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Andrew Collins

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BSc BA UNSW PhD Sydney
Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Rm 208
H73 - 378 Abercrombie Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 1832
Fax +61 2 9114 1863
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Andrew studied computer science and philosophy at the University of NSW, obtaining a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in 2003. He was awarded a PhD in 2012, for a thesis which proposed and evaluated new techniques for handling attribute non-attendance in discrete choice models. For this research Andrew was awarded the prestigious Eric Pas Dissertation Prize by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research.

Andrew has broad research interests, with a particular focus on the behavioural influences of decision makers in the fields of logistics, supply chain management, and transport. He also has methodological research interests, in the areas of discrete choice modelling, choice heuristics, and stated choice experimental design. His publication record includes top tier journals such as Transportation Research Parts B and E, and Transportation.

Andrew has taught a range of units since 2010. His current primary teaching focus is ITLS6002 Supply Chain Planning and Design, which covers supply chain management decision making, and a range of quantitative tools that can be used in support. Andrew also enjoys teaching discrete choice methods to a diverse audience. He teaches these techniques to PhD students in BUSS7904 Advanced Quantitative Methods. Additionally, each July, he runs a Discrete Choice Analysis five day course, attracting academics, PhD students, consultants and government employees from a wide range of disciplines, including marketing, health economics, environmental economics, and transportation.

Andrew is the Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, helping administer the admissions process, and the current cohort of MPhil and PhD students. In addition to his academic pursuits, Andrew has consulted for government, industry and banks, in the areas of transport infrastructure demand modelling, and freight transport. Andrew is a co-developer of Ngene, a widely used software package which generates stated choice experimental designs.

Research Interests

One of Andrew’s main research interests is the impact that end consumers have on supply chain configuration, logistics service provision, and distribution network design. He has investigated the choices that consumers make as they are presented with an increasing array of last mile parcel delivery options, for example flexible pickup options and drone delivery. By using choice modelling methodologies, companies can have a better understanding of what logistics innovations will be competitive, and authorities can have a better understanding of how the transportation network will be utilised by logistics operations and associated personal travel.

Other research by Andrew in the logistics and supply chain space has investigated consumer perceptions of the quality of the physical distribution system, and the impact this may have on the choice of online retailers; decision making behaviour of company employees in logistics and supply chain roles; and decision making in the freight sector.

In the transport field, Andrew has investigated the impact of public transport crowding on travel behaviour. Andrew has published several papers on air travel behaviour and itinerary choice. More recently, he has investigated the impact of different forms of airline safety information on airline choice.

Much of Andrew’s applied research is supported by methodological and behavioural research in the discrete choice modelling field. He has developed new econometric models that can accommodate mixtures of conventional utility maximising compensatory choice processes, and alternative choice heuristics such as attribute non-attendance and alternative elimination. Andrew has an interest in discrete choice experimental methods. His research on stated choice experimental design has had high impact, both through the academic literature, and his integration of the research into the widely used software program Ngene, for which he is the lead developer.

Selected publications


Journal Articles

Hensher D, Balbontin C, and Collins A (2018) Heterogeneity in decision processes: Embedding extremeness aversion, risk attitude and perceptual conditioning in multiple process rules choice making Transportation Research Part A, 111, 316-325. [More Information]

Koo T, Collins A, Williamson A, and Caponecchia C (2018) How Safety Risk Information and Alternative Forms of Presenting It Affect Traveler Decision Rules in International Flight Choice Journal of Travel Research, In Press. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Balbontin C, Hensher D, and Collins A (2017) Is there a systematic relationship between random parameters and process heuristics? Transportation Research Part E - Logistics and Transportation Review, 106, 160-177. [More Information]

Balbontin C, Hensher D, and Collins A (2017) Integrating Attribute Non-Attendance and Value Learning with Risk Attitudes and Perceptual Conditioning Transportation Research Part E - Logistics and Transportation Review, 97, 172-191. [More Information]

Balbontin C, Hensher D, and Collins A (2017) Do familiarity and awareness influence voting intention: The case of road pricing reform? Journal of Choice Modelling, 25, 11-27. [More Information]

Standen C, Crane M, Collins A, Greaves S, and Rissel C (2017) Determinants of Mode and Route Change Following the Opening of a New Cycleway in Sydney, Australia Journal of Transport and Health, 4, 255-266. [More Information]

Sun Y, Olaru D, Smith B, Greaves S, and Collins A (2017) Road to autonomous vehicles in Australia: an exploratory literature review Road and Transport Research, 26 (1), 34-47.

Conference Proceeding

Balbontin C, Hensher D, and Collins A (2017) Is preference heterogeneity best captured through process heuristics or through random parameters? 5th International Choice Modelling Conference; International Choice Modelling Conference, Leeds, UK.


Journal Article

Bliemer M, and Collins A (2016) On determining priors for the generation of efficient stated choice experimental designs Journal of Choice Modelling, 21, 10-14. [More Information]


Book Chapters

Collins A (2015) Behavioural Influences on the Environmental Impact of Collection/Delivery Points Green Logistics and Transportation: A Sustainable Supply Chain Perspective; Springer, Cham, 15-34. [More Information]

Collins A, and Hensher D (2015) The Influence of Varying Information Load on Inferred Attribute Non-Attendance Bounded Rational Choice Behaviour: Applications in Transport; Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, United Kingdom, 73-94. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Collins A, Hess S, and Rose J (2013) Choice modelling with search and sort data from an interactive choice experiment Transportation Research Part E - Logistics and Transportation Review, 56, 36-45. [More Information]

Collins A, Rose J, and Hensher D (2013) Specification issues in a generalised random parameters attribute nonattendance model Transportation Research Part B, 56, 234-253. [More Information]

Hensher D, Collins A, and Greene W (2013) Accounting for attribute non-attendance and common-metric aggregation in a probabilistic decision process mixed multinomial logit model: a warning on potential confounding Transportation, 40 (5), 1003-1020. [More Information]

Hensher D, Collins A, Rose J, and Smith N (2013) Direct and cross elasticities for freight distribution access charges: Empirical evidence by vehicle class, vehicle kilometres and tonne vehicle kilometres Transportation Research Part E - Logistics and Transportation Review, 56, 1-21. [More Information]

Hensher D, Rose J, and Collins A (2013) Understanding Buy In for Risky Prospects: Incorporating Degree of Belief into the ex-ante Assessment of Support for Alternative Road Pricing Schemes Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 47 (3), 453-473.

Rose J, Hess S, and Collins A (2013) What if My Model Assumptions are Wrong: The Impact of Non-standard Behaviour on Choice Model Estimation Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 47 (2), 245-263.


Journal Article

Collins A, Rose J, and Hess S (2012) Interactive stated choice surveys: a study of air travel behaviour Transportation, 39 (1), 55-79. [More Information]


Collins A (2012) Attribute nonattendance in discrete choice models: measurement of bias, and a model for the inference of both nonattendance and taste heterogeneity; The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Journal Articles

Hensher D, and Collins A (2011) Interrogation of Responses to Stated Choice Experiments: Is there sense in what respondents tell us? A Closer Look at what Respondents Choose and Process Heuristics used in Stated Choice Experiments Journal of Choice Modelling, 4 (1), 62-89. [More Information]

Hensher D, Rose J, and Collins A (2011) Identifying commuter preferences for existing modes and a proposed Metro in Sydney, Australia with special reference to crowding Public Transport, 3 (2), 109-147. [More Information]


Book Chapter

Collins A, Hensher D, and Li Z (2010) Regional airports and opportunities for low-cost carriers in Australia Development of Regional Airports: Theoretical Analyses and Case Studies; Wit Press, Southampton United Kingdom, 149-174.


Conference Proceeding

Collins A, Rose J, and Hess S (2009) Search Based Internet Surveys: Airline Stated Choice 88th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting TRB 2009; U.S. National Research Council, Transportation Research Board, United States.


Journal Article

Rose J, Bliemer M, Hensher D, and Collins A (2008) Designing efficient stated choice experiments in the presence of reference alternatives Transportation Research Part B, 42 (4), 395-406. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Collins A, and Greaves S (2007) Daytime population tracking for planning and pollution exposure assessment Road and Transport Research, 16 (1), 55-67.

Greaves S, and Collins A (2007) Disaggregate spatio-temporal assessments of population exposure to aircraft noise Journal of Air Transport Management, 13 (6), 338-347. [More Information]

Puckett S, Hensher D, Rose J, and Collins A (2007) Design and development of a stated choice experiment for interdependent agents: accounting for interactions between buyers and sellers of urban freight services Transportation, 34 (4), 429-451. [More Information]


Conference Proceedings

Collins A, and Greaves S (2006) Daytime Population Tracking for Planning and Pollution Exposure Assessment 29th Australasian Transport Research Forum ATRF 2006; Australasian Transport Research Forum, Australia.

Greaves S, Collins A, and Bhatia N (2006) Disaggregate Assessments of Population Exposure to Aircraft Noise 29th Australasian Transport Research Forum ATRF 2006; Australasian Transport Research Forum, Australia.


Conference Proceeding

Stopher P, and Collins A (2005) Conducting a GPS Prompted Recall Survey over the Internet 84th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting TRB 2005; U.S. National Research Council, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.


Conference Proceeding

Stopher P, Collins A, and Bullock P (2004) GPS Surveys And The Internet 27th Australasian Transport Research Forum ATRF 2004; Transport Systems Centre, Universtiy of South Australia, Australia.

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS7904 Advanced Analysis for Research

  • ITLS6002 Supply Chain Planning and Design

  • ITLS6190 Transport and Infrastructure Systems

  • ITLS6900 Research Case Study I

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