Basar Demir


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Research areas: Human Factors, Road Safety, Road User Behaviour and Behaviour Change, Applied Social Psychology

Current Projects: Culture-based cognitive styles in drivers and implications for traffic safety; Deterring mobile phone use while driving: Systematic intervention design


Basar joined HFASt as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in April 2022, to investigate cultural and habitual factors associated with distracted driving, under the supervision of Professor Birsen Donmez. Basar received his B.A. (2009) in Psychology and Business Administration (double major), and M.A. (2012) in Social and Organizational Psychology from Koc University, Turkey. Then, he earned his Ph.D. degree (2017) from Middle East Technical University, Turkey under the supervision of Turker Ozkan with his dissertation entitled “The Social Psychological Predictors of Pedestrian Behaviors.” He has been working as an Assistant Professor in Akdeniz University, Turkey, since 2018.   

He is interested in applying social psychological theories and perspectives in understanding and changing road user behaviors, and knowledge synthesis in this domain. He has experience in planning, conducting, and analysis of survey research; conducting systematic reviews, such as scoping review and meta-analysis; and grant application.