Past Seminars


Jean Shaoul

Date: 8th Feb 2011

Speaker: Professor Jean Shaoul, Professor of Public Accountability, Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

Topic: Evaluating the cost of public private partnerships in transport

Abstract: The turn to private finance via Public Private Partnerships has been justified in terms of providing the additional finance that the state could not provide and/or deliver value for money through the greater efficiency of and the transfer of risk and costs to the private sector. The ex post facto financial evidence from transport projects in the UK, in roads, rail and London Underground and road projects in Spain shows that: firstly a significant element of the charges, whether paid by the state or user, represents the cost of finance; secondly the cost of private finance is nearly double the cost of public finance; and thirdly this is underpinned by various forms of public support. Some of these deals have failed or had to be renegotiated. Not only do these findings undermine the arguments used to justify private finance, they also point to the way that transport policy in the future will be governed by the financial needs of the transport providers rather than the needs of the broader public and future generations. 

Bio: Jean Shaoul is professor of public accountability at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, where she analyses public finance and policy and the implications for taxpayers and the public. She has written and researched widely on the infrastructure industries, privatisation, the use of private finance in public infrastructure under the UK government’s Private Finance Initiative and Public Private Partnerships – a policy that is being adopted around the world with a particular focus on healthcare and transport financing. In the context of transport, she has written on: 

  • The use of private finance in rail: privatisation, rail leasing, post privatisation rail costs, and the London Underground and National Air Traffic PPPs 
  • The use of private finance in roads: the cost of DBFO road projects in Britain, the cost of private finance in Spain, the Skye Bridge PFI, the M6 Toll Road, etc. 

Other work has included: privatisation, particularly water and rail; healthcare financing - the restructuring of the health service in the 1990s, financing hospitals under PFI; private finance and accountability for public money; food safety; international regulatory reform, e.g., WTO’s GATS; and public expenditure.

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Trond Andresen

Date: 22nd Feb 2011

Speaker: Trond Andresen, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology; ARC Centre of Excellence for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Newcastle

Topic: Personal rapid transit via magnetic levitation

Abstract: A new and proven technology can in one go solve both in-city and intercity transportation problems: maglev-based personal rapid transit (M-PRT). Computer-controlled small two-person streamlined pods run on a guideway six meters above ground. The guideway is carried by utility poles. The structure is very slender and not visually intrusive because each pod is light. A pod hangs under the guideway, and slides along it without wheels and no contact. An extension of the pod inside the guideway levitates it by magnetic repulsion - a different, simpler and cheaper type of maglev method than that used in the very expensive German "Transrapid".

Bio: Trond Andresen is a lecturer in control systems at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Relevant transport-related activity: In 1990 he led the building of a hybrid vehicle demonstration vehicle, with a compressed natural-gas combustion engine, and battery power for the electric motor. He has since then written and lectured on electric vehicles on many occasions, also participating in popular science shows on Norwegian public-service TV. Trond is currently a participant in the SkyTran personal rapid transit project: automatically guided magnetically levitated modules for urban and intercity transport of people (and goods).

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Enrique Penalosa

Date: 11th Mar 2011

Speaker: Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor, Bogota, Colombia; President, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), New York

Topic: Mobility, Sustainability and Quality of Life

This presentation is a joint venture between ITLS-Sydney, Across Latitudes and Cultures - Bus Rapid Transit: Centre of Excellence for Bus Rapid Transit development (Santiago, Chile), the Bus Industry Confederation, the Major Cities Unit (Department of Infrastructure and Transport), and Infrastructure Australia.

Venue: The Snooker Room, Tattersall's Club, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Sandwich lunch provided from 12pm. Please RSVP by Wednesday 9 March, places are limited.

Bio: Enrique Penalosa is currently President of the Board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy based in New York. He has lectured all over the world in governmental, academic and citizens' forums. Mr Penalosa is an urban strategist whose vision and proposals have significantly influenced policies in numerous cities throughout the world. As former Mayor of Bogota, the 7 million inhabitants' capital of Colombia, Mr Penalosa profoundly transformed the city, turning it into an international example for improvements in quality of life, mobility and equity to developing world cities.

During his tenure as Mayor, Mr Penalosa created TransMilenio, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that is regarded as the world's best for its capacity, speed and cost efficiency. A similar system in Curitiba, Brazil, was its inspiration.

An accomplished public official, economist and administrator, Mr Penalosa served as mayor from 1998 to 2001. Mr Penalosa helped develop a model for urban improvement based on all people having equal access to quality transportation, education and public spaces. During his tenure, Mr Penalosa was responsible for numerous initiatives to make the city more pedestrian-friendly, including building hundreds of kilometers of protected bicycle paths, pedestrian-and-bicycle-only promenades, greenways and parks.

Mr Penalosa is a 2009 recipient of the Goteborg Award for Sustainable Development; past Award recipients of the prestigious award include Al Gore. He received the Stockholm Challenge Award for organizing a Car-Free Day in 2000, banning car use throughout the entire city for one weekday in the year. He also removed 40% of cars during regular peak hours as part of a license plate restriction program. Mr Penalosa's work and ideas have been featured in many international media including The New York Times, Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BBC World, PBS, and others.

Jeremy Goff

Date: 22nd Mar 2011

Speaker: Jeremy Goff, Chief Executive Officer; Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)

Topic: Continual integration - the challenge of the 21st century

Abstract: Population growth is an inevitable and positive factor in our future which, if effectively managed and supported, can build Australia’s prosperity. Policy decisions and investments must be made for the long term. The key to success lies in establishing a process of “continual integration” of public and private investment, public policy and public sector activities over a much longer time frame than is currently the case. This requires new approaches to governance and planning. Each policy direction, spending decision and infrastructure investment to be measured against the triple bottom line, and according to the interdependent impact each has on the other. Historically, Western Sydney has been a fertile source of examples of how to get it wrong. And how to get it right. 

Bio: Having been a senior executive at a major Australian multi-national corporation, a Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial Advisor in State and Federal Parliaments, an international management consultant, and a public relations consultant with one of Australia’s most influential firms, Jeremy is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

John Watkins

Date: 5th Apr 2011

Speaker: The Honourable John Watkins, Former NSW Minister for Transport and Deputy Premier (2005-2008)

Topic: What could have been: Lessons from four years as Transport Minister in NSW

Bio: Prior to his appointment at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, John was a member of the NSW Parliament between 1995 and 2008. He was sworn in as Deputy Premier in August 2005 and was NSW Transport Minister from January 2005 and Minister for Finance from April 2007 until his resignation from politics in September 2008. Previously he had held six other Ministerial appointments including the portfolios of State Development, Police (twice), Education and Training, Corrective Services, Fair Trading and Sport and Recreation. He was also Minister responsible for World Youth Day 2008, the APEC Conference in 2007 and other major events.  He also served as the Legislative Assembly representative on the Macquarie University Council for six years.

Since September 2008, John has been the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. This important role is involved in some of the major ageing and dementia challenges facing the New South Wales community over coming years.  Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is based at North Ryde in Sydney and has branch offices in several regional locations. In November 2010 John was appointed Chair of the Board of the Little Company of Mary Health Care Ltd which is responsible for over twenty public and private hospitals, aged care institutions and extensive community care provision throughout every State and Territory of Australia except Queensland and Western Australia. John also serves at the Chair of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration Committee which is developing a series of events to commemorate Australia’s involvement in WW1. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University and in 2009 was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Western Sydney. John has chaired the judging panels for the NSW Premier’s Community Awards since 2010 and was an Australia Day Ambassador in 2011. 

John graduated in Arts and Law from the University of NSW. He also holds a Master of Arts from Macquarie University and a Diploma of Education from Sydney Teachers College. He worked as a teacher for 16 years until his election to Parliament in 1995.

Graeme Sheather

Date: 19th Apr 2011

Speaker: Professor Graeme Sheather, Guest Lecturer ITLS-Sydney; Visiting Professor, University of Technology Sydney; Logistics Association of Australia and ITLS-Sydney Seminar

Topic: Best practice performance and integrated supply chain partnerships as a basis for global competition

Abstract: How prepared are you as a company to compete in global markets? Based on survey results from a Midjutland region of Denmark consulting project, the presentation will demonstrate how strategic audits of 50 OEM companies, and partnerships between their suppliers and customers led to investments in innovative collaboration, new infrastructure investments and potential cluster developments. The presentation will cover an overview of the competitive capability model, best practice status, mapping of integrated supply chain networks, opportunities for improvement, and agendas for change for individual companies. Firms central to manufacturing are identified as potential leaders in global markets. The relevance of these findings to Sydney-based firms will be explored. 

Bio: Professor Graeme Sheather holds a Degree in Architecture and Masters in Science, Urban and Regional Planning, and Management.  He has researched, taught and consulted in these areas for thirty years, both in Australia and overseas in Israel, Greece and the United States.  He joined the University of Technology, Sydney in 1997 and between 1990 and 2000 was Director of the highly acclaimed Bachelor of Manufacturing Management Co-op Degree that enjoyed a national and international reputation, won major awards, and drew financial support from industry, Australian Business Limited, and the NSW and Federal Governments.  He retired in 2005 as an Associate Professor of Manufacturing Management in the Faculty of Business, and was appointed a Visiting Professor in the Faculty in 2006.  Professor Sheather is currently a guest lecturer at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at The University of Sydney. Professor Sheather has some 60 publications across academic and professional journals, papers in referred conference proceedings, and technical inquiries and reports.  He is joint author of two books and has chapters in a number of others.  He is a regular keynote presenter and workshop leader at professional conferences for the CPA Society, and numerous IIES Conferences.  Has been a joint recipient of ARC Large Research grants incorporating work on integrated supply chain management, and awarded an international grant as part of the EU's ESPRIT 2000-TBP ENAPS Program for 1997 and 1998.  
Professor Sheather has successfully completed consulting contracts with industry and Government agencies in regional industry analysis, social planning, transport and economic planning, operations and strategic management, and organisational change programs.  His recent research and consulting has been in the areas of world’s best practice, corporate strategy, technology management and supply chain management.  The latter two consultancies with the South Australian Department of Trade and Industry and Playford City Council, and the Midjutland Regional Government in Denmark.  Professor Sheather was trained as a fully licensed National Industry Extension Service TQM Consultant.  He served as a Council member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, UTS’s foundation representative on the Advanced Manufacturing Council at the Australian Technology Park, and a foundation member on the former NSW Government’s Manufacturing Industries Advisory Council. He is currently a principal in the consulting firm Rodin Genoff Associates, specialising in regional development projects both in Australia and overseas.

Kay W Axhausen

Date: 24th May 2011

Speaker: Professor Kay W. Axhausen, Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, Switzerland

Topic: Retailers, signals, tolls - Modelling the response of service providers in an agent-based framework

Abstract: The 1980 promise of the activity-based approach to deliver policy relevant model systems has come to fruition in the last five years. A set of different approaches are currently pursued, which address the three necessary tasks in different styles: generation and adaptation of the daily activity schedules; the simulation of the competition for the slots in the time-space system of the transport systems and the activity facilities; the relaxation to the policy relevant equilibrium state. 

The talk will briefly introduce the most prominent approaches under development today and will then focus on MATSim, the agent-based travel demand and traffic flow toolkit developed by the IVT  (Institute for Transport Planning and Systems) at ETH ZÜrich, TU Berlin and a number of further universities around the world. 

MATSim has been designed as a large-scale open-source agent-based simulation (, which is able to address all three tasks in a coherent and consistent framework. The talk will present the current state of the software and will discuss the empirical challenges, which arise when one wants to address all dimensions of the daily schedule: 

Number and type of activities

Sequence of activities

Start times and duration of activities

Composition of the group participating and the cost allocation between the group members


Means of transport and its access point


Composition of the group participating and the cost allocation between the group members

Based on the recent experience with its large scale application to Switzerland (106 agents, 106 links; 106 destinations) the talk will discuss the currently possible development paths and the avenues for the integration of supply side actors (e.g. car park operators, road pricing authorities, retail chains) and of the integration of social network information. 

Bio: Dr K.W.  Axhausen is Professor of Transport Planning at the EidgenÖssische Technische Hochschule (ETH) ZÜrich. He holds his post in the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Before his appointment at ETH he worked at the Leopold-Franzens UniversitÄt, Innsbruck, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the UniversitÄt Karlsruhe and an MSc from the University of Wisconsin ¿ Madison.

He has been involved in the measurement and modelling of travel behaviour for the last 25 years contributing especially to the literature on stated preferences, micro-simulation of travel behaviour, valuation of travel time and its components, parking behaviour, activity scheduling and travel diary data collection.  One strand of his current work focuses on the micro-simulation of daily travel behaviour and long-term mobility choices and the response of the land-use system to those choices. This work is supported by analyses of human activity spaces and their dependence on the traveller¿s personal social network.

The second strand of his work is dedicated to the evaluation of transport projects. The current work on land use transport modelling is motivated by the shortcomings of standard cost-benefit analysis (See He led the effort for the new Swiss cost-benefits guideline (SN 640 820ff) and he and his team contributed the valuation of travel time savings and of reliability.

He was the chair of the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR) and is an editor of Transportation and DISp, both ISI indexed journals.

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John Nelson

Date: 7th Jun 2011

Speaker: Professor John D. Nelson, Professor of Transport Studies, Centre for Transport Research and RCUK dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub, University of Aberdeen, UK

Topic: Transport and the Digital Economy

Abstract: Recent UK science policy places increasing emphasis on the potential for the “Digital Economy” through its combination of technology change, entrepreneurial and creative imagination and network infrastructure to transform our living and working patterns. The dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at the University of Aberdeen is engaged in a programme of research designed to have a transformative impact on the capacity of rural communities, businesses and agencies to engage with and utilize emerging digital technologies to release the untapped social and economic capabilities within rural communities. dot.rural is working across several major research theme areas: ‘Healthcare’, ‘Accessibility & Mobilities’, ‘Enterprise & Culture’, and ‘Natural Resource Conservation’. The transport sector, given the level of maturity of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is an obvious beneficiary of the Digital Economy. This seminar identifies research priorities to enhance Accessibility & Mobilities in the Rural Digital Economy and focuses on two particular examples: flexible integrated transport services and the informed rural passenger.

Bio: Professor John Nelson holds the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and is Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR). He is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve public transport as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable transport systems. His current projects cover many aspects of mobility management including investigations of internet-based journey planners, flexible transport systems and Bus Rapid Transit. John is the theme leader for Accessibility and Mobilities in the RCUK-funded dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at Aberdeen University. Recent publications include Taxi! Urban economies and the social & transport impacts of the taxicab (co-authored with Cooper and Mundy; Ashgate, 2010) and Infomobility Systems and Sustainable Transport Services (co-edited with Ambrosino, Boero and Romanazzo; ENEA, 2010).

Rico Merkert presentation

Date: 21st Jun 2011

Speaker: Dr Rico Merkert, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies; Lecturer in Air Transport Economics, Cranfield University, UK

Topic: Competing in niche markets: Management and policy issues of Public Service Obligation air services

Abstract: In the last decade, the use of Public Service Obligations (PSO) (regulation and/or subsidies) in air transport to European remoter regions has substantially increased. However, because EC legislation leaves member states room for interpretation and as a result of geographical differences there is significant heterogeneity between different regions in terms of provisions of PSO operations. This makes benchmarking these airlines and learning from best practices a worthwhile activity. As most of these services are vital for the social and economic development of the relevant regions, it is decisive to examine factors (other than cease operation) that could improve this efficiency (ownership, length of contracts, incentives etc.). This presentation will focus on factors that impact on remote airline efficiency in Europe (including policy implications). We will also discuss issues that matter in terms of contract completeness and clarity in both the European and Australian PSO air service context.

Bio: Dr Rico Merkert is a lecturer in Air Transport Economics. His research interests are in efficiency measurement, benchmarking, regulation, institutional economics, organisation and management in the transport sector, more recently, particularly in air transport.

Dr Rico Merkert graduated in Business Administration from Berlin University of Technology in 2002. Whilst being a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds he undertook and received a PhD in transport economics. 

Rico has taught at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, the University of Potsdam and also the Leeds University Business School, where he was an Associate Lecturer before joining Cranfield University as a Lecturer in Air Transport Economics in September 2009. He has been involved in a number of projects on transport economics, policy and management (including strategy, organisation, finance and M&A) for a range of clients such as the European Commission and a number of airlines. 

Rico has worked in the automotive industry, and has researched both the aviation and the rail transport sector for more than 6 years now (including short research fellowships in the USA and Sweden). Most of his projects involved productivity and cost efficiency analysis of railways, airlines and airports. Since his recent research visit to the University of Sydney he focuses on applying efficiency analysis, transaction cost economics and choice modelling to public transport, particularly regional air transport in Australia and Europe.

Jacek Zak

Date: 9th Aug 2011

Speaker: Professor Jacek Zak, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Logistics at Poznan University of Technology in Poland; Logistics Association of Australia and ITLS-Sydney Seminar

Topic: Multiple Criteria Decision Making / Aiding in Transportation and Logistics

Abstract: The presentation focuses on methodological principles of Multiple Criteria Decision Making / Aiding (MCDM/A) and their application in the fields of transportatin and logistics. It explains how to solve complex, often unstructured, multiple criteria decision problems that arise in transportation / logistics. The presentation is divided into two sections, including: 1. Theoretical background of MCDM/A; 2. Practical application of MCDM/A methodology in Transportation / Logistics.

The first part comprises historical overview, basic definitions and methodological rules of MCDM/A. The multiple criteria decision making / aiding process – its major phases and players – is described in this section. The first part provides also classification and major features of multiple criteria decision problems as well as the description of corresponding MCDM/A methods that allow for solving these problems. The rules of solving different categories of multiple criteria decision problems are demonstrated.

In the second part extended analysis of 2-3 real life case
studies is carried. The analysis includes: verbal description and mathematical formulation of the decision problem, modeling of DM’s preferences, selection of MCDM/A method, solution procedure – computational experiments and presentation of their results. The case studies present the solution procedure of at least one multiple criteria ranking problem and one multiple criteria choice (optimization) problem.

The following case studies can be demonstrated: 

  • Redesign of the distribution system. Constructing the optimal network based on single and bi-criteria optimization. Application of exact algorithms. 
  • Redesign of the complex transportation process combined with the crew size optimization. Application of multiple criteria metaheuristics and multiple criteria interactive methods.  
  • Multiple objective evaluation and ranking of the common carriers - transportation / logistics service providers. The comparison of different multiple criteria ranking methods.
  • Solving a multiple criteria fleet selection problem – ranking the vehicles and choosing the most suitable ones for certain transportation jobs. 
  • Solving a multiple criteria location problem – finding the proper location of such facilities as logistics centers, bus terminals or sport events fun zones.

Bio: Professor Jacek Zak is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Logistics at Poznan University of Technology in Poland. He is a highly recognised international expert in transportation, logistics and operations management. Professor Zak is also a consultant and Board member in several national and international companies. He graduated from Poznan University of Technology (1987) and Adam Mickiewicz University (1991) in Poznan, Poland. In 1992-93 he completed postgraduate managerial studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in general management and operations management. In 1995 he received his PhD from Poznan University of Technology (program sponsored by Harvard Business School) and in 2005 his post doctoral degree from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. Professor Zak participated in roughly 100 national and international research and consulting projects (including Polish-American cooperations and EU projects). He is the author of more than 100 publications, including articles in highly recognized international journals (Journal of Advanced Transportation, European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Research, Transportation Research, International Transactions in Operations Research, and Archives of Transport). He has developed 20 original training programs in management and carried out 50 customized in-company trainings worldwide. Professor Zak has received many national and international rewards and distinctions. He has been twice rewarded the J. W. Fulbright Scholarship – grant for outstanding academic achievements. He carried out his research projects at University of California at Berkeley, USA (2003-04, senior level) and Harvard University in Boston, USA  (1994-95, junior level). Professor Zak is also a distinguished scholar of the Japanese Government and a trainee of the Volvo Car Corporation Foundation. He has been awarded a prestigious scholarship of the Polish Science Foundation and the Scientific Reward of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also received a national reward of the Polish Minister of Infrastructure for the best academic handbook in transportation. Professor Zak has acted as an editor in the Journal of Advanced Transportation, and guest editor and a referee in several international journals. Professor Zak is an active member of  the EURO Working Group on Transportation and the Scientific Committee of the World Conference on Transport Research Society. He has been invited as a Visiting Professor to more than 30 academic institutions in countries including: USA, Canada, Mexico, Korea, India, China, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.

Tanya Mercer

Date: 23rd Aug 2011

Speaker: Tanya Mercer, Business Development Manager; Cubic Transportation Systems

Topic: Multi-modal challenges in smart payment systems used in transport

Abstract: An overview of the role that smart-enabled payment systems have played in the integration of mass-transit modes around the world and how the learning and experience of this can be leveraged for facilitating further transport integration. The presenter will outline some of the benefits integrated payment systems have provided to public transport stakeholders and will provide a vision for how integration of payment systems between public and private transport modes can be part of the solution for better transport and urban planning.

Carey Curtis

Date: 4th Oct 2011

Speaker: Professor Carey Curtis, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University, Western Australia

Topic: Integrating land use with public transport: the use of a discursive accessibility tool to inform metropolitan spatial planning

Abstract: Planning policy goals now emphasise the need to plan for accessibility and it is clear that increasing the mode share of public transport is a key requirement. One of the enduring issues has been how to embed these policy aspirations into mainstream planning practice. This presentation will demonstrate the application of a new accessibility planning tool, drawing on case studies from Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The tool has functioned as a trans-disciplinary communication tool to demonstrate the integration between land use and transport in a way that practitioners and stakeholders can fully understand. Dissemination of accessibility measures through visually well-represented media can significantly enhance understanding, making a contribution towards a productive discourse on future directions for urban form and mobility.


Bio: Carey Curtis is Professor of City Planning and Transport and Director of the research network Urbanet. Her research interests cover land use planning and transport planning, including a focus on city form and structure, transit oriented development, personal travel behaviour, accessibility planning, institutional barriers to sustainable transport, governance and transport policy. Carey Curtis received the Western Australian Inaugural Sustainable Transport Award in 2004, served as a Commissioner on the peak planning body, the Western Australian Planning Commission, and continues to serve on the its Sustainable Transport Committee. She has published over 60 papers, book chapters and books. Carey is a successful researcher: she was awarded Curtin University's Early Career Researcher award in 2007 and again in 2009, she has won five Australian Research Council research grants, collaborates in two major international research centres and a European Union Concerted Research Action. Carey is Chair of the International Editorial Board of the Journal 'Urban Policy and Research' and a research articles Editor. Carey is a member of the Planning Institute Australia and the UK Royal Town Planning Institute.

Chair: Associate Professor John Rose

Fiona Campbell

Date: 18th Oct 2011

Speaker: Fiona Campbell, Manager Cycling Strategy, The City of Sydney

Topic: The Sydney Cycleways Project

Abstract: Sydney has some transport challenges and has always been well behind the rest of Australia and the world on bicycle transport.  The City of Sydney is now making significant changes to make cycling a viable and attractive transport choice.  Fiona Campbell, Manager Cycling Strategy, will explain why the City has taken the approach it has, what is involved in the cycleways program (both infrastructure and social components) and the lessons learnt and results so far.
Bio: Fiona Campbell is the Manager Cycling Strategy at the City of Sydney Council, responsible for ensuring all areas of council are implementing the Cycle Strategy.  She has been at the City for three years, and working on improving conditions for cycling for the previous ten years.

Chair: Associate Professor Stephen Greaves

Rob Tyson

Date: 25th Oct 2011

Speaker: Rob Tyson, Manager, Economics & Policy, PwC Australia

Topic: Economic appraisal of active transport infrastructure

Abstract: It is common practice within motorised transport practice to conduct an economic appraisal of projects in order to prioritise, select and optimise projects that maximise economic returns. However, conventional transport appraisal typically underestimates the contribution of non-motorised transport, in part because some benefits such as improvements in health are either omitted or not adequately quantified. Appraisal frameworks that fail to adequately capture the benefits of active transport may understate the total economic value of transport infrastructure and result in an inefficient allocation of investment to active transport projects and programs. This paper describes a cost benefit analysis framework and parameters that can be applied to active transport projects. Importantly, this framework ensures that active transport projects can be analysed in a manner consistent with the rigour of motorised transport projects. Estimates of the monetary value of these benefits are presented, as is a model that easily allows the practitioner to rapidly evaluate proposed active transport projects. Examples will be presented of existing and proposed cycling and walking projects and end of trip facilities to illustrate how the benefits contribute to the overall economic appraisal.

Bio: Rob Tyson is a transport economist within PwC Economic & Policy team. He has a technical background in cost benefits analysis, primarily focusing on public transport, road and multimodal transport appraisals. Recently, he has used his background to help develop a number of economic methodologies and appraisal frameworks for cycling and walking which not only adhere to the principles of cost benefit analysis, but ensure direct comparability to appraisal techniques used for other transport modes. 

Chair: Professor Corinne Mulley, Chair in Public Transport

Martin Christopher

Date: 8th Nov 2011

Speaker: Professor Martin Christopher, Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics, Cranfield School of Management; Visiting Professor, ITLS-Sydney; Logistics Association of Australia and ITLS-Sydney Seminar

Topic: Changing centres of gravity in global supply chains

Abstract: All supply chains have a 'centre of gravity' determined by the pull of demand and supply factors. The relative costs and availability of materials and the costs of moving them to the point of final demand will determine where the optimal location for factories, distribution centres and other value-adding activities should be. Because of the uncertainties that surround the future patterns of demand and supply and the potential changes in input costs such as energy and other commdities, it becomes imperative that any decisions to redesign supply chains reflect the need to maximise flexibility. Ideally the supply chain of the future will be capable of adapting quickly to any shifts that might occur on both the demand side and the supply side of the business. In this presentation Martin Christopher will suggest that if the current conditions of turbulence and volatility continue then it may be that the supply chain solutions that served us well in the past may no longer be appropriate in the future.

Bio: Martin Christopher has been at the forefront of the development of new thinking in logistics and supply chain management for over thirty years. His contribution to the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management is reflected in the many international awards that he has received. His published work is widely cited by other scholars and he has been invited to participate in academic and industry events around the world. Martin Christopher was one of the first to recognise that the real competition is between supply chains not companies and he has sought to identify ways in which supply chain excellence can be achieved and sustained. At Cranfield School of Management, one of the world's premier business schools, Martin Christopher has helped build the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management into a leading centre of excellence. Under his leadership the centre became one of the foremost focal points for innovative teaching and research in logistics and supply chain management. Now, after leading the Centre for over twenty years, Martin Christopher has become an Emeritus Professor and has broadened his portfolio of activities in the realm of knowledge creation and dissemination in these critical areas.

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Paul Childerhouse

Date: 29th Nov 2011

Speaker: Dr Paul Childerhouse, Associate Professor in Management Systems; Waikato University

Topic: Supply Chain Integration

Abstract: Integration is posited by many authors as a supply chain utopia.  Indeed, it is claimed as being synonymous with supply chain management excellence.  The primary aim of this research is to verify the link between supply chain integration and competitive performance.  Detailed information collected via an eight year international field study of fifty products and their associated supply chains subjected to an extensive statistical analysis, provides rigorous insight into supply chain integration in practice.  Breadth of supply chain integration significantly correlates with increased performance, yet in practice, the majority of supply chains are not well integrated.  However, most supply chains seem to follow a popular route when seeking to enable seamless operations.  This starts with enhanced internal effectiveness followed by upstream streamlining and then finally downstream integration.  If practitioners are still struggling with supply chain integration, this research confirms that they are not unique in their predicament.  Indifferent practice is indeed the norm.  Fortunately, practitioners can follow the popular route established herein when seeking to improve integrative capability.   

Bio: Paul Childerhouse is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He obtained his PhD in 2002 whilst a member of the Logistics Systems Dynamics Group at Cardiff University for his research into seamless market-orientated supply chains. His major research interests are in supply chain networks and culture. He is practitioner focused and enjoys auditing and advising organizations on how to improve their supply chain practices. This focus has resulted in a great deal of first-hand industrial knowledge especially in the automotive, aerospace, dairy, construction and retail sectors. He has published over 40 articles in quality journals including: Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, the International Journal of Production Economics and OMEGA.