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Our Thinking Outside the Box articles from 2015-2019 are now available as a free monograph, grouped by topic. Download Thinking Outside the Box: 67 Thought Pieces (PDF, 2.2MB).

03 August 2020

Pooled testing to help Australia tackle the second wave of COVID-19

Pooled testing is a cost-effective method of testing in which a single test is run on a group of samples. Dr Saman Eskandarzadeh and Professor Ben Fahimnia explain how it could help Australia tackle a second wave of COVID-19 whilst reducing the need for tough restrictions.
06 July 2020

Public Transport post-COVID-19 – A quick scan of some of the immediate challenges and those in the longer term

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some critical issues inherent in the current public transport system. However, according to Professor David Hensher and Yale Wong, this is an opportune time to address these problems in order to create a more resilient and adaptable transport sector.
15 June 2020

Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented mobilisation of scholarly efforts to fight a global health crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a huge scholarly output across academia. However, Dr Milad Haghani believes that there is still more to be done in the area of safety research, especially where it can assist policy makers.
09 June 2020

It’s cycling, but not as we know it

Cycling has played a significant role during the COVID-19 lockdown. Professor Stephen Greaves and PhD candidate Tony Arnold discuss how we can capitalise on this to get more people cycling for transport in the future.
01 June 2020

Will Mobility as a Service make Travel Demand Management strategies redundant?

Travel Demand Management (TDM) initiatives involve influencing people's travel behaviour in order to favour alternative mobility options. Professor Emerita Corinne Mulley and Professor John Nelson discuss how these strategies may be useful in the wake of COVID-19.
25 May 2020

What might Covid-19 mean for Mobility as a Service (MaaS)?

Professor David Hensher suggests that the 'new normal' introduced as a result of coronavirus restrictions offers a golden opportunity to reform the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) sector.
18 May 2020

Practice social distancing on trains: a pious hope for Sydneysiders?

Although coronavirus restrictions are starting to ease in NSW, the difficulties associated with practising social distancing on public transport need to be addressed sooner rather than later, writes Dr Chinh Ho.
04 May 2020

Unintended consequence of Covid-19: working from home (WFH) a good and achievable idea after all

Professor David Hensher suggests that post-COVID-19, employers could be more amenable to staff working from home, resulting in significant improvements to traffic congestion and the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions.
06 April 2020

Public mass emergency planning and the overlooked role of “behavioural intervention”

Planning for public disaster mitigation and emergencies like COVID-19 should include behavioural intervention, treating people as an ally rather than a problem to control, writes Dr Milad Haghani.
20 March 2020

COVID-19 risk on public transport: What we can learn from overseas

Australia can learn from how other countries are reducing the spread of the virus on public transport, writes Dr Yale Zhuxiao Wong