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David Emerson

David Emerson

PhD Candidate

Research Centre
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


David concluded a varied career as an architect in 2007 and since then has been pursuing a life long interest in urban transport. He obtained his MPhil at UNSW in 2011 with a research project looking at the time and cost characteristics of Sydney's transport. This has led to an interest in the business models used in the commercialization and privatization of public transport, and the government regulation that affect this.

Newsroom articles

  • Another way of thinking about Public Transport Delivery 26 Sep 2015

    There are a limited number of ways currently used to organise the business of public transport, and it must be asked; are there other innovative ways of providing for the involvement of private enterprise in the provision of this essential urban service? Read more

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Thesis working title

A study of a Community Franchise business model of public transport service delivery

This study is concerned with business models of public transport: the way that the organisation of the delivery mechanism of this vital urban service affects matters from the alignment of interests of the government, the operators and the citizens to the planning of the infrastructure on which it occurs. It is in three sections, the first being a case study of the only known Community Franchise business regime operating for the transport of the public, the second being a computer game to test quantifiable aspects of an existing public transport business regime with that of the Community Franchise, and some thought experiments to allow the tested concepts to be applied to urban public transport. The study establishes the uniqueness of the Community Franchise business regime operating in the Dolomites of Italy. With the computer game it tests the capacity of competitors in an urban public transport to cooperate for development of shared infrastructure and the ability of the two business regimes under consideration to generate Social Welfare. The thought experiment provides detailed arrangements if the Community Franchise business regime were to be applied to urban public transport and to other comparable activities.

Supervisors: Corinne Mulley, Michiel Bliemer