"Don't wait for accidents to happen"

BAX, Charlotte


Born: 1973, the Netherlands


• 2011 Doctor (Dr.)/PhD, Governance studies, Road safety Radboud University Nijmegen

• 1999 Propaedeuse cum laude (= completion of 1st year), Study of Law Utrecht University

• 1996 MA/Drs, Governance studies Utrecht University

Professional activities

• 1999-present

Senior researcher and project leader at SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research

Project coordination and research on road safety policy, implementation, safe freight transport, road safety benchmarking, safety policy of insurance companies, secretary of SWOV Programme Advisory Board

• 2003-present

Teacher of the course Road Safety Policy for 4th years students, since 2011 also tutor for 3th years internships at Hogeschool NOVI

Teaching and supervising

• 1997-1999

Policy official local social services at Municipality of Lopik

Design and implementation of new policies on the policy field of social services

Main areas of interest

• Skills: project management, teaching

• Expertise: public administration sciences/governance studies, road safety of freight transport, road safety for insurance companies, road safety for local and regional governments


Bax, C., Leroy, P. & Hagenzieker, M.P. (2014). Road safety knowledge and policy: A historical institutional analysis of the Netherlands. In: Transportation Research Part F, vol. 25, p. 127-136.

Bax, C., Wesemann, P., Gitelman, V., Shen, Y., et al. (2012). Developing a road safety index. Final report. Deliverable 4.9 of the EC FP7 project DaCoTA.  European Commission, Brussels .

Bax, C.A. (2011). Policy instruments for managing EU road safety targets: carrots, sticks or sermons? : an analysis and suggestions for the USA. Leidschendam, SWOV .

Bax, C.A. (2011). Processes and patterns : the utilisation of knowledge in Dutch road safety policy. Proefschrift Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Leidschendam, SWOVSWOV-Dissertatiereeks – ISBN 978-90-73946-00-2.

Bax, C. Jong, M. de & Koppenjan, J. (2010). Implementing evidence-based policy in a network setting : road safety policy in the Netherlands. In: Public Administration, Vol. 88 (2010), No. 3 (September), p. 871-884.

Bax, C. Elvik, R. & Veisten, K. (2009). Knowledge utilisation in road safety policy : barriers to the use of knowledge from economic analysis. In: Knowledge, Technology & Policy, Vol. 22 (2009), No. 4 (December), p. 275-285.

Wegman, F. Aarts, L. & Bax, C. (2008). Advancing Sustainable Safety : national road safety outlook for The Netherlands for 2005-2020. In: Safety Science, Vol. 46 (2008), No. 2 (February), p. 323-343.


SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research
PO Box 93113
2509 AC The Hague
The Netherlands

Mail:    charlotte.bax@swov.nl
Tel:      0031-70-3173368
Linkedin: nl.linkedin.com/pub/charlotte-bax/16/854/19b/