.

Queensland Injury Prevention Council. ($29,109)


Road safety, injury prevention, low speed runovers of young children.

Research areas

  • Road Safety
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Drug Driving
  • Medicinal Cannabis and Driving
  • Injury Prevention
  • Human Factors
  • Road Safety Management and Culture

Sendall, Marguerite CBrodie, AlisonMcCosker, LauraCrane, PhilFleming, Mary-LouiseBiggs, Herbert, & Rowland, Bevan. (2021) Truckies and the Australian transport industry: Managers' perspectives about enablers and inhibitors to workplace health promotion. Work68(1), pp. 161-169.


Wishart, D., Rowland, B. & Somoray, K. (2019). Safety Citizenship Behavior: A complimentary paradigm to improving safety culture within the organizational driving setting. In Ward, N., Watson, B. & Fleming-Vogl, K. (Eds.) Traffic Safety Culture. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. USA.


Sendall, M., McCosker, L., Crane, P., Rowland, B., Fleming, M-L. & Biggs, H. (2018). Using Facebook for health promotion in “hard-to-reach” truck drivers: Qualitative analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(11), Article number: e286 1-11.

Wishart, D., Somoray, K. & Rowland, B. (2017). Role of thrill and adventure seeking in risky work-related driving behaviours. Personality and Individual Differences, 104, pp. 362-367.


Langdon, R. R., Biggs, H. C., & Rowland, B. (2016). Australian fly-in, fly-out operations: Impacts on communities, safety, workers and their families. Work, 55(2), pp. 413-427.


Sendall, M., Crane, P., McCosker, L., Biggs, H., Fleming, M., & Rowland, B. (2016). Workplace interventions to improve truck drivers’ health knowledge, behaviours and self-reported outcomes. Road & Transport Research, 25(1), pp. 31-43.


Dr Bevan Rowland's specialist area of expertise is transforming research into practice. Bevan's major areas of knowledge include human factors, psychosocial issues, and organisational safety systems research across a range of safety critical domains including, road safety, workplace safety and heavy vehicle safety.

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