Managing transport demand

The challenge

Our research aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels in transport through better policies and technologies. Covid-19 has disrupted travel behaviours ranging from home location choices to the intensity of public transport use. Comparative global evidence demonstrates that land use patterns, infrastructure investments, prices, and supportive policies can dramatically influence the carbon intensity of travel.

 

Why this research is valuable

Transport is responsible for about 20% of Australia’s emissions, and therefore the transition to net zero transport is essential if Australia is to achieve net zero emission by 2050. Our transport systems carry a high economic, social and environmental cost. It is also the case that most people are actually seeking the service provided by our transport systems, and are therefore open to approaches to transport that impose a lower cost while still providing the service.

 

Research themes

Some relevant themes in the research are:

  1. Rethinking land use patterns in our cities so that we people can work, learn, shop, socialise and be healthy without needing to travel as far, or drive at all.
  2. Designing algorithms to maximise the benefit of the next generation of shared and automated transport services.
  3. Identifying factors, including the built environment, weather and disruption, that influence use of sustainable transport modes including walking, biking, and public transport.

 

Want to know more?

This research will help to shape the future of sustainable travel. Click here if you want to know more or are interested in joining our research team.