"Don't wait for accidents to happen"



Born 1947 in Boulogne Billancourt, France                                                                           Nicole


  • 1970 Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris (Civil Engineering and Urban Planning)
  • 1972 Post-Graduate Degree in Statistics, University Paris VI
  • 1973 Graduate Degree in English, University Paris VII

Professional activities

Research activities:

  • from 1970 to 1973: Research engineer at APUR (Paris City Planning Office)
  • from 1974 to 1986: Researcher at ONSER, the French National Organization for Road Safety (now integrated to INRETS)
  • from 1986 to 1999: Head of INRETS Research Project on Integrated Safety Management in Developing Countries
  • from 2001 to July 2004 : Scientific Adviser for prospective and knowledge consolidation in road safety, Scientific Directorate of INRETS
  • from 1984 to 2004 : permanent Expert of The World Health Organisation (Accident Prevention)
  • since 1999 : Head of WHO Collaborating Centre on Road Trauma Prevention (in INRETS)
  • since July 2004 : Researcher at UMRESTTE (Joint Department for Epidemiological Research and Surveillance in Transport, Work, and the Environment, INRETS-UCBL-InVS).

Teaching activities:

  • In France e.g. from 1978 to 1989, courses on pedestrian safety and urban safety management in the permanent Education Department of the National College for Road Engineering, ENPC, Paris ; since 1999, courses on road safety diagnosis and management, same organization.
  • In France : in 1991, organization of an international Traffic Safety Management Training Workshop in Paris (INRETS). Since 1998, annual course on road safety management at the international Summer University on Transport Economics of LET, the Laboratory of Transport Economics, Lyon.
  • Abroad : organization of Traffic Safety Management Training Workshops in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (1984), in Gdansk, Poland (1995), in Zhejiang, China (1998), in Ramallah, Palestine (1999). Since 1992, co-organisation, with Prof. Dinesh Mohan and Dr Geetam Tiwari, of a biannual international course on Road Safety and Transportation Planning, held in New Delhi, India (INRETS and TRIPP, IIT Delhi).


  • Member of six OECD Expert Groups from 1974 to 1998 (on pedestrian safety, safety for elderly road users, integrated urban safety management, safety in developing countries etc.).
  • Member of four WHO advisory groups on Road Traffic Injury Prevention from 1987 to 2002.

Main areas of interest

In France and Europe

  • Past research topics : road safety in urban areas, development of road safety methodologies (traffic conflict technique, diagnosis, evaluation)
  • Present and future research topics : methods for road safety management at the national and local levels, diagnosis and analysis ; epidemiological research on road trauma victims (social inequalities).

In low and middle income countries

  • Advisory work and research on road safety institutions and national programmes, road safety diagnoses, knowledge transfer.

Publications at ICTCT workshops

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