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


  • 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

  • Abuse of private financing 15 May 2018

    Martin Locke

    Does the demise of the UK Private Finance Initiative (PFI) suggest where the Australian PPP market is headed? How applicable are the findings of the recently published UK National Audit Office report on PFI for Australian PPPs? Read more

  • The Data Driven Supply Chain: A Retail Perspective 24 Apr 2018

    Gareth Jude, Behnam Fahimnia

    Supply chains have existed since the earliest days of human civilisation, but the idea of supply chain management is a relatively recent concept. At the core of supply chain management is the idea that more value is created by collaboration than by competition. Read more

  • On bias, bollocks and better practice 12 Apr 2018

    Adjunct Professor John Stanley

    ITLS researchers have played a leading role over the last decade in building understanding of links between mobility, social exclusion and well-being, working with colleagues from Monash and Melbourne Universities. This is the only international research, to our knowledge, that has produced values of trip making as a contributor to reducing risks of social exclusion.  Read more

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