News and Events

  • ITLS contributes chapters to new book "Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit"
    25 Aug 2015

    A new book on Bus Rapid Transit   will be launched at the 14th International Conference on Competition and  Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo 14) in late August. The book "Restructuring public transport through Bus Rapid Transit: an international and interdisciplinary perspective" features chapters by ITLS Professors David Hensher and Corinne Mulley.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • 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.

    Further course details

    Register and pay on-line


  • 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