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


  • 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

  • Autonomous Cars: Placing them in Context 14 Jun 2017

    David A. Hensher and John Stanley

    The Roads Australia National Conference  in Sydney (May 31, June 1, 2017) had a lot of presentations on autonomous cars  (ACs); and despite some suggesting we should go directly to level 5 fully  autonomous cars (in next few years), and with 5G communications we will then  also solve safety and have no congestion on our roads, some of us question this Read more

  • What can be done to improve commercial viability of regional aviation in NSW/Australia? 31 May 2017

    Rico Merkert

    It is timely to ask what policymakers can do to improve commercial viability of regional aviation in Australia? Read more

  • Toll Roads – a view after 25 years 27 Apr 2017

    David Hensher

    Tolled roads in Australia have been around now for over 25 years (excluding bridge crossings) and have created camps of supporters and dissenters. Have they delivered value for money (to whom?) and have they reached their use by date as a preferred way to fund and deliver road infrastructure? In looking back over 25 years this think piece crystallises some of the key elements of the toll road journey, raising questions about whether it is time to transition away from road-specific pricing to network pricing reform. Read more

  • Visible hands or invisible hands – who should build the ports in developing countries? 03 Apr 2017

    Xaiowen Fu

    The general decline in shipping and trade has put huge pressure on ports, as they have significant sunk/fixed costs and rely on shipping carriers to bring in cargo. With huge investments and associated risks, it is often difficult for the private sector to undertake very large port investments independently, especially in developing countries with relatively less efficient capital markets. Read more

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