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Distinguished Transport Lecture Series 2019

Updated: Apr 17, 2019

Walking - The Overlooked Element of Public Transport Travel

02 APR 2019 (TUE) | 19:00 - 20:00

Wang Gungwu Theater, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong



PROFESSOR EMERITA CORINNE MULLEY The University of Sydney, Australia


Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


The presentation will look at the ways in which walking contributes to a public transport trip and how this has policy implications for the way in which public transport should be planned. The presentation will look in some depth at the parts of the trip which involve walking and how these impact on policy – including the links to public health and the potential for ameliorating lifestyle diseases as well as the impact on how we typically justify the benefits of new transport infrastructure. Identifying a need for quantified evidence, the presentation will show how much walking is done in Sydney and how this can be translated into public health policy. The presentation will conclude with where more research is needed, a discussion of the challenges and future directions to make walking a more recognised part of public transport travel.


Professor Emerita Corinne Mulley was the inaugural Chair of Public Transport at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney. Corinne is a transport economist and was active in transport research at the interface of transport policy and economics.

During her career Corinne concentrated on specific issues relating to public transport. She led a high profile European and UK consortia undertaking benchmarking in urban public transport and has provided both practical and strategic advice to local and national governments on transport evaluation, including economic impact analysis, benchmarking, rural transport issues, and public transport management. Professor Mulley's research is motivated by a need to provide evidence for policy initiatives and she has been involved in such research at local, regional, national and European levels.

Whilst in Sydney, Corinne created links with the federal government, serving as an expert on the Public Transport Committee and National Infrastructure Audit for Infrastructure Australia and with the NSW state and local governments where she has offered advice as an expert on, for example, the Long Term Master Plan for NSW.

Despite retirement, Corinne will continue to be engaged in research at ITLS in particular with the Centre of Excellence work, funded by the Volvo Educational Trust, which is looking widely at Bus Rapid Transit issues, an ARC grant examining value capture as a funding mechanism for transport infrastructure, work with Transport for NSW evaluating regional transport flexible transport services, studies understanding travel behaviour and studies involving Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in different contexts.


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