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 Dr Matthew Beck, Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Management and Professor Rico Merkert, Chair in Transport and Supply Chain 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 2:00pm to 3:00pm with coffee and tea available from 1-30pm Please check the venue details listed under each seminar.

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.


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Date: 27th Jun 2017 11:00 am

Speaker: Professor John Nelson, holds the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and is Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR)

Topic: Factors affecting the development of electric vehicle-based car-sharing schemes

John Nelson

Venue: The Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington

Bio: Professor John Nelson holds the Sixth Century Chair of Transport Studies in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and is Director of the Centre for Transport Research (CTR). He is also an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), University of Sydney. John is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of new technologies to improve transport systems as well as the policy frameworks and regulatory regimes necessary to achieve sustainable mobility. John Nelson is the immediate past Chairman of the Universities’ Transport Study Group (UTSG), which promotes transport teaching and research across the UK and Ireland. He served as Scientific Director for the ITS European Congress in Glasgow (June 2016).

Abstract: Although the increasing popularity of electric vehicles is contributing to a reduction in vehicular pollution their market share is still comparatively small. One strategy for increasing the momentum behind electric vehicles is to encourage their inclusion in the fleets of car-sharing companies. Car-sharing operates by giving access to a vehicle to a number of users at different times and usually for a relatively short time period. There is currently rapid growth in one-way car-sharing worldwide, in which the vehicle can be dropped off at a different location to the pickup point. Crucially, one-way car-sharing gives the opportunity for travellers to utilise multiple modes (including car-sharing) for their journey provided the proper intermodal connections are present. This Seminar looks at one-way electric vehicle car-sharing systems and how they may become an important component of city transport systems in the future.

Date: 28th Jul 2017 02:00 pm

Speaker: John Stanley; Janet Stanley,

Topic: Social exclusion: the roles of mobility and bridging social capital in regional Australia

John Stanley

Venue: The Darlington Centre Conference Room – 174 City Road, Darlington

Bios: John Stanley is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies and a former Deputy Chair of Australia’s National Road Transport Commission. He specializes in transport policy and planning and in land use/transport integration, an area where he has been an adviser to the Victorian Government on Melbourne’s two most recent long term land use plans. Janet Stanley is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, in the School of Design at University of Melbourne, specializing in social and environmental policy and planning, with transport and cities a major focus. She has been Visiting Professor at University of Hiroshima. They have recently published a new book, How great cities happen: Integrating people, land use and transport (2017; Edward Elgar Publishing), with colleague Professor Roz Hansen. John and Janet have researched and published widely over the past decade and a half on mobility, social exclusion and well-being, being internationally recognized in this field. Their related research on cities as a series of 20 minute neighbourhoods has been of Federal political interest in Australia in recent years. This seminar will focus on Australian regional research they have been undertaking on mobility and social exclusion.

Janet StanleyAbstract: Mobility is a fundamental requirement for well-functioning regions and for the wellbeing of their residents (and visitors). The paper first examines the role of mobility in promoting social inclusion of regional residents. Discussing the groups of regional people most likely to be at risk of social exclusion, because of poor mobility opportunities, the paper highlights pre-school children as a new focus for policy and research attention. It then highlights the importance of building bridging social capital to reduce risks of social exclusion in a regional setting, showing that, while regional people at high risk of social exclusion may achieve relatively high trip making (mobility), they may still have problems taking trips that build their bridging social capital. Public transport services can play a supportive role here, with indicative service levels outlined. To better meet regional mobility needs and achieve more effective use of mobility-supporting resources (e.g. vehicles, people), the paper proposes a central integrating role for Regional Accessibility Committees.