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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).

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01 December 2022

Mobility as a Feature (MaaF): Rethinking the Focus of Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

David Hensher and Sampo Heitanen suggest that a paradigm change is required when it comes to Mobility as a Service (MaaS). They encourage a move towards transport services as part of a wider activity-focussed product mix driven by the private sector that is also financially sustainable.
07 November 2022

Circularising the Port of Newcastle - Can we learn from the Port of Amsterdam?

The Port of Newcastle is the world's largest coal port, yet Australia has not managed to future-proof its operations and move away from fossil fuels. Veronica Schulz compares it with the Port of Amsterdam and the steps they have taken to work towards a more sustainable circular economy.
04 October 2022

Aiming smaller with infrastructure spending

The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity for governments to rethink major infrastructure spending and consider other avenues for investment to build towards a future we want, writes Matthew Beck.
05 September 2022

The growing importance of equity in planning cities: recognising the value of improved mobility for those at exclusion risk

Social equity is an essential factor in transport and infrastructure planning. Professor John Stanley explains how ITLS research on mobility can be used in planning to achieve more equitable outcomes for all.
01 August 2022

New Economic Measurement: A Value-Based Approach

Christopher Day explores how measuring economic growth and societal wellbeing is a complex process that cannot be evaluated solely by quantitative calculations like GDP.
04 July 2022

The Reason MaaS is such a Challenge

Why are the current Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offerings not enough to change the public's travel behaviour? Professor David Hensher explores what could be done to make MaaS a more attractive prospect.
06 June 2022

What is the value of additional trips?

John Stanley and David Hensher discuss how transport opportunities can be made more equitable by taking a more socially focussed approach when calculating additional trip values.
02 May 2022

How sustainable is it to have your groceries delivered? Or can we do better?

Mark Raadsen looks at the environmental impacts of an activity many of us have embraced since the pandemic started - online grocery shopping.
04 April 2022

Carbon neutral shipping – it all comes down to green hydrogen, and lots of it

Professor Michael Bell discusses why, out of the most popular options for carbon neutral fuels for shipping, green hydrogen is the most viable option being both economically and environmentally sound.
07 March 2022

Stop calling it Mobility as a Service (MaaS): It actually is an Enhanced Journey Planner (EJP) or an Enhanced Travel Information Service (ETIS)

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) remains a trending term for media platforms and app developers to use. However, David Hensher, Chinh Ho and John Nelson suggest the term should be used more appropriately to describe a fully integrated and sustainable system, rather than just an enhanced travel planning app.