Important areas include evaluation of traffic safety measures, method development (especially meta-analysis and accident models), driver behavior models, evaluation of transport safety policy, and cost-benefit analyses of traffic safety measures. A central project is maintenance and development of the Traffic Safety Handbook, a reference work describing the effects of over 140 traffic safety measures.
The research area also promotes the use of knowledge, tools and practical expertise for the analysis and improved integration of safety and security in Norwegian transport organisations and systems. The group has developed the Safety and Environment Ladders as frameworks transport companies can use to structure how they manage the effects of their activities on driver and road user safety, and the environment.
The group uses system thinking to design, understand and increase the positive effect of structural and social changes in the system. The focus is on resilience – the system’s ability to monitor, respond, learn and predict in order to thrive.
Safety culture is an important part of this subject area. Culture is about how shared norms, attitudes and behaviour influence the use of technology, infrastructure and processes in the system. The group studies traffic safety culture, organisational safety culture and cyber security culture.