Sydney has top PT minds

University of Sydney praised by Germany as the world’s leading public transport researcher

Car-based transport is not sustainable in the long term in Australian cities.

This is the inconvenient truth that must be faced, according to University of Sydney business school professor Corinne Mulley, who has now been officially recognised as the world’s most productive researcher in public transport by the University of Hamburg in Germany.

A global search also found that the University’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) is one of the most cited transport research institutions in the world, with a ranking in the top five.

Mulley says it is nice to be recognised in the relatively new field of public transport research.

"We are conducting applied research with real impact which is providing an evidence base for government aspirations related to public transport," she says.

"This is critical because car based transport is unsustainable into the future as our cities grow in size."

ITLS director professor David Hensher was also identified as one of the worlds most cited individual public transport researchers.

Business school dean professor Greg Whitwell says it was important recognition of the research it does, which is both informing and influencing organisational responses to the key transport challenges of the future.

"The international study also makes it clear that the work undertaken is absolutely cutting edge," he says.

Hamburg report author Leonard Heilig of the University of Hamburg’s Institute of Information Systems singled Australia out for its high level of productivity in transport and the important work being carried out  by just a handful of dedicated scholars in Sydney.

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