Leadership and Policy Seminar Series

Established in 2003, the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series benefits from leading national and international experts (CEOs, Visiting Professors etc) speaking on topical transport and logistics issues relevant to business and academia. The seminar series attracts a broad audience from industry, government and academia as well as our own faculty and research students. Seminars are usually one hour long including the presentation and time for Q&A.

Our seminar convenors are Professor Corinne Mulley, Chair in Public Transport and Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management. As seminars are confirmed details are listed below.

Seminars are normally held fortnightly on Tuesdays, between March and November (with a break in July), from 11am to noon with coffee and tea available from 10.30am. The venue is: Lecture Theatre 1, Level 1, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD. See directions.

Invitations are sent to our mailing list at least one week in advance. Seminars are free, however, an RSVP is required, so please respond to the seminar invitation. Join our seminars mailing list.

Stephen Greaves

Date: 3rd Mar 2015 11:00 am

Speaker: Stephen Greaves, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

Topic: Electric Vehicles: Is Australia Ready?

Abstract: Driven by sustainability objectives, Australia like many nations in the developed world, is considering electric vehicles as one possible option alternative to conventional vehicles. After providing an overview of the general state-of-play in the electric vehicle market, this seminar assesses (hypothetically) the practicalities of meeting current vehicle needs in Sydney with electric vehicles under various recharging and vehicle range configurations. The main conclusions drawn are that from a pragmatic perspective, electric vehicles with a range of 60-100 km range would suffice for the majority of day-to-day city driving and recharge time in itself has little impact because vehicle spend the majority of their time parked at home. The seminar goes on to consider the implications of these practical findings for Australia and considers policy options for lowering many of the current barriers to wider adoption.

Bio: Stephen is a Professor in Transport Management and Director of the Business School Doctoral studies program. He has a wide range of transportation-related teaching expertise, and currently co-ordinates the transport policy and GIS units. Stephen's current research is focused around the health/environmental/safety impacts of transport, active travel including cycling, and innovative travel data collection methods using the latest technologies. Stephen currently holds a major ARC Linkage grant, advises two PhD students, provides media commentary on a range of transport-related issues and was co-chair of a major international conference on survey methods held in Australia in 2014.

David Borger

Date: 21st Apr 2015 11:00 am

Speaker: David Borger, Western Sydney Business Chamber

Topic: How the West was won! The challenges in getting the green light for an airport in Western Sydney

Abstract: Badgerys Creek airport has been arguably the most controversial transport infrastructure project in recent history.  This presentation will outline the role of advocacy and grass roots leadership in changing opinion and building support for critical infrastructure.

Bio: David Borger is the Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a division of NSW Business Chamber.

In this role, Borger advocates for the needs of leading businesses in the Western Sydney area, helping set the policy agenda and promote discussion on issues that contribute to economic activity and growth in Western Sydney.Prior to this, he served as Minister for Housing, Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Roads as well as assistant Minister for Transport in the NSW Government.

As Housing Minister he oversaw the construction of approximately 9,000 new social housing dwellings - including 6,300 through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan. David has also worked as an Urban Planner and adviser to the Minister for Planning.

He was also the youngest person, at 30 years of age, to hold the office of Lord Mayor of Parramatta where he served for three terms.