Road Traffic Division

Road traffic division at Nord University Business School has the national responsibility for building competence and providing education for traffic related professions, such as driving instructors and driving examiners, in Norway. In addition to providing education, an important aim of the research group under the road traffic division is to conduct research in driving education, and road traffic and transportation topics. Building a bridge between education and research is an important mission of the section.

The research team includes researchers from different academic fields, such as pedagogy, psychology, engineering and law. The multidisciplinary and interactive nature of the research team contributes to the quality and variation of the conducted research. In addition, the road traffic division has some external research partners from different universities, governmental bodies and some public and private agencies.  

Central research areas

Pedagogical and Didactical Studies

Pedagogy is central to the traffic field and is also one of the core competencies of professionals in the field, as well as being central to higher education in general. A well-functioning driver education system is a prerequisite for traffic safety; therefore, it is important to conduct research on factors related to the driver education process from both a theoretical and practical perspective. The main research topics in this area include assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes, andragogy, student- and peer learning, the driver-education curricula, the driving tests, the implementation of different pedagogical, psychological and technological methods and means, such as the GDE – framework, and innovative supervision and teaching methods.  


Team
BRIT SOLLI ISACHSEN
Universitetslektor

Road User Bahaviour & Human Factors

The human factor is one of the most important factors when it comes to road-traffic accidents; therefore, in order to prevent accidents and reduce the accident risk in road-traffic it is critical to focus on the road user perspective. An important goal of the research conducted in this area is to focus on risky behaviours and risk factors for different road user groups (e.g. drivers, pedestrians, two-wheeler drivers) and investigate different psycho-social, cultural and organizational factors that might lead to risky traffic behaviors. In addition to road safety behaviors, focusing on travel behaviors among the road users, the interaction between different road users and the human-vehicle interaction are also among the prior research topics under this area.

Team

KATRINE GRINERUD
Stipendiat
Tlf: 74022793

Mobility, Infrastructure & Vehicle Technology

Innovative technologies will bring an unprecedented disruption in the transport sector in the next few years: faster internet access, 5G, self-driving technology, smart info-mobility, integrated transport solutions and artificial intelligence are to mention some of the upcoming innovations. Understanding the effects generated by them, also in light of historical perspective, is the core of this research area, which aims to develop knowledge on innovative and sustainable transport solutions, road and vehicle technology and their effect on road users and mobility in future years.

Team

Road Traffic Laws & Regulations

Road traffic law has been a central issue since the Storting in 1972 decided to establish a traffic-related environment for traffic teacher education in Stjørdal. Our research focuses on the entirety of the legislation, and whether the legislation safeguards safety, responsibilities and privacy. The development of automized and autonomous vehicles creates new opportunities and challenges in society. One key task is to put in place a law that will always safeguard security, division of responsibility and 

Team

Partnering, Leadership, Project Leadership and Strategic Management

Challenges in the public and private sectors often require interaction between many organizations to find good solutions, for example within transport, roads and construction, energy, oil, tourism, research and health. The challenges for the future can be local, national or international, in small or large businesses and include various topics such as innovation, business models, digitalization or safety management. Many of the sectors deliver strategic business results and create value in mutual projects. Interaction in projects often has the same characteristics and success factors, and strategic leadership, interdisciplinary expertise and project leadership are often required to succeed. Nord University at Stjørdal has international interdisciplinary research expertise relevant to these topics.

Team
KATRINE GRINERUD
Stipendiat
Tlf: 74022793