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


  • Are We Doomed to Repeat History with Automated Vehicles? 09 Oct 2018

    Tony Arnold

    The introduction of Automated Vehicles may simply repeat the history of the motor vehicle, with public space once again cleared to make way for people travelling in cars at the expense of people who are walking and cycling. Read more

  • Traffic safety in developing countries: Is colonialism still to blame? 04 Sep 2018

    Nina Verszosa

    This think piece discusses three aspects where vestiges of colonialism may have impacted traffic safety in rapidly globalising less developed countries (LDCs). Read more

  • Guess what - I actually like driving my car! 08 Aug 2018

    David A. Hensher

    The interest in autonomous cars in both the popular, industry and academic literatures is becoming overwhelming. Read more

  • Refocussing Benefit-Cost Analysis: Start with a Budget 16 Jul 2018

    David A. Hensher

    It is common practice in Benefit-Cost analysis (BCA) in the transport sector to pre-define a corridor where future investments may be attractive, and to undertake a formal appraisal on a few selected options. But what if we started with a given budget spend for the project instead of allowing that to vary across project options? Read more

  • The final race for WestConnex 19 Jun 2018

    Martin Locke

    Recent press reports have indicated that the shortlisted bidders for the 51% equity stake in Sydney Motorway Corporation (“SMC”) being sold by the NSW Government, are now in the process of preparing final binding bids scheduled for the second half of July. Read more

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