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Dr Bevan Rowland

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

  • Senior Research Fellow
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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).

Since commencing at the RSRC (2021), Bevan has lead research projects in medicinal cannabis, drug driving, driver fatigue, driving impairment on Queensland beaches (South East Queensland and regional areas), and collaboration with Police in Central Queensland on a variety of projects.

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

Research areas

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


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

Recent Publications

  • Love, S., Rowland, B., Stefanidis, K.B. & Davey, J. (2022). Contemporary drug use and driving patterns: A qualitative approach to understanding drug-driving perceptions from the context of user patterns. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, paac095, https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paac095
  • Love, S., Rowland, B., Stefanidis, K.B. & Davey, J. (2022). Are Current Drug Driving Enforcement Strategies Achieving the Desired Effect? Drug Users’ Perceptions of Drug Driving Legislation and Enforcement in Queensland. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11896-022-09542-6
  • Sendall, M. C., Brodie, A., McCosker, L. K., Crane, P., Fleming, M., Biggs, H. C., & Rowland, B. (2021). Truckies and the Australian transport industry: Managers’ perspectives about enablers and inhibitors to workplace health promotion. Work, 68(1), 161-169. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-203365
  • 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. C., McCosker, L. K., Crane, P., Rowland, B., Fleming, M., & Biggs, H. C. (2018). Using Facebook for health promotion in “hard-to-reach” truck drivers: qualitative analysis. Journal of medical Internet research, 20(11), e286. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.9689



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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