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

    ITLS Thinking Outside the Box

    By 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

    ITLS Thinking Outside the Box

    By 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

  • What is the conversation around design thinking? 30 Mar 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    By Sandra Peter

    Dr Sandra Peter wrote an article for Sydney Business Insights about the public discussion around design thinking. Read more

  • Houses aren’t more unaffordable for first home buyers, but they are riskier 29 Mar 2017

    The Conversation

    By Jamie Alcock

    Associate Professor Jamie Alcock wrote an article published on The Conversation about interest rate risk in the housing market, particularly for first home buyers. The article was republished by 88 publications, including ABC Online and Domain. Read more

  • The benefits and beneficiaries of urban tollroad expansion 03 Mar 2017

    ITLS Thinking Outside the Box

    By Christopher Standen

    After a nine-month investigation into the WestConnex tollroad, the Auditor-General has found the Commonwealth Government committed billions of taxpayers’ money to the scheme without appropriate advice. He also indicated that the funding did not provide value for money for taxpayers, and did not protect the government’s financial interests. These findings raise the question: if the scheme is a bad deal for taxpayers, then exactly whom does it benefit? Read more

  • I can't wait to get my Ls! A Perspective on High School Travel 09 Feb 2017

    ITLS Thinking Outside the Box

    By Stephen Greaves

    Last week marked the end of the school holidays in Sydney and a resumption for many of frustrating levels of congestion as the 'school-run' resumed. Well over half of school children were driven, which is roughly double the levels when many of their parents would have been attending school, 25-30 years ago. How have we arrived at this situation and what can we do? Read more

  • Autonomous Vehicles and Implications for Future Transport Systems 02 Feb 2017

    ITLS Thinking Outside the Box

    By David Hensher, Chinh Ho and Richard Ellison

    The rapid development of autonomous vehicles (AV) has prompted considerable speculation on how these vehicles will ‘revolutionise’ the future of cities’ transport systems. It has been suggested that a large-scale adoption of AV would lead to safer roads, congestion-free cities and more public spaces as vehicles can be shared, and hence fewer parking spaces are needed. However, it is far from clear if these visions are likely to be realised and what this might imply for the future transport networks and policy agendas. Read more

  • Transport integration can put wind beneath wings of small flyers 15 Jan 2016

    The Australian

    By Rico Merkert

    The Australian published an article by Professor Rico Merkert about the essential role of regional airlines in the tourism and aviation industry. Read more

  • Consumers lose out in funeral industry lacking competition and regulation: study 15 Jan 2017

    The Conversation

    By Sandra Van Der Laan

    Professor Sandra Van Der Laan co-authored an article on The Conversation about a lack of government regulation in Australia to reduce the cost of funerals. Read more

  • Four ways junk food brands befriend kids online 15 Jan 2017

    The Conversation

    By Teresa Davis

    Dr Teresa Davis from the Business School wrote an article published on The Conversation about Facebook advertisers targeting children with junk food advertisements. The story was republished by Daily.bulletin.com.au Read more

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