Thinking outside the box

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 short pieces focus on topics of currency that are 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.

Professor David Hensher, Director, ITLS


  • Road pricing reform – a getting started idea 03 Oct 2017

    David Hensher and Michiel Bliemer

    While it is recognised through numerous inquiries and research related activities that road pricing reform is necessary if we are ever to tame traffic congestion to ‘acceptable’ levels, and the theory is well established on how to price travel under congested conditions, the challenge has always been on how to get started in a way that can demonstrate the merits of a reform scheme without having to have a total system implementation. Read more

  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and modal capacity shortfall 31 Aug 2017

    David Hensher

    Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is talked about a lot as the new approach to delivering transport services that are better tailored to the needs of travellers than the existing modal services that, with exceptions, do not allow switching between all possible modes. Read more

  • Sharing must work in a transport future 31 Jul 2017

    Corinne Mulley and John Nelson

    Doesn’t everyone think that sharing is a good idea – especially for everyone else? Of course there is always an element of “I know that if everyone else shares I won’t have to” Read more

  • The high cost of housing and how to reduce it 12 Jul 2017

    Michael Bell

    There is a debate about whether the current high cost of housing in Australian cities like Melbourne, and especially Sydney, is caused by excessive demand or insufficient supply. Read more

  • Shrinking supply chains, greater welfare? 28 Jun 2017

    Michael Bell

    Recent tectonic shifts in the global economy are challenging the ocean container shipping sector. Read more

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