We conduct research for clients on the economic, social & environmental costs, and benefits of urban transport systems. We provide advice on sustainable transport solutions and offer tailored products for our clients. We undertake community consultation and original research, develop policy papers and design strategic transport plans.
Our approach to transport is holistic. Sustainable transport systems must be designed in conjunction with land use policy, education, health, economic and social equity considerations. Sustainable transport systems minimise congestion, noise, pollution and accidents and are economically efficient and equitable. They offer integrated options that favour active transport (walking and cycling) and public transport, both of which contribute to the creation of healthier, more liveable cities.
The access to goods, services and jobs provided by transport networks is essential to sustaining economic activity and ensuring social equity. Transport has significant implications for the integrity and amenity of the built environment and the potential to impact on natural environments. Creating change towards a sustainable future in the transport sector requires attention to taking a systems based approach to congestion and the impacts and implications of new transport technologies and energy sources. Australia's transport systems currently generate around 14.6 per cent of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions and are heavily reliant on diminishing oil supplies and imports. These have significant implications for economic and environmental sustainability. ISF is interested in supporting research that explores alternatives to road transport, including active transport and public transport. We are also interested in ways to reduce the environmental impact of road transport.
Big picture questions
- How can we maintain accessibility in Australian cities to support economic activity, achieve social equity and maintain environmental integrity?
- Different growth paths to support a changing macro-economic environment?
- Do decision-making processes in Australia deliver the outcomes that transport policy aspires to? Do these practices need to change?
- What might a low-carbon transport system in Australia look like? How would it interact with a low-carbon energy system.
For further information about this area contact Dr Michelle Zeibots.
UTS Transport Research Centre
The UTS Transport Research Centre is a multidisciplinary, cross-faculty transport research hub within UTS, dedicated to applied transport research, teaching and learning programs within a customer service paradigm. It has a focus on the development of new technologies and approaches that optimise network performance across all transport modes.
Visit trc.uts.edu.au to learn more.