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What new aspects for knowledge production on road safety improvements? Road safety as knowledge and as practice: a socio-technical approach based on the conurbation of Paris

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Geo-spatial type
Network corridors
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

The aim of the study was to contribute to the emergence, valorisation and translation of available, but poorly visible, knowledge on road safety. The project focused therefore on involving actors which are currently not very visible.


The goal of the study was to widen the range of aspects offered to us to control the road risk, by promoting points of view which up to now have not been sufficiently taken into consideration. These points of view were made not only visible but also articulated and confronted publicly in order to allow the establishment of a list of safety-producing elements. This list was intended to contribute to the orientation of a tender document for later research.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
METLTM: Ministère de l'Equipement, des Transports, du Logement, du Tourisme et de la Mer (Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Housing, Tourism and the Sea):(1) DSCR (Road Traffic and Safety Directorate)(2) DRAST (Research Directorate)
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


The study was realised in two complementary and articulated stages:

  1. The first stage consisted of an exploratory phase of semi-directive interviews and ethnographic observations, aimed at highlighting poorly formalised knowledge obtained by a large variety of road system professionals. It equally concerned car industry and road construction engineers, traffic management professionals, motorway employees, equipment suppliers (e.g. traffic signals), members of accident victims' associations, police officers, etc. This first phase aimed to diversify the points of view on road safety and thus, to multiply the possible aspects that can be considered during the second phase.
  2. A second phase consisted of a series of thematic workshops in which the previously collected points of view will be put up against each other within the framework of a collective discussion. Recorded and re-transcribed, these discussions allowed the integration of the points of view and crystallise the agreements that were used for the establishment of a provisional list of elements which are needed, according to the participants, to create a safe road environment.


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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