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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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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.
07 February 2022

Tendering zero emissions bus contracts with large mammals in the room

Large scale bus franchising and tendering arrangements are further complicated when introducing zero emissions buses (ZEB) to the fleet. David Ashmore (TSA Advisory) and David Hensher argue that this is an issue to face head on as soon as possible, in order to promote a competitive supply chain cycle.
10 January 2022

Walking to Work from Home: Can we Reframe Working from Home as a Potential Boon for Active Travel?

Matthew J. Beck explores how active travel can be incentivised and reintroduced into the work from home environment in order to counter the effects of increased sedentary behaviour.
17 December 2021

Global Supply Chain Disruption - Is Retail’s Xmas goose cooked?

COVID-19 has caused massive disruptions to global supply chains. Gareth Jude discusses how retailers can better protect themselves from future crises with improved responsiveness and resilience.
06 December 2021

Going for Gold in economic complexity

Australia should look to strengthen its economy via advanced manufacturing and diversification of exports, in order to develop greater sovereignty in the industrial space, writes Christopher Day.
01 November 2021

Airport railways and aerotropolis names

Peter Thornton discusses the recent assessment on the economic viability of the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport project and accompanying urban development, and outlines points for a successful airport rail link.
05 October 2021

Is Globalisation through digital platforms a good idea?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers to introduce flexible work from home arrangements for their staff. Professor David Hensher looks at the pros and cons of implementing this on a global scale so that labour markets are not restricted by state or even country.