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  • New PhD Scholarship on Multimodal Public Transport Systems - closes: 4 September 2016
    04 Sep 2016

    The University of Sydney Business School and MetroTrains, in collaboration, are offering a PhD scholarship at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) to work on a project focused on Multimodal Public Transport systems. The scholarship is for a research student interested in a public transport focused topic that addresses key challenges in the sector. In particular, we are interested in a research area that investigates the multimodal connectivity between metropolitan rail and means of transport to serve rail stations. Innovative solutions using smart technology such as Uber-style booking system are of special interest.
     
    The applicant should have a strong Honours 1 or 2A degree (or equivalent) or Masters-level degree. Although any disciplinary background is in principle acceptable for this scholarship, we encourage applications from graduates in economics, applied mathematics, civil engineering, quantitative geography, transport planning and engineering. The research work will require skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods. Candidates will receive research training through the Business School’s research training program.
     
    The successful applicant will also need to meet the academic entry requirements and follow the procedures for enrolment in the University of Sydney Business School Higher Degree by Research program (http://sydney.edu.au/business/study/research/entry_requirements). Candidates must commence by 1 March 2017 (Research Period 2). The award cannot be deferred.
     
    The scholarship is valued at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt) and may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The scholarship is paid as a stipend on a fortnightly basis. This scholarship does not cover any tuition fees payable by candidates although exceptional international applicants may be considered for a fee award. There are also funding opportunities to attend one conference per year and other expenses linked to the PhD program. ITLS offers opportunities to engage in research with academics in ITLS.
     
    Applications
     
    Applications should be emailed direct to Professor David Hensher david.hensher@sydney.edu.au by 5pm, 4 September 2016.

    To apply, please include:

    1) Academic transcripts,
    2) Curriculum Vitae,
    3) Details of two academic referees familiar with your studies, and
    4) A cover letter indicating your interests in this research area and why you consider yourself suitable for the scholarship.

    Further details: http://agile2.ucc.usyd.edu.au/ro/opportunities/scholarships/1737


  • Australians prepared to tolerate longer city commutes – national survey
    06 Apr 2016

    Australians are prepared to tolerate a daily commute to work of about 37 minutes each way according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    Commenting on the latest Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS), the Director of the ITLS, Professor David Hensher, said the findings “could have a significant bearing on the way that liveable cities are planned”.

    “There has been a great deal of talk about the 20-minute city with every suburb within a short commute to everyday services and jobs,” Professor Hensher said. “However, this survey offers up the idea of the 40 minute commute city (at least as a starting aspiration).”

    The survey also found that commuter tolerance is relatively constant across the country with Western Australians the most intolerant (an average of 34 minutes) and New South Wales commuters the most tolerant (an average of 40 minutes).

    The latest TOPS also looked at experience with traffic congestion and the extent to which delays are caused by vehicle accidents or breakdowns in contrast to the volume of traffic. Those surveyed claimed that one in four of their daily trips suffered from traffic congestion caused by vehicle accidents or breakdowns.

    “This new evidence indicates that there could be a substantial improvement in the performance of the road network if these contributors to traffic congestion are removed,” said Professor Hensher.

    In addition, the latest TOPS survey reveals that Australians are becoming less confident about transport in their local area and across Australia.

    The TOPS confidence index in relation to local transport has fallen from 100 points in March 2010 to 47 in March this year. The confidence index related to transport Australia wide has fallen from 100 to 46 over the same period. The decline in confidence has accelerated since September 2013.

    TOPS is the only national survey to measure public opinion on transport related issues.

    Read the March 2016 report


  • ITLS Orientation Session
    01 Apr 2016

    The ITLS Orientation Session was held on Friday 26th February in the new Abercrombie Building.

    The bi-annual orientation session offers a chance to meet ITLS teaching and administration staff, provides valuable guidance on our subjects and programs along with guidance on what students can expect in studying with us.


  • ITLS to co-host 6th IEEE International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Sciences (24-27 July 2016)
    07 Mar 2016

    From 24 to 27 July this year ITLS will co-host the 6th IEEE International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Sciences (LISS 2016) with Beijing Jiao Tong University.

    The conference is a prime international forum for both researchers and practitioners to exchange the latest advances in logistics, informatics and service sciences. In previous years (2011-15) LISS was held in Beijing (China), Reading (UK), Berkeley (USA) and Barcelona (Spain), respectively. More than 1,000 authors from 35 countries attended these conferences.

    LISS 2016 will be held at the University of Sydney Business School’s CBD campus, with satellite sessions in Beijing Jiaotong University, China. The topics of the conference include service science, service innovation, service engineering, service marketing, ERP, E-commerce, low-carbon logistics, low-carbon transportation, green construction, enterprises informatics, logistics informatics, logistics and supply chain management, information and communication technology, and other related areas.

    Further details

    The 3rd Industrial Economics System and Industrial Security Engineering conference (IEIS 2016) will be held concurrently.

    The call for papers for both conferences closes on 15 March 2016:


  • New ITLS Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World (Edward Elgar Publishing)
    25 Feb 2016

    The Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World is edited by ITLS' Professor Michiel Bliemer, Professor Corinne Mulley and Dr Claudine Moutou who also contributed to chapters in the handbook. A number of other ITLS academics contributed chapters to the handbook: Dr Matthew BeckProfessor Stephen Greaves, Professor David Hensher, Adjunct Professor John Stanley, and Emeritus Professor Peter Stopher. The full contents of the handbook are listed below.

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    This Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of all of the major factors that underpin our understanding of urban and transport planning in the developed world. Combining urban and transport planning in one volume, the chapters present the state of the art as well as new research and directions for the future. The contributions from leading international academics at the forefront of their fields consider transport and urban planning from a number of different perspectives including historical, policy and strategy dimensions, appraisal and financing of options, planning and design of urban areas and the management of transport and urban systems. Examples and practical guides from the developed world are included along with a detailed discussion of the emerging issues.

    The Handbook provides an essential reference to all of the key points on the topic as well as signalling areas of concern and future research paths. Academics, researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners will find it a constant source of information and guidance. 

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    Critical Acclaim 

    The Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World... comprehensively covers many important topics relevant to transport practice in the early twenty-first century, ranging from the fundamentals of accessibility and demographics, through traffic operations, to economics and evaluation. It has value for any budding transport analyst, engineer, or planner entering the field, and for existing practitioners who want overviews of emerging topics and cutting-edge research by leading academics.
    David M. Levinson, University of Minnesota, US

    We live in an urban world that is undergoing rapid change. With an international galaxy of authors, the three editors have presented the key transport and urban planning theories and practices facing cities in developed countries, arguing consistently about the importance of land use and transport, and the strong links between urban form and efficiency. The coherence of thinking and consistency of message makes this book an authoritative addition to the literature.
    David Banister, Oxford University, UK

    Contents

    1. Introduction to Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World
    Michiel Bliemer, Corinne Mulley and Claudine Moutou

    PART I: OVERVIEW AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

    2. History and Theory of Urban Development
    John Betancur

    3. History and Theory of Urban Transport Planning
    Peter Stopher

    4. The Role of Accessibility in Urban and Transport Planning
    Bert van Wee and Karst Geurs

    PART II: ISSUES IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD

    5. Changing Demographics
    David Metz

    6. Technology and Social Media
    John Austin

    7. Urban Freight Distribution
    Tom Zunder, Paulus Aditjandra, Dewan Islam, Maciej Tumasz and Bruce Carnaby

    8. Reliability and Robustness of Transport Systems
    Fumitaka Kurauchi

    9. Parking
    Stephen Ison and Lucy Budd

    PART III: POLICY MAKING AND STRATEGY

    10. Stakeholders, Politics, and Media
    Rachel Aldred

    11. Institutional Frameworks
    John Stanley and Robert Pearce

    12. Policy for a Sustainable Future
    Stephen Greaves and John Stanley

    PART IV: APPRAISAL AND FINANCING

    13. Transport Economics and Pricing
    Kazuya Kawamura

    14. Risk Sharing in Public-Private-Partnerships
    Demi Chung and David Hensher

    15. Appraisal of Infrastructure
    Abigail Bristow

    PART V: PLANNING AND DESIGN

    16. Heritage and Urban Redevelopment
    Roman Klementschitz

    17. Placemaking
    Carey Curtis

    18. Transport Planning
    Luis Willumsen and Juan de Dios Ortúzar Salas

    19. Network Design for Road Transit Priority
    Majid Sarvi, Saeed Asadi Balgoee and Michiel Bliemer

    20. City Logistics
    Eiichi Taniguchi

    21. Built Environment and Travel Behaviour
    Veronique van Acker

    PART VI: MANAGEMENT

    22. Understanding Mega-Infrastructure Decisions
    Matthew Beck

    23. Traffic and Mobility Management
    Michiel Bliemer

    24. Flexible Transport Management
    John Nelson

    25. Managing On-Road Public Transport
    Graham Currie

    26. Vehicle Automation and Transport System Performance
    Gonçalo Homem de Almeida Correia, Dimitris Milakis, Bart van Arem and Raymond Hoogendoorn
     


  • ITLS hosts delegation from City of Tshwane (South Africa) to provide academic insights into the design of a world class city
    17 Feb 2016

    On 17 February the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies hosted a delegation from the City of Tshwane (Pretoria, South Africa) at a meeting facilitated by Dr Claudine Moutou (Lecturer in Transport and Logistics Executive Programs, ITLS). The encounter was designed as an opportunity to share with the Tshwane delegation academic insights, from the Australian experience, into envisioning, designing, developing and maintaining a world class city.

    The Tshwane delegation consisted of senior executives involved in the City of Tshwane’s Executive Excellence Program. The program, implemented by the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, aims to provide senior executives with the opportunity to research, develop and pilot projects aligned to the City of Tshwane's strategy for 2055. The executive education program involves visiting three cities (Sydney, Copenhagen and Vancouver) so as to benchmark the City of Tshwane.

    Professor David Hensher (Director, ITLS) chaired the meeting and as part of the 'supporting spatial efficiency' agenda, gave a presentation on innovative developments in transport planning while Dr Matthew Beck (Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Management, ITLS) spoke on finding long-term solutions for financing infrastructure. Under the 'corporate governance' agenda presentations were given by the Business School's Adjunct Professor John Colvin on corporate governance and Professor Guy Ford (Director, MBA program, Business School) on financial sustainability.

    Dr Beck, commenting on what a positive experience the meeting had been for all involved said "Emerging economies like South Africa have a greater freedom to be innovative and apply best practices in a way that developed countries struggle with because of entrenched systems and processes and conventions of thinking. Today was an opportunity to share some academic insights into what that might be and by doing so hopefully the City of Tshwane can by-pass some of the inefficiencies of the learning process developed nations have gone through." Praising the success of the engagement Professor Hensher stated that this was "an example of the value of research in guiding real world policy".

    Engaging with business and governance issues in Africa is an area of growing interest at ITLS and the wider Business School and is part of our commitment to building an awareness of emerging opportunities, problems and challenges that different business environments face globally. ITLS already has established links with industry and academia in South Africa through ITLS Africa, a joint initiative between the University of Sydney and the University of Johannesburg, established in 2008.


  • ITLS contributes chapters to new book "Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit"
    01 Feb 2016

    A new book titled Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit: an international and interdisciplinary perspective featuring chapters co-authored by ITLS Professors David Hensher and Corinne Mulley - "Fare structures" Corinne Mulley (with Marco Batarce); "Preferences for BRT and light rail"  David Hensher and Corinne Mulley (with John Rose); "Designing a BRT-based network under integrated operations" Corinne Mulley (with Homero Larrain, Omar Ibarra and Juan Carlos Munoz), "Assessing corridor performance" David Hensher and Corinne Mulley (with Juan Carlos Herrera, Juan Carlos Munoz, Zheng Li and Luis Antonio Lindau) - is now available to purchase through The University of Chicago Press at a discounted rate (USD $57.50, reduced from USD $115) until 10 April 2016, using the promotional code PR50BRT.

    Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is increasingly being discussed as an affordable way for cities to build sustainable rapid transit infrastructure. This is the first book to examine the opportunities presented by BRT along with the significant challenges cities face in the implementation of successful systems. The difficulties can be myriad: new institutional relationships have to be developed among governments, operators, and the public; projects have to be designed and implemented to handle large passenger flows in the most efficient manner possible; and these changes are not taking place on a blank slate, but with.in existing transportation systems, political and cultural contexts, and urban development patterns. Addressing these challenges from an international perspective and across a range of disciplines, from urban planning to public policy and economics, contributors offer technical solutions to specific problems and identify what still needs to be done to realize their vision of global sustainable transport.

    This is a must-read for those who wish to invest the time, intellectual energy, and building of political will
    required for BRT to help foster more sustainable cities.

    Fred Salvucci, former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation

    A very thorough and comprehensive review of the role of BRT, drawing on a wide range of in-depth research. Set in a broader institutional and policy context, the issues discussed are of wider application to public transport operation as a whole.
    Peter White, University of Westminster, UK

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  • ITLS congratulates our latest PhD graduate, Dr Asif Ahmed
    28 Jan 2016

    Asif’s doctoral thesis title is “Human Energy Expenditures and Travel Time Budgets”. His research explores the cause of stability in travel-time expenditures for an individual.

    Asif Ahmed

    Asif’s doctoral thesis title is “Human Energy Expenditures and Travel Time Budgets”. His research explores the cause of stability in travel-time expenditures for an individual, which is seen to be invariant within the context of geographic location and time, and which is commonly known as the ‘travel-time budget’. The greatest strength of this thesis lies in its empirical contribution to address and explore new insights on travel behaviour, travel-time and travel-energy expenditures through the use of a novel multi-day, multi-period panel GPS data set. This research thus uncovers a very fundamental aspect from human physical respects that have considerable implications in transport policy and practice.

    Asif graduated in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh and also holds a Master of Transport Engineering from Hiroshima University, Japan. His master’s research focused on environmental emissions from transport and has been published in international journals.

     

    Asif has had a blended career in the industry and research environment for the past fifteen years. Prior to joining ITLS as a PhD candidate, Asif worked in Bangladesh in various consulting positions within government and private organisations.

    Asif worked in the Bangladesh Roads and Highways Department for five years as a Transport Infrastructure Engineer where his responsibilities included planning, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of roads, bridges and highways.

    Asif’s PhD supervisors were Professor Peter Stopher and Professor Stephen Greaves  and he is now working as a Transport Planner in the City of Sydney Council.

    Information on ITLS’ Postgraduate Research program


  • Transport the focus when Business School welcomes High Commissioner of Mauritius
    27 Nov 2015

    The High Commissioner of Mauritius has visited the Business School to discuss opportunities for the Mauritian academic community to link into the transport and infrastructure research expertise.

    Meeting of High Commissioner of Mauritius

    Pictured, left to right: Professor David Hensher, His Excellence The High Commissioner Patrick Cavalot, Dr Claudine Moutou, Dr Rico Merkert, Roger de Robillard (Australia Africa Business Council), Professor Michael Bell and Dr Edward Duyker (Department of French Studies)

    The High Commissioner of Mauritius, His Excellency Patrick Cavalot, has visited the Business School to discuss opportunities for the Mauritian academic community to link into the transport and infrastructure research expertise.

    Researchers from the Business School met with His Excellency yesterday to forge research and training connections on issues of maritime, aviation, public transport and infrastructure investment issues.

    With Mauritius playing an increasingly important role in facilitating infrastructure investment in Africa, Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the Business School, said the University was delighted to welcome His Excellency Patrick Cavalot.

    “Building research linkages is key to enriching our world class centre of teaching and learning at the University of Sydney Business School. We are honoured to welcome the High Commissioner of Mauritius to the Business School community.”

    The meeting was facilitated by Dr Claudine Moutou from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) and Barrister-at-law Roger de Robillard from the Australia Africa Business Council.

    Also speaking as a member of the Mauritian diaspora in Australia, Dr Claudine Moutou said the meeting was an opportunity to identify areas of shared interested with the High Commissioner.

    “Working closely with academics in Mauritius it is clear that there are many mutually beneficial research and teaching opportunities that could be developed,” she said.

    “The University of Sydney’s ITLS expertise in all modes of transport, supply chains and infrastructure could make an extremely valuable contribution to Mauritius in its role as the logistics and finance hub of the Indian Ocean.”

    Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, Professor David Hensher, in welcoming the High Commissioner and his colleagues, said that “this meeting was an important first step in building a strong partnership with Mauritius in research training and cooperative endeavours. Mauritius plays a significant role in facilitating infrastructure investment in Africa, as well as being an important logistics and finance hub.”

    “We already have strong links with Africa through our partner institute, ITLS Africa, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Our meeting with the High Commissioner sparked a number of exciting possibilities, all of them keeping with our reputation for doing research which has relevance to governments, industry and community.

    “ITLS has been an Australian Key Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Research for transport, infrastructure and logistics since 1995.


  • Dates announced for 2016 Discrete Choice Analysis Course: Models, Estimation and Applications - 20 June to 24 June 2016
    20 Nov 2015

    Almost without exception, everything human beings undertake involves a choice. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the development and application of quantitative statistical methods to study choices made by individuals or groups with the purpose of gaining a better understanding both of how choices are made and of forecasting future choice responses. This course will provide participants with an introduction to the main techniques of discrete choice analysis and the design of stated choice experiments. The techniques taught are applicable to research across a broad range of fields in which consumer demand and choice is of interest, including: accounting, economics, engineering, environmental science, finance, health services, logistics, marketing, planning, transportation, and tourism. The course is intended for academics and practitioners in government and industry.

    Full details will be available here shortly.


  • Showcasing the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) in Sydney
    12 Nov 2015

    On Wednesday 11 November the Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies (ITLS) Sydney showcased their new
    premises in Darlington to The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILTA).

    ITLS is a renowned international centre of thought leadership in the crucially linked areas of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management. ITLS focuses on providing impartial, evidence based research on the 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.

    Recognised as an Australian Key Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Research since 1995 ITLS holds the Australian government’s highest possible rating (ERA 5) for a research institute – well above world standards. Our students doing taught Masters programs and research degrees are of the highest quality.

    Guests were welcomed by Professor David Hensher and then received presentations by six ITLS research students covering the full range of CILTA interests.

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  • Successful completion of the GS1 Academic Certificate Workshops in ITLS6004 in Semester 2, 2015
    09 Nov 2015

    The GS1 Academic Certificate workshops were successfully held in Semester 2, 2015 as part of an ongoing collaborative relationship between ITLS and GS1 Australia.  The certificate is an integral component of ITLS6004 Warehouse and Inventory Management and introduces students to global standards for identifying, capturing and sharing information across the supply chain. Since GS1 has the unique position of managing these standards globally, they are able to bring a wealth of experience into the classroom. Working with practical case studies, students gain insights into the challenges of improving and ensuring visibility of warehouse and inventory management processes across industry sectors.

    The workshop was incorporated into logistics and supply chain management program in 2013 and since then the numbers have grown significantly. With 94 students participating in the workshops this semester, the sessions had to be held over two consecutive weekends. Upon successful completion of ITLS 6004 and a post-workshop online component from GS1, students will be awarded the GS1 Academic Certificate.

    As noted by Terry Papadis, Manager, Education and Training, GS1 Australia, this continues to be a positive experience for both organisations: “The workshops were another living example of the quality of the relationship between ITLS and GS1 Australia. Both organisations strive for originality and excellence in the content and delivery of our academic programs and in that endeavour we have found the support of Professor Hensher, Dr Bhattacharjya and their team invaluable. From my personal experience with this year’s cohort of students, I am impressed with their academic standard and their ability to rise to the challenges set by the GS1 Certificate workshop, their ability to work in a compressed timeframe and produce quality presentations that have industry credibility and relevance.”

    The certificate is a good fit with the practical and technology oriented nature of the overall unit of study as noted by Long Sha, a student in the Master of Commerce program: “The Warehouse Management course (ITLS6004) gave me a very different experience, as it delivers knowledge and experience in a comprehensive structure. Jyoti invited guest speakers all the time, providing insightful and internal views of the business. In the lab, the SAP skills and concepts, which are interchangeable and adaptable to many other industries and businesses, are delivered and explained to me in an interactive manner. This really helped me learn and grasp the general idea in short time and will benefit me in real life business and other fields of study. In the GS1 Workshop, I have learnt skills and ways of thinking that will help not only in my academics but also for the rest of my life. Terry encouraged and challenged me all the time and offered help and advice to help me break through to the next level. Overall, this course gave me a challenging but interesting experience and provided me with valuable knowledge and skills that can be used outside this course.”


  • ITLS success at ATRF 2015 Conference
    06 Oct 2015

    ITLS staff and students achieved notable success at the 37th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) held in Sydney from 29th September – 2nd October, 2015.

    In total, 14 papers and posters were contributed by ITLS of which two received conference awards. Research student, Ines Osterle received a runners-up prize in the David Willis best poster category for the poster entitled “Did car travel reach a peak in Australia? An analysis of the factors driving a decline in per capita kilometres travelled”. Professor Stephen Greaves presented and was co-author on the winning paper of the inaugural Lindsay Oxlad best paper for transport modelling and analysis. The paper, led by Dr Brett Smith from University of Western Australia (UWA), also involved Dr Doina Olaru and Fakhra Jabeen from UWA and was entitled, “Electric Vehicles Adoption: Environmental Enthusiast Bias in Discrete Choice Models.” Papers are currently being collated by the conference organisers and should be available shortly.

     

    The conference itself, was a great success. The ATRF community are extremely thankful to the team at UNSW and Transport for New South Wales, who ensured the continuation of this important forum for transport researchers and practitioners to come together and share ideas and innovations. Moving forward a national scientific committee has been formed to oversee the technical program and review process, leaving the host city, Melbourne in 2016, to focus on the local organisational functions. We hope this important change will lead to the continued strengthening and sustainability of the conference in the future.


  • Public backs rail over buses
    29 Sep 2015

    As Sydneysiders get ready for work to begin on the Sydney Light Rail project this week, the latest Transport Opinion Survey shows the public lacks faith in the ability of governments to deliver transport improvements.
    Read the full story


  • ITLS recipients of “PhD scholarships in food and beverage supply chain optimisation”
    07 Sep 2015

    The PhD scholarships awards in food and beverage supply chain optimisation were officially conferred in the “Business School Award Night” on 07 September 2015.

    Niles Perera (right), Meysam Arvan (middle) and Jason Hurley (left)
     were the three recipients.

    “The ARC Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation” aims to train the next generation of multidisciplinary researchers capable of designing and managing food and beverage supply chains. Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia from the University of Sydney in collaboration with the University of Newcastle has established this centre in partnership with CSIRO, Georgia Institute of Technology, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Coca-Cola Amatil Australia, SunRice, the Batlow Fruit Co-operative, and Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing.

    The three scholarship recipients will work under supervision of Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia on supply chain management projects at Coca-Cola Amatil (Meysam Arvan and Jason Hurley) and SunRice (Niles Perera).


  • David Hensher speaks to media in chile on public transport reforms in Santiago
    05 Sep 2015

    As part of the 14th International Conference on  Competition and Ownership of Land Passenger Transport (The Thredbo Series) that  was co-founded by Professor Hensher, and hosted in Chile by the Pontificia  Universidad Catolica de Chile in September, the main newspaper of Santiago  interviewed David Hensher together with Michele Dix (CEO of UK Cross Rail 2) and  Fred Salvucci (MIT and previous Massachusetts Politician). David was asked to  comment on and make suggestion about the Santiago public transport system,  especially the bus services that are not performing well at all.The problem is  in large part is due to the very few operators (all large) who are ignoring any  directives from Government to improve services and Government is worried about  the disruption risk if they sanctioned or removed such operators. In the next  reform review period commencing in 2017, David recommended that the government  replace a few very large operators with more smaller operators as a way of  placing competitive pressures on non-performing operators. In addition the  government through its regulator must show greater leadership and be tough with  non-compliant operators. A separate meeting with the Minister of Transport and  Communications reinforced the position David took in addressing the media.

    Read the original story. (Spanish)


  • University of Sydney Lecturer Deployed as Part of Red Cross Efforts in Nepal
    18 Aug 2015

    When a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015, the University of Sydney’s ITLS specialist in disaster & humanitarian aid logistics was quick to respond. 

    When a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015, the University of Sydney’s ITLS specialist in disaster & humanitarian aid logistics was quick to respond.  Jersey Seipel, the Universities lecturer in this area, is also a member of the New Zealand Red Cross IT and Telecommunications Emergency Response Unit (ERU).  This highly specialised rapid response team provides assistance immediately after large-scale, sudden onset emergencies, such as the Christchurch Earthquake or the Vanuatu Cyclone.  On stand-by as soon as a call for help is received, the members of the ERU typically deploy within 2 to 3 days after the initial damage assessments have been analysed as part of the International Red Crosses recovery efforts.  Usually, communication networks and infrastructure are severely affected during disasters, yet without reliable communications the coordination of humanitarian aid becomes extremely challenging.  It is therefore vital to reconnect computer networks, uplink satellite phones, restore mobile phone connections and re-establish radio communications with outlying stations.  In addition, the multitude of international humanitarian aid agencies rushing to a disaster scene also heavily relies on solid and dependable information and communication capabilities.  Without the IT and Telecom ERU, their task would be even more difficult.

    Jersey Seipel has been a humanitarian aid worker for over a decade and coordinated relief operations mainly in Africa and Asia.  Recognised as one of the leading experts in his field, he is also a member of the editorial board of the academic Journal for Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  Jersey will be back in Sydney in September to teach ITLS6007 disaster Relief Operation.

    Below, Jersey (on the left) is pictured in Kathmandu warehouse with colleague Mike Mandini of the American Red Cross amidst some of the ERU’s equipment.


  • Business School acts to meet growing demand for supply chain experts
    12 Aug 2015

    The Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is offering restructured degree courses in logistics and supply chain management in response to an unmet demand for specialists in the increasingly complex field.

    The Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is offering restructured degree courses in logistics and supply chain management in response to an unmet demand for specialists in the increasingly complex field.

    The internationally respected ITLS says that 65 percent of all management level positions advertised in Australia require some logistics and supply chain skill.

    The Institute’s supply chain management degree program, offered at Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate levels, is the only one of its kind in Australia to focus on quantitative analysis. The program includes “real world” experiential learning through case studies and practical problem solving.

    “We are offering specialist skills to existing or aspiring professionals that will allow them to apply the concepts, techniques and principles that underlie good logistics and supply chain management,” said Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia who is the ITLS’ director of logistics and supply chain management programs.

    The degree program’s core units of study cover the foundations of logistics and supply chain management, supply chain planning and design, contemporary procurement, warehouse and inventory management, global freight logistics management, and global value chain networks.

    “Students in these courses will learn how to use system approaches to tackle supply chain integration and coordination challenges,” said Associate Professor Fahimnia.

    “They will also gain insights into relationships between business processes within and between organisations, how to manage the effects of current and future trends in supply chain management on business processes and to mitigate supply chain risks,” he said.

    A range of elective units provide students with an opportunity to study green operations and reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics, geographic information systems, aviation and maritime logistics, and infrastructure project appraisal and decision making.

    “Logistics and supply chain graduates are in high demand in the private and public sectors here and around the world,” Associate Professor Fahimnia said.

    “Examples of the rewarding career opportunities for graduates within this diverse field include procurement manager, supply chain analyst/manager/director, logistics manager, export manager, operations manager, shipping coordinator, and freight manager,” he concluded.


  • Stakeholders deliberate on national transport planning database
    11 Aug 2015


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  • ITLS Industry Insight event
    06 Aug 2015

    Program Directors, A/Prof Behnam Fahimnia and Dr Matthew Beck, introduce a new series of events called 'ITLS Industry Insights'. The first event of the series was held on Thursday, 6 August at 4pm in Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre.

     High-profile industry executives were invited to speak to our postgraduate students about industry trends and growth areas as well as career pathways and approaches to maintain professional development. The session is video recorded and will be turned into a podcast so that our students can have access to via blackboard and listen to in their own time.

     
    From left: Carlee McGowan - National Supply Chain Manager, Coca-Cola Amatil, Behnam Fahimnia - Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programs, ITLS, Ben Sullivan - NSW Group General Manager, Veolia Australia & New Zealand,  Jemma McLeod - Senior Media and Communications Officer, Transport Workers Union,  George Gerovasilis - Director of Supply Chain, OPTUS


  • Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies again recognised as a world leader in transport research
    04 Aug 2015

    The Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) has won another prestigious international award recognising its ground breaking research into travel behaviour.

    The Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) has won another prestigious international award recognising its ground breaking research into travel behaviour.

    The coveted Eric Pas Dissertation Prize was presented to the Institute’s Dr Adrian Ellison by the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR) during its recent London conference.

    Dr Richard Ellison received an ‘Honourable Mention’ for his work in the field of travel behaviour.

    “The ITLS has again scooped the awards at the most prestigious of all the international conferences in the field of traveller behaviour research,” said the Institute’s founder and director, Professor David Hensher. “The ITLS has now taken out more doctoral prizes globally than any other research group of its kind.”

    The IATBR has presented the Institute with three first prizes (Sean Puckett in 2006, Andrew Collins in 2014 and Adrian Ellison in 2015) and two honourable mentions (Mathew Beck in 2014 and Richard Ellison in 2015) over the past ten years.

    Professor Hensher, who is widely regarded as a pioneer in travel behaviour research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

    Established in the early 1970, the IATBR is an international organization of scholars, researchers, practitioners, consultants, and public agency professionals dedicated to the advancement of travel behaviour research.

    The IATBR serves as a forum for those interested in the study of travel choices by people and businesses with the aim of forecasting and meeting travel demands.

    “This award is welcome international recognition of the Business School’s commitment to research which adds value to the community and business by informing public policy,” said the Business School’s Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell. “I congratulate Adrian and Richard on their outstanding contribution in this vital field.”


  • GST Card would make tax fairer – expert
    04 Aug 2015

    Amid the ongoing political debate over the Goods and Services Tax, a senior economist at the University of Sydney Business School has called for the introduction of a GST card which would allow GST charges to vary in line with the holders income.

    Amid the ongoing political debate over the Goods and Services Tax, a senior economist at the Business School has called for the introduction of a GST card which would allow GST charges to vary in line with the holders income.

    Professor David Hensher says the card would overcome concerns about the regressive nature of the GST and its disproportionately high impact on low income individuals and households.

    The Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird, recently proposed an increase in the GST from 10 to 15 per cent as a means of meeting spiralling education and healthcare costs.

    Professor Hensher’s proposed GST card would operate at the point of purchase in the same way as existing swipe cards and would indicate a GST level of between 10 and 15 per cent based on Federal Government means testing.

    “Built into the card is a code related to a prior means test, which indicates eligibility for a particular GST charge,” he explained. “It could vary anywhere from 10% to 15% on specific purchases and even be exempt on other purchases.”

    Professor Hensher says that the card could also be used to set a GST level in non-electronic cash and cheque transactions with the amount recorded on a receipt.


  • ITLS scoops PhD awards at IATBR conference
    23 Jul 2015

    ITLS has again scooped the awards at the most prestigious of all the international conferences in the field of Traveller Behaviour research. Two prizes are awarded for the Eric Pas Dissertation Prize. Dr Adrian Ellison was announced as the first prize recipient at the IATBR conference in London on July 23rd for his PhD titled 'Evaluating changes in driver behaviour for road safety outcomes: a risk profiling approach', advisors: Prof. Stephen Greaves and Prof. Michiel Bliemer; and Dr Richard Ellison was the Honourable Mention recipient for his PhD titled 'Understanding dynamic responses to mitigation policies for intra-urban road freight emissions', advisors: Prof. Stephen Greaves and Prof. David Hensher.

    This makes ITLS the most successful group globally in the last 10 years in winning the PhD prizes - three first prizes (Sean Puckett in 2006, Andrew Collins in 2014 and Adrian Ellison in 2015) and two honorable mentions (Matthew Beck in 2014 and Richard Ellison in 2015). David Hensher received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award (which was awarded this year to Dan McFadden, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics).


  • New edition of Applied Choice Analysis by Professors David Hensher, John Rose and William Greene
    17 Jul 2015

    The second edition of this popular book, published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK), brings students fully up to date with the latest methods and techniques in choice analysis. Comprehensive yet accessible, it offers a unique introduction to anyone interested in understanding how to model and forecast the range of choices made by individuals and groups. In addition to a complete rewrite of several chapters, new topics covered include ordered choice, scaled MNL, generalised mixed logit, latent class models, group decision making, heuristics and attribute processing strategies, expected utility theory, and prospect theoretic applications. Many additional case studies are used to illustrate the applications of choice analysis with extensive command syntax provided for all NLOGIT applications and datasets available online. With its unique blend of theory, estimation and application, this book has broad appeal to all those interested in choice modelling methods and will be a valuable resource for students as well as researchers, professionals and consultants.

    Contents

    Preface

    Part I. Getting Started: 1. In the beginning; 2. Choosing; 3. Choice and utility; 4. Families of discrete choice models; 5. Estimating discrete choice models; 6. Experimental design and choice experiments; 7. Statistical inference; 8. Other matters that analysts often inquire about.

    Part II. Software and Data: 9. NLOGIT for applied choice analysis; 10. Data issues in NLOGIT.

    Part III. The Suite of Choice Models: 11. Getting started modelling: the workhorse – MNL; 12. Handling unlabelled discrete choice data; 13. Getting more from your model; 14. Nested logit estimation; 15. Mixed logit estimation; 16. Latent class models; 17. Binary choice models; 18. Ordered choices; 19. Combining sources of data.

    Part IV. Advanced Topics: 20. Frontiers of choice analysis; 21. Attribute processing, heuristics, and preference construction; 22. Group decision making; References; Index.

    Price

    Hardback £120.00
    Softback £55.00

    20% discount available with the attached flyer until 31 December 2015.


  • Professor Corinne Mulley part of winning ARC Linkage Project Grant team on alternative funding for public transport infrastructure
    15 Jul 2015

    Professor Corinne Mulley, ITLS Chair in Public Transport, in collaboration with colleagues at Griffith University, will partner with the Gold Coast Council, Council of the City of the Gold Coast, Queensland's Department of Transport and Mains Road, Transport for NSW, and Queensland Airports Limited to develop property value capture schemes to provide alternative funding for public transport infrastructure. The intention is to model the timing and spatial patterns of property value uplift from recent investments in rail, busways and ferries in Queensland and New South Wales. A survey will then be conducted of Australian stakeholders and discrete choice modelling to determine willingness-to-pay. This data is then expected to be used to develop an institutionally, legally and politically feasible scheme for implementation in Australia, focused on cases including extension to the Gold Coast light rail network. This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant of $217,964.00 over four years. 



  • ITLS moves to 378 Abercrombie Street on Camperdown/Darlington (main) campus
    03 Jul 2015

    From Tuesday 7 July 2015 the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies will be based at our new permanent home at 378 Abercrombie Street, Darlington, Sydney, NSW 2008. Our phone numbers remain the same. 

    As of Friday 3 July 2015 our former location at 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD (St James Campus) is no longer accessible to our students and visitors.


  • New Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    30 Jun 2015

    Program Director, Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia

    Program Director, Associate Professor Behnam Fahimnia [R],
    launches the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    at the Postgraduate Information Session

    From January 2016 ITLS will offer a Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The degrees (which will replace ITLS current suite of logistics management offerings) will offer specialist skills to existing or aspiring supply chain professionals in applying the concepts, techniques and principles that underlie logistics and supply chain management; the relationships between business processes within and between organisations; using systems approaches to solve business problems; and managing the effects of current and future trends in supply chain management on business processes.

    Core units of study will cover the foundations of logistics and supply chain management, supply chain planning and design, contemporary procurement, warehouse and inventory management, global freight logistics management, and global value chain networks. A range of elective units will offer students the opportunity to study green operations and reverse logistics, humanitarian logistics, global information systems, aviation and maritime logistics, and infrastructure project appraisal and decision making.

    These degrees will equip our graduates with a logistics and supply chain management skill set currently in high demand in the public and private sectors around the world. Examples of the career opportunities within this diverse field include procurement manager, supply chain director/manager, export manager, operations manager, shipping coordinator and freight manager.


  • Launch of automated GPS data processing software, G-TO-MAP (GPS Trips, Occupancy, Mode and Purpose)
    26 Jun 2015

    G-TO-MAP (GPS Trips, Occupancy, Mode and Purpose) is an automated GPS data processing software, which can process data streams from a GPS device (BTT-08) that has been used to track a person’s or a vehicle’s movement.

    The software was developed at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies by Jun Zhang and Wen Liu, using a combination of Python and GISDK and is operated on the Maptitude software platform. Other GPS devices and smart phone data also could be processed by using an extra data regulator program.

    There are several processing steps for the software:

    • Split the data stream of locations into individual trips, visualise trips on Google Map;
    • identify the probable mode of travel being used for person trips;
    • detect car share; and
    • identify the likely purpose of travel.

    There are several processing steps for the software:
    The software can be run under windows XP and windows 7 and has been used for a large number of projects including:

    • The Vital Travel Survey for Future Planning, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2014
    • Stuttgart Services Study, University of Ulm, Germany, 2014
    • ARC Discovery Project, Travel Time Budget Analysis from Multi-Day and Multi-Year Data, 2012-2014
    • North Adelaide Travel Study, South Australia Department of Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure, 2012-2014
    • GPS-Based Household Interview Survey for the Cincinnati, Ohio Region, Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Research and Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 2009-2011
    • National Travel Behaviour Long Term Monitoring, 2007-2012
    • South Australia Short Term Monitoring Travel Survey, 2005-2007

    For further information, including licensing arrangements, contact Wen Liu wen.liu@sydney.edu.au.


  • University of Sydney Business School world leader in transport research – German study
    24 Jun 2015

    As Australia’s cities grow, car based transport is not sustainable according to the University of Sydney Business School’s Professor Corinne Mulley who has been named the world’s most productive researcher in the public transport field by the University of Hamburg.

    As Australia’s cities grow, car based transport is not sustainable according to Professor Corinne Mulley, who has been named the world’s most productive researcher in the public transport field by the University of Hamburg.

    A global study undertaken by the German University also found that the Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) was one of the most cited transport research institutions in the world, with a ranking in the top 5 globally.

    The Founder and the Director of the ITLS, Professor David Hensher was identified as one of the world’s most cited individual Transport researchers.

    Professor Mulley, holds the ITLS’s Chair of Public Transport, funded in large part by the New South Wales state government.

    Professor Mulley said that the findings of the University of Hamburg provided important recognition of the relatively young field of dedicated public transport research.

    “We are conducting applied research with real impact which is providing an evidence base for government aspirations related to public transport,” Professor Mulley said. “This is critical because car based transport is unsustainable into the future as our cities grow in size.”

    Welcoming the results of the German study, the Business School’s Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell, said it was important recognition of “highly innovative research which is informing and influencing organisational responses to the key challenges of the coming decades”.

    “The international study also makes it clear that the work undertaken by Professor Mulley, Professor Hensher and their ITLS colleagues is absolutely cutting edge,” Professor Whitwell added.

    The authors of the Hamburg report, Leonard Heilig and Professor Stefan Voss of the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Information Systems, singled Australia out for its high level of productivity in transport research. “We see that mostly the high productivity of a handful of scholars located in Australia contribute to the overall productivity,” they concluded.   


  • Latest edition of Bus Buzz Newsletter now available
    24 Jun 2015

    Bus Buzz is the quarterly newsletter from the public transport team at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    Read the latest edition of Bus Buzz - Issue 20, June
    2015

    View all Bus Buzz editions


  • New Book: Green Logistics and Transportation – A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective
    22 May 2015

    Green Logistics and TransportationITLS Professors Behnam Fahimnia, Michael Bell and David Hensher have edited a new book, with Professor Joseph Sarkis, published by Springer, on Green Logistics and Transportation - A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective. The book identifies and furthers the state of the art in green logistics and transportation with a supply chain focus. It includes discussions on concerns and linkages across policy, corporate strategy and operations and inter-organizational relationships and practices. Separate sections are assigned to discuss issues related to greening of logistics and transportation functions, including green logistics network, green land transportation and green air and water transportation. Linking research with practice is another important feature of the book as various techniques and research methodologies are utilized to explain and analyze green logistics and transportation concepts and issues. The authors come from throughout the world from a variety of backgrounds (e.g. policy, technical, engineering, and management backgrounds) to provide solutions and insights from their regional and global perspectives to some of the world’s most critical green logistics and transportation issues.


  • Launch of - THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX - new commentary series
    28 Apr 2015

    It is with a great deal of pleasure that I announce that ITLS is adding a new commentary series to its portfolio of engagement with the broader community of interests in the space of infrastructure, transport, logistics and supply chain management. While academic publications and reports are a very important outlet for high quality research including debates on themes with a rich policy and strategic value beyond theory, methods and evidence, there is room for a series of short poignant commentaries on themes that are of broad community interest. These are short pieces that can be digested through the many social media platforms and will focus on topics of currency that are also likely to be challenging and controversial – hence the titling of the series ‘Thinking outside the box’. It has all the elements of critical thinking and the ‘challenge of change’.

    We start the series with a piece by Dr Matthew Beck on fresh ways of focussing on the infrastructure deficit debate.

    THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

    Professor David Hensher
    Director, ITLS


  • ITLS RateIT project featured in University's INSPIRED campaign
    27 Apr 2015

    At the tap of an app: driving public transport forward


  • Professor Corinne Mulley on panel for 'I wouldn't start from here: towards the transport revolution Sydney needs' event
    23 Apr 2015

    This event, hosted by the Henry Halloran Trust, saw Dr Tim Williams, CEO of the Committee for Sydney and a part-time Principal with global consultancy Arup, give an overview of transport in Sydney and take questions from the panel, Professor Corinne Mulley, ITLS Chair in Public Transport and Liz Reedy of the Western Sydney Community Forum. 


  • Research Fellow, Dr Adrian Ellison wins prestigious early career award and Southeast Asia research grant
    10 Apr 2015

    Dr Adrian Ellison

    ITLS congratulates Research Fellow, Dr Adrian Ellison on being a recipient of the 2015 Freda and Len Lansbury Early Career Researcher Award for his project 'Assessing Driver Response to Safety Countermeasures in School Zones: A Driving Simulator Study”. Adrian shares the award with Anya Johnson from the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. It was a highly competitive round and after careful consideration the Business School Research Committee decided to share the award between these two outstanding projects.

    The Freda and Len Lansbury Early Career Researcher Support Fund was established in 2009 through a donation from Emeritus Professor Russell Lansbury of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. The scheme is named after the parents of Professor Lansbury who did not have the advantage of higher education but greatly valued the importance of opportunities for learning and research. Funding is available to any Early Career Researcher (ECR) in the University of Sydney Business School with the aim of providing opportunities to develop and strengthen their research.

    Dr Ellison has also recently won a competitive research grant from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Cluster Research for a project entitled ‘Exploring the Economic Behaviour of Taxi Drivers in Singapore’. The purpose of the SSEAC Cluster Research grants is to provide a pathway for new academic projects in/about Southeast Asia or for scholars who are engaging in the region for the first time.


  • Moving People: Solutions for Policy Thinkers - latest in BIC/ITLS policy series published
    08 Apr 2015

    This policy series is aimed at decision and policy makers, academics and students; the focus is land transport, land use, integrated planning and urban development challenges in Australia.

    The latest in the series is: Connecting neighbourhoods: the 20 minute city (March 2015)

    The policy series, authored by ITLS' Professor John Stanley, has been developed by the Bus Industry Confederation of Australia (BIC) and ITLS. The series addresses specific subject matters and issues raised in the BIC’s previous reports: Moving People - Solutions for a Growing Australia (May 2010) and Moving People - Solutions for a Liveable Australia (December 2012). Four out of the six paper series have been published with two more to follow. The other published papers are: 

    Pricing opportunities for Australia: paying our way in land transport (March 2014)

    Sustainable transport in Australian cities: targeting vehicle kilometres of travel (June 2014)

    Public transport: funding growth in urban route services (October 2014)


  • ITLS delivers Retail Logistics short course at Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
    01 Apr 2015

    Gareth Jude and Tom Nurre

    Gareth Jude (L) with Tom Nurre of Yusen Logistics


    Students of the EMBA Retail Logistics Course with lecturer Gareth Jude (centre)

    Students of the EMBA Retail Logistics Course with lecturer Gareth Jude (centre)

    This is the fourth consecutive year that ITLS has delivered a Retail Logistics short course in the EMBA programme of the Overseas Education College of Jiao Tong University (SJTU); the oldest and most prestigious university in Shanghai. The EMBA Retail Logistics course attracts a varied cohort of students. Most are practitioners in some part of the supply chain with a high proportion of students being senior managers or business owners. The course was designed by ITLS lecturer Gareth Jude with this student cohort in mind, focusing on collaborative models of supply chain management, e-commerce logistics and future trends in retail logistics.The course was met with great enthusiasm and engagement throughout the three days.

    Three of the students came from Yusen Logistics, an American based logistics company with significant business in China. Three senior employees funded themselves on to the course which caught the attention of a senior executive, Tom Nurre (pictured), who travelled from Hong Kong to attend Saturday’s class. He was so impressed that he has agreed to offer scholarships for his team to attend the course in future.

    During the course, Jon Devine of Lenscrafters, China gave a very engaging presentation to the students on the logistics challenges his company faces in expanding their footprint from 275 to 500 stores over the next two years. The scale of manufacturing and logistics conducted by Lenscrafters in China is quite extraordinary. Their factory in Dongguan produces 100,000 spectacle frames per day for some of the most famous optical brands in the world like Ray Ban, Oakley, Chanel, Ralph Lauren etc.

    During his visit Gareth Jude met with Dr George Wang, Dean of the Overseas Education College who facilitate the course for SJTU, who was very complimentary about the course and said that he looked forward to continued collaboration with lTLS in the future.


  • Despite political promises Confidence in a brighter transport future plummets - latest TOPS survey results
    30 Mar 2015

    TOPS 2015 graph

    Most Australians are not expecting any improvement in Australia’s roads or public transport services despite repeated promises made by both sides of politics, according to the latest Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS).

    The nationwide transport confidence index as measured by the regular TOPS survey has plummeted by nearly fifty percent since the end of 2013.

    "Despite promises of significant investment in transport infrastructure, the public is clearly disappointed with their governments’ inability to make a noticeable difference to roads and public transport," said the Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.

    On an index established at 100 in March 2010, public confidence in an improvement in local transport over the next year now stands at 54, down from 94 at the end of 2013.

    Public confidence in an improvement in transport conditions nationwide in the next year has fallen from 104 to 56 while confidence in an improvement over the next five years has fallen since 2013 from 101 to 65 points on the TOPS index.

    The most pessimistic states were South Australia and West Australia.

    Better public transport remained the travelling public’s top priority.

    The wide ranging TOPS survey also found that while many people would like to ride a bicycle to work or school, safety worries discouraged them from doing so. About a third of survey participants indicated that they were interest but also concerned about aggressive driving behaviour, heavy traffic and a lack of bicycling infrastructure.

    The survey found that only two per cent of Australians were "strong and fearless" when it came to bicycle riding while seven per cent regarded themselves to be "enthusiastic and confident".

    "There remains a significant challenge to provide appropriate road space and education of car and truck users so that there is a much safer environment for non-motorised modes of transport to support healthier lifestyles," said Professor Hensher.

    TOPS is the only national survey to measure public opinion on transport related issues. The first 2015 report is at: http://sydney.edu.au/business/itls/tops


  • Professor John Stanley appointed to Victorian Planning Minister's key committee of advisers for new Plan Melbourne
    27 Mar 2015

    John StanleyITLS' John Stanley, Adjunct Professor and Bus Industry Confederation Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Land Transport, has been appointed by Victorian Minister for Planning, the Honourable Richard Wynne, to serve on a key committee of advisers to a refreshed Plan Melbourne document. Professor Stanley served on the former expert Ministerial Advisory Committee that developed the original plan; this committee is to be reconvened. Chaired by Roz Hansen, Professor Stanley will be joined on the committee by Brian Haratsis, Chris Gallagher, Tony Nicholson, and Bernard McNamara.

    Professor Stanley served nine years as Executive Director of Bus Association Victoria, after eight years as Deputy Chairman of the National Road Transport Commission. He has been a member of the Committee for Melbourne's Transport and Climate Change Task Forces, the Vicurban Board, the Urban Renewal Authority Victoria Board, the Victorian Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council and is now a board member and Chair of ADC Forum, an Australian leadership development group, and a director of Road Safety Inspections P/L. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to public transport and conservation.

    The first release of the draft version of Plan Melbourne attracted 450 submissions and had benefited from the involvement of 10,000 Victorians. However, Richard Wynne has stated that “Planning is about people, and the community was largely ignored in the first version of Plan Melbourne.’ He asserts that “A renewed Plan Melbourne will give a long-term vision for housing Victoria’s growing population, increasing jobs and liveability, integrating public transport and infrastructure and deal with climate change.’ The Government will now release the public submissions on the draft and "get new advice that reflects the weight of submissions, the right priorities and key long-term projects". New community consultation on a refreshed Plan Melbourne will be completed by the second half of this year.The new plan is expected to be incorporated into the Planning Scheme in the first quarter of next year.


  • ITLS Board of Advice member wins global Onassis Prize for Shipping
    25 Mar 2015

    Trevor HeaverEmeritus Professor Trevor Heaver of Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and ITLS Board of Advice member since 2005, has been awarded the 2015 Onassis Prize for Shipping as a joint recipient of the prestigious international award for lifetime contributions to the field.

    The $200,000 Onassis Prizes are given out once every three years to leading researchers of shipping, finance and international trade. Heaver is sharing the shipping award this year with globally renowned maritime economist Martin Stopford.

    “Heaver has long been a highly valued and distinguished member of Sauder’s research community and this recognition is very well deserved,” says Sauder’s Dean Robert Helsley, Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy.

    Heaver introduced courses on international shipping and logistics to the University of British Columbia in the 1960s and has conducted extensive research on the railway industry and transport policy as well as shipping and logistics.

    Heaver is widely recognized in the field of transport economics and logistics. He was a founding member of the World Conference on Transport Research and of the International Association of Maritime Economists. Having represented UBC as chairman and president of the two bodies, he helped elevate the global stature of UBC and Vancouver in the field. He was elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and although retired he has undertaken teaching and research assignments in Australia, South Africa, and Europe.

    “I am particularly pleased to receive this award as an academic based at UBC,” says Heaver. “It reflects a belief that I and others have had since the 1970s that maritime economics is a global industry requiring a truly global community of researchers and academics. I am very glad to have helped bring this vision to reality.”

    “I have enjoyed the support of colleagues and enthusiastic students at UBC and of the maritime industry and federal government programs. This support was essential to establish Vancouver as an internationally recognized centre for maritime economics. The leadership of former students in corporate management, and of broad economic rather than corporate interests, led to the policy changes enabling international shipping to be based in Vancouver. It was an innovation from which we still benefit,” he says.

    Heaver also notes that the recognition helps him to advocate for continued innovation and related supply chains in Canada. “I would like to see Canada step up its innovation in logistics and in collaboration among governments, industry and universities. It is my hope that the current review of the Canada Transportation Act, chaired by the honourable David Emerson, will examine the leadership of government in transport and logistics innovation and find that targeted, collaborative research initiatives are warranted."

    The winners of the three Onassis Prizes – in shipping, finance and international trade – were announced March 20 in London, UK. The prize is awarded by the Cass Business School in London and sponsored by the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, bestowed by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in memory of his son Alexander. The award was judged by a panel of highly regarded academics that included two Nobel laureates.


  • New book promotes community collaboration as a way to meet infrastructure challenges
    23 Feb 2015

    A new book, ‘Paying Our Way on Infrastructure: New approaches', has been launched by the Honourable Nick Greiner and Jim Betts, CEO of Infrastructure NSW, during the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Forum at the University of Sydney Business School's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).

    A new book, ‘Paying Our Way on Infrastructure: New approaches', has been launched by the Honourable Nick Greiner and Jim Betts, CEO of Infrastructure NSW, during the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Forum at the University of Sydney Business School's Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).

    A culmination of reports from the recent ADC Forum Infrastructure and Cities Summit in Sydney, the book challenges the current infrastructure model and presents a brave new approach to funding and financing.

    Current infrastructure decisions tend to revolve around a back and forth tug of war between planners and politicians. The ADC proposal suggests a model whereby governments submit proposed plans to a community body, and capital is raised by the people, allowing communities to have a say in infrastructure planning. The rise in self-managed super funds is making this easier achieve.

    "The publication makes exciting new connections between infrastructure financing, building social capital and strengthening communities," said ADC Forum Chair and Adjunct Professor at the ITLS, John Stanley.

    "It opens up opportunities for people to be more directly involved in creating the future communities in which they will live, often working alongside their local and state governments. This can be transformational in local place making and in building more sustainable cities. The book builds on ADC Forum's significant work in bringing together leaders from all sectors to tackle the issues which are critical to the future of our nation and the world."

    Christopher Selth, Chair, ADC Forum Global Issues Group and Principal Author said, "we are facing a challenge in how to generate the infrastructure that is needed by our community, given limits on what government can do. This book explores some specific proposals to better meet that challenge. These are interesting in themselves, but have the potential to produce new solutions to the problem; enabling the community, through new engagement tools, to create assets it could finance by investing part of its own pension savings. This could mark a significant reworking of how we face these issues going forward."

    "The book is of interest to policy makers, business and finance, but most importantly, to community members who want to find new solutions to this major challenge," he continued.

    The model has generated significant interest worldwide. A development framework has been established in collaboration with global partners and the ADC Forum to progress its ideas further.

    "This initiative grew out of pioneering work done by a Working Group established by the ADC Forum, as part of its wide-ranging programs to help leaders make better decisions," said Professor Stanely. "ADC Forum's initiatives question conventional wisdom, provoke debate and build greater understanding about the profound, complex and interconnected challenges facing Australia and the world."

    The ADC Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1996 by the Australian members and participants of the World Economic Forum.


  • Dr Claudine Moutou wins Teaching Innovation Fellowship
    10 Feb 2015

    ITLS congratulates lecturer Dr Claudine Moutou on winning a Business School Teaching Innovation Fellowship for her proposal 'Conflicting messages? Exploring how we prepare multidisciplinary students for ethical dilemmas in interdisciplinary settings?'. The aim of the proposal is to find ways to support Masters students to achieve learning outcomes related to ethical and social responsibility in particular in relation to ethical dilemmas in interdisciplinary work settings. The project will focus on conflicts or ambiguity caused by different disciplinary perspectives and encouraging reflective assessment of how our teaching prepares students for real-work problems.


  • Professor David Hensher, Director of ITLS, presented ITEANZ's 2015 Contribution to the Transport Profession Award
    04 Feb 2015

    ITLS colleagues congratulate Professor Hensher

    Professor Hensher at the ITEANZ annual breakfast meeting.

    Over their annual breakfast meeting at the RACV Club in Melbourne's CBD, the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (Australia & New Zealand section) presented Professor David Hensher with the ITEANZ 2015 Contribution to the Transport Profession Award. The event was attended by over 100 guests from the transport profession and wider community including the guest speaker, the Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety and Minister for Ports. Professor Hensher was presented his award by ITEANZ President, Nick Szwed.

    The award is a personal award to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to the transport profession in Australia and New Zealand over a significant time. The contribution to the profession may be in the areas of transport research, strategies, projects, programs, administration or education. It may be in the fields of traffic or transport engineering or transport planning. The award recognises significant contribution to the community through endeavour in the transport profession at a national or international level; advancement in the practice of the transport profession; and personal commitment to, and standing in, the industry. Nominations for the award are judged and determined by a sub-committee made up of ITEANZ executive board members and other senior transport professionals. 

    The evening before the breakfast meeting Professor Hensher delivered a seminar at RMIT entitled 'Where Next for Road Authorities?' which focussed on the key areas of: improved traffic assignment modelling for transport planning; road pricing reform; and education for transport professionals. Please click here for the seminar slides.


  • Professor David Hensher, Director of ITLS, achieves 25,000 citation milestone in Google Scholar
    03 Feb 2015

    David Hensher Research by Professor David Hensher, the founder and current Director of the Business School's globally recognised Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), has been cited in more than 25 thousand scholarly articles worldwide.

    Professor Hensher is only the second researcher at an Australian business school to reach 25 thousand citations as monitored by Google Scholar.

    One particular research book, ‘Stated choice methods: analysis and application', has been mentioned nearly 4,400 times. The book, first published in 2000, deals with the study and prediction of consumer choice behaviour.

    The Dean of the Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, described Professor Hensher's professional milestone as a "significant accomplishment" and said "it clearly illustrates his major impact in the field of transport, econometrics and choice modelling."

    Professor Hensher also sees the citations as international recognition of his "state-of-the-art and state-of-practice contribution", as well as the quality of research undertaken by the ITLS.

    ITLS colleagues congratulate Professor Hensher

    ITLS colleagues congratulate Professor Hensher

    "It reflects the amazing environment that we have built up over 25 years which encourages excellence by balancing teaching, quality research and community engagement," he said.

    "The citations reinforce the well known fact that the ITLS is a major global player and is recognised by so many people who look to us for inspiration in our research, much of which has real policy relevance in addition to adding scientific value to the literature," he concluded. "ITLS is in the top group of research institutes of its kind in the world."

    Professor Hensher was this week presented with the 2014 Institute of Transportation Engineers (Australia and New Zealand) Transport Profession Award, recognising his "significant contribution to the development of the transport/traffic engineering profession over a sustained period".

    View Professor Hensher's Google Scholar profile.


  • Discrete Choice Analysis Course: Models, Estimation and Applications - 29 June to 3 July 2015
    02 Feb 2015

    Almost without exception, everything human beings undertake involves a choice. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the development and application of quantitative statistical methods to study choices made by individuals or groups with the purpose of gaining a better understanding both of how choices are made and of forecasting future choice responses. This course will provide participants with an introduction to the main techniques of discrete choice analysis and the design of stated choice experiments. The techniques taught are applicable to research across a broad range of fields in which consumer demand and choice is of interest, including: accounting, economics, engineering, environmental science, finance, health services, logistics, marketing, planning, transportation, and tourism. The course is intended for academics and practitioners in government and industry.

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  • ITLS academics present at TRB 94th Annual Meeting
    15 Jan 2015

    The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. at its new venue, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from 11 to 15 January 2015. The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology.

    Academics from ITLS presented the following papers:

    Identifying preferences for public transport investments under a constrained budget
    David Hensher, Chinh Ho, and Corinne Mulley

    Do people’s perceptions of neighborhood bikeability match reality?
    Liang Ma and Jennifer Dill (Portland State University)

    Identifying resident preferences for public transport investments: a buy-in perspective
    David Hensher, Chinh Ho, and Corinne Mulley