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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 ( 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 should be emailed direct to Professor David Hensher 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:

  • Community Transport sector scholarships announced
    24 May 2016

    ITLS are pleased to announce that in partnership with Transport for NSW, four full-fee scholarships have been awarded to individuals in the Community Transport sector to attend the upcoming Certificate of Transport Management (CTM) course.

    The Community Transport sector is growing in importance, and with that comes new expectations. The CTM provides an important opportunity for Community Transport Organisations’ students to gain higher level skills and knowledge important in the running of public transport bus operation.

    Congratulations to the following scholarship winners.

    • Robyn Houston of Mercy Services Community Transport.
    • Michael O’Connor from Oxley Community Transport Service
    • Mark Scheuer of St George Community Transport
    • Sharon Tibbs of GoCo Community Care

    The applications all demonstrated the potential to learn significantly from undertaking the CTM.  It was difficult to choose just four scholarship winners. It is hoped that unsuccessful applicants will be able to attend the CTM at the reduced cost ITLS has now offered, in recognition of the many good applicants for scholarships.

  • Australian airlines amongst the world’s most efficient and resilient - study
    24 May 2016

    Australia’s major airlines are amongst the most efficient in the world and well positioned to manage fluctuations in the market and volatile oil prices, according to researchers at the Business School’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).
    Read the full story

  • Companion to Road Passenger Transport History awarded RCHS' Road Transport History Book of 2016
    25 Apr 2016

    On 25 April 2016 the UK's Railway and Canal History Society (RCHS) awarded the Road Transport History Book of 2016 prize to Roads and Road Transport History Association's (RRTHA) The Companion to Road Passenger Transport History edited by Professor Corinne Mulley and Martin Higginson.

    The photo shows Martin Higgison and Ken Swallow (head of the Editorial Group) receiving the award from the RCHS' President, Graham Wild. The prize is a handsome certificate, which it is proposed to display at the Kithead Trust, Droitwich and a cash award of £300, which will be devoted to an appropriate and lasting project at Kithead.

    The ‘Companion’, is the result of over a decade’s work by the Editorial Group and a team of some 150 authors, each experts in their respective fields. Particular credit is due to John Hibbs, the first chairman of the Editorial Group and his successor Ken Swallow; to Richard Storey for initiating the idea of following the RRTHA’s earlier Companion to the Road Haulage industry (Science Museum, 2002) with a passenger transport equivalent; and to Corinne Mulley, who was editor until handing over to Martin Higginson on her re-location to ITLS. Simon Blainey’s role as project manager was invaluable in handling the vast quantities of data and information; and in being by far the most computer literate member of the team. John Hibbs died in 2014, but was fortunately well enough to enjoy the launch event in Birmingham during the last year of his life. 

    This is the second encyclopaedic work of reference prepared by the RRTHA and follows the Companion to British Road Haulage History. It spans almost two centuries of the development of British road passenger transport, from horses and the first mechanically powered trams and buses to hybrids and hydrogen buses; and from stage coaches to motorway express services. The volume comprises some 850 entries, covering all forms of public passenger transport by road: buses, coaches, trams, taxis, as well as minor modes such as rickshaws and sedan chairs, approached from many different perspectives, including vehicles and technology, operators, services, legislation, regulation, key individuals, the industry's customers and cultural aspects; and technologies in use and developed during the period covered. Coverage of operating businesses includes the public and private sectors, British and foreign ownership, company, municipal, nationalised and privately owned businesses.

    Copies of the 'Companion’ are available from MDS Books.

  • 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


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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 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

    Further information 

  • 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