Personnel and organization

SWOV offers a healthy research climate and an open and collegial working atmosphere. The researchers are from various academic backgrounds, such as physics, mathematics, psychology, sociology, mechanical engineering, social geography and civil engineering. Multidisciplinary teams work together to achieve the ultimate goal: prevent crashes, reduce injuries and save lives! The researchers are supported by dedicated colleagues in Operational Managemant and Communications.

In 2019, 6 employees left and 8 new employees were recruited. On the reference date 31 December 2019, 57 employees had an employment at SWOV. The employees at SWOV are represented by the SWOV works council.


Dr. Peter van der Knaap has been SWOV's Managing Director since 1 June 2013. Together with the Board of Supervisors (RvT) he is responsible for the strategy and position of SWOV and ensures that the organization has a solid financial basis.

To guarantee the quality of its research, SWOV uses the input of highly-qualified external experts as members of the Scientific Advisory Board (WAR) and the Program Advisory board (PAR).  SWOV invites experts who are active in various sectors in the field of traffic and road safety as members of these boards.

​The organizational chart shows the organizational structure of SWOV on 31 December 2018, and the place in the organization and responsibilities of all SWOV employees.

Organization diagram 31 December 2019

In 2019, a reorganisation occurred at SWOV: the two – relatively large – research departments have divided into four smaller ones. 

  • Infrastructure and Traffic
  • Road User Behaviour
  • Human Factors and Vehicle Automation
  • Data and Analysis for Policy

Preferably, SWOV research is multidisciplinary. The research projects are collaborative, combining the various expertise from the four research departments.