Professor Simon Washington


School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54498


Simon Washington is Professor and Head of School, Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. He is recognized internationally for his contributions in the fields of behavioural econometrics applied in the areas of transport and urban planning, transport safety and risk across all travel modes, and travel behaviour. He is Associate Editor or Editorial Advisory Board Member on six leading international transport journals (Korean J Trans Eng; J of Anal Meth in Acc Res; Accident Analysis and Prevention; Journal of Transport and Health; Transportation Research Part A; and Journal of Sustainable Transportation). He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and a 2nd edition of a textbook adopted in over 20 countries, and 6 book chapters. He has been lead investigator on more than $26 Million on externally supported research and has secured nationally competitive research grants in Australia including the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council, and the Cooperative Research Center, and in the US from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration. Prior to joining UQ he served on the faculties of the Queensland University of Technology, UC Berkeley, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been visiting professor at Ajou University (South Korea), University of Sydney, and Loughborough University (UK).

Research Interests

  • Transport planning
  • Behavioural econometrics applied to transport
  • Transport safety
  • Travel behaviour
  • Transport sustainability

Research Impacts

Professor Washington has worked to shape the state of the practice in transport safety management since 1990. He has contributed significantly to the education of transport engineering and planning students, with particular attention paid to developing the analytical and research skills of these students. He has also been active in the areas of transport behaviour analysis, transport planning, and transport health.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Lord, Dominique and Washington, Simon (2018). Conclusions and future directions. Transport and sustainability. (pp. 451-458) edited by .United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. doi:10.1108/S2044-994120180000011023

  • Washington, Simon, Afghari, Amir Pooyan and Haque, Mohammed Mazharul (2018). Detecting high-risk accident locations. Safe Mobility: Challenges, Methodology and Solutions. (pp. 351-382) edited by .Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. doi:10.1108/S2044-994120180000011018

  • Veeregowda, Babu and Washington, Simon (2009). Probability and statistics for engineers. Transportation engineering handbook. (pp. 126-164) edited by .Washington, DC, United States: Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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