Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

Our vision is to improve accessibility for people, goods and services that aligns with efficiency, fairness, resilience and sustainability.

The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), a centre of the University of Sydney, located in the University of Sydney Business School, is a renowned international centre of thought leadership in the crucially linked areas of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management. We focus on providing impartial, evidence based research on these key facets of Australia’s economic competitiveness, environmental prosperity and social wellbeing, with a view to informing the management and policy directions of industry and government.

Established as a University Centre in 1991 and recognised as an Australian Key Centre of Excellence of Teaching and Research in Transport Management since 1995 (in collaboration with the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University) and with a partner institute, ITLS Africa, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa (established 2008), we hold the Australian government’s highest possible rating (ERA 5) for a research institute – well above world standards.

ITLS is home to some of Australia’s, and the world’s, leading academics in transportation, logistics and supply chain management. We enjoy frequent visits from internationally renowned scholars and practitioners who teach in the graduate programs and work on collaborative research projects. In addition to a strong industry program (including bus and coach operator accreditation) and executive courses, we offer a fully integrated and articulated coursework and research program for graduates and non-graduates with industry experience. Our alumni serve in senior management and advisory positions, within Australia and internationally, for prestigious organisations and as senior executives in national and state governments.

ITLS enjoys a high level of research success both in terms of winning highly competitive grant and contract funding from government and industry and in its influence on policy and practice by the dissemination of research outcomes through: publication in prestige international journals and an extensive working paper series; presentations and workshops at global conferences; active engagement with industry and government; and through a highly successful leadership and policy seminar series which draws speakers of renown from around the world to talk about their latest cutting edge research and attracts audiences from academia, industry and government. ITLS has extensive links to leading transport, logistics and supply chain institutes around the world and in Australia including quality partnerships that have been forged with government and industry.

Our Board of Advice actively supports the continued development and utilisation of ITLS as a centre of excellence adding value to the community. The academic and commercial membership of the Board gives a broad network for the sharing of expertise and experience.  

The Director of the Key Centre and of ITLS is Professor David Hensher who is regarded as one of Australia's most eminent transport academics and someone in high demand as an adviser to industry and government.

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Governance and Reporting

The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies is established as a University Centre under the University of Sydney's Centres and Collaborative Networks Policy and as an Australian Key Centre of Excellence of Teaching and Research in Transport Management under the Australian Research Council's Key Centres of Teaching and Research scheme. Continuation of Key Centre status is through the Australian Research Council's approval of an annual report detailing the outputs and operations of the Institute.

» Review the Annual Reports of the Institute