Multidisciplinary, data-driven, policy and industry engaged transport research.

Transport@RMIT brings to bear a broad range of research capacity informing how policy, industry, data and technology can shape transport that improves our cities, economies and lives. Our multidisciplinary expertise focuses on productive, sustainable and inclusive transport systems for growing and complex large cities.

About Transport@RMIT

The aim of the Transport@RMIT Network is to bring together transport researchers and educators across RMIT to enhance, promote and deploy the university’s interdisciplinary capability in transport.

Given rapid urbanisation, population and economic growth, we assist the public and private sectors to transform how transport is planned, built, and governed to achieve healthy and sustainable urban development as well as responding to complex and changing regional and national economies. Transport@RMIT has a significant span of capabilities, from policy and social research to spatial analysis, technology, big data, engineering and design.

Our research is policy and industry relevant, based on conceptually rigorous approaches and data driven analysis. This collaborative research with policy-makers, industry and practitioners, helps to maximise the relevance of our research, but also importantly, disseminate our findings.

Research generated by Transport@RMIT contributes to the strategic understanding of the pressing challenges in our growing cities; informing evidence based policy and industry decision-making; directing us to data and technology to identify issues and understand behaviour; and helping us to exploit opportunities of emerging technology and manage innovation risk.

Challenges: A growing and transitioning transport system

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The research skills and competencies within Transport@RMIT can be applied to a broad range of problems, policies, partnerships and industries. Our researchers draw on their diverse skills to not only solve problems, but also to articulate the vision and pathways to achieve it.   



Transport@RMIT is part of the Urban Futures Enabling Capabilities Platform

RMIT’s Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) harnesses expertise from across the university to solve critical urban problems. Its activity enables new research collaborations between RMIT policy makers, industry, practitioners and other city stakeholders. Transport@RMIT is a key part of the ECP and leads multidisciplinary responses to the pressing urban challenges of transport in a complex and growing urban environment.



Research themes

Urban transport for large and complex cities

Capability across policy, planning and social research, spatial analysis, data and technology to define problems, identify solutions and assess policy interventions

  • Urban transport governance, & policy analysis
  • Transport & land use integration
  • Congestion management
  • Travel behaviour & mode shift
  • Social, environmental, health  & equity outcomes
  • Transport systems & productivity
  • Infrastructure assessment, option analysis & financing

Freight & logistics for growing economies

Capacity across business, IT, logistics, engineering, science, planning and policy

  • Freight flow modelling
  • Logistics clusters
  • Port logistics
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Intelligent automation & trusted autonomous systems
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Data, technology & supply change management & collaboration, including blockchain
  • Environmental impact of freight    

Healthy and active transport

Capacity across population health, planning, policy, safety, design, spatial analysis

  • Evidence linking transport with health including economic models
  • Active transport policy, infrastructure & planning
  • Cyclist and pedestrian safety, policy & promotion
  • Transport determinants of liveability
  • Walkability    

Data & Technology

  • Emerging technology
  • User-centred technology, data and behavioural analysis
  • Activity-based modelling
  • Smartphone, IOT, Smart card, travel data & analytics
  • Personalised mobility & journey planning
  • Social media, sentiment & user experience data capture and analysis
  • Governance, policy & regulation
  • Autonomous vehicles & cyber-physical systems
  • Vehicle efficiency
  • Remote sensing & machine learning
  • Gamification & apps    


  • Industrial design
  • Technology
  • Vehicle design including  conception, design, visualisation & proof of concept prototyping of cars, trains, aviation, bikes & shared vehicles
  • Urban design & safety, including pedestrian safety
  • Infrastructure design & urban realm
  • User testing    

Spatial analysis and modelling

  • Spatial, analytics & mapping
  • Behaviour change models
  • Social data analysis
  • Travel behaviour modelling   

Our people

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Meet our researchers

Meet the people who contribute to Transport@RMIT.

Case studies

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If you're not sure how you can best work with us, our team can explain what's possible and put you in touch with the right person. 

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer