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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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08 March 2023

It’s called Frenchs Forest for a reason and why it is important to see the wood for the trees

Rico Merkert and David Li look at the effectiveness and authenticity of carbon offsetting when looking at the true carbon footprint of proposals.

06 February 2023

Counting the full costs of transport choices

John Rose is the Neil Smith Chair in Sustainable Transport Futures. Here, he discusses how calculating the environmental impact of transport involves more than simply calculating CO2 emissions.
09 January 2023

Taken for a ride: The real cost of Sydney's metro railways

Christopher Day and Dick Day question the value of the large investments made in Sydney's metro system and its proposed developments.
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.