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

  • Is it a bus? Is it a train? Notes on modal etymology and nomenclature 05 Mar 2018

    Yale Z Wong

    London has the tube, New York has the subway and Paris has the metro. Each name carries deep historical connotations which have since transcended their original meaning and evolved to become generic terms for urban passenger heavy rail transport. Read more

  • Up or Out: Travel Demand and Thirty Minute Cities 16 Feb 2018

    David Levinson

    Each technological advance in mobility over the past 200 years increased the size of metropolitan areas. Will autonomous vehicles follow the path well worn by earlier technologies?

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  • Eradicating Road Accidents: A Driverless Future? 09 Feb 2018

    Stephen Greaves

    Much has been debated about the driverless future and what we should be doing to prepare: When is it coming and in what form? Will we embrace it for ourselves and our loved ones? Will vehicle ownership and usage change? Will congestion get better or worse? Will it free up space in our cities? What are the implications for public transport, cycling and walking? Read more

  • When is Car Sharing Value for Money: the car centric traveller? 30 Jan 2018

    David Hensher

    There may be many car owners where the economics of sharing does not stack up until we have shared autonomous vehicles that have significantly lower user costs (i.e., no driver wages for example). All the while we have a driver in a shared car, the economics are not very attractive for regular car (centric) users. This is the dominant travel mode in most cities in Australia, and hence I anticipate that the exercise below reflects a circumstance of many current car owners and users.

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  • Personal Preferences of Managers in Designing Sustainable Supply Chains 01 Dec 2017

    Behnam Fahimnia

    The growing interest of supply chain stakeholders (e.g., customers, governments, and non-governmental organisations) in sustainable practices have made organisations start rethinking the design of their supply chains by considering a set of environmental and social performance measures. Read more

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