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Fellows Research Projects

The underlying intention of the RA Fellowship is to develop the future leaders of our industry.  

To support this goal, our 2016 Fellows were asked to undertake a research project that demonstrated their:

  • understanding of key issues and challenges faced by industry,
  • ability to work together on a collective response, and
  • ability to communicate a convincing argument to key stakeholders to gather support for action.

The project brought together three teams of Fellows, each tasked with looking at a key challenge around the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles.  The geographic-based teams and tasks were:

  • NSW/ACT Team: Liveability and structure of cities
  • QLD/WA:  Network management
  • VIC: Public transport 

Each team prepared a summary recommendation report and presented its findings in a 10-minute presentation and Q&A session prior to the Fellows Annual Dinner.

An eminent panel comprising RA President David Stuart-Watt and 2017 Mentors Lisa Tobin (Group General Manager – Technology, Transurban) and David Saxelby (former RA Board Director) assessed the teams on the following criteria:

  • development of a clear and persuasive argument related to the topic area,
  • evidence of research that supports the position, and
  • effective communication of a convincing recommendation that addresses the problem statement.

The Panel found that each team delivered an excellent body of work that captured the range of issues facing governments and industry in preparation for the world of autonomous vehicles. 

The team from Qld/WA was judged as having responded most comprehensively to the project task.

The research work by the 2016 Fellows will contribute to the body of knowledge used to inform RA’s ongoing work with its industry and government partners on the advent of autonomous vehicles.

2016 Research Papers

VIC Team - public transport  CLICK HERE

NSW/ACT Team - Liveability and structure of cities CLICK HERE

QLD/WA Team - Network management  CLICK HERE