Griffith Transport Research Group

The Griffith Transport Research team includes some of Australia’s leading transport researchers. We work closely with a wide range of industry partners to help plan, build and manage transport systems and give people access to the jobs, goods and services they need in daily life. We also work to minimise the negative effects that transport systems often create. Increasingly influential, we are supported by funding agreements with key transport agencies, including in Queensland Government. Our university is today ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in the field of transportation science and technology.

Our research covers all modes including walking, bicycles, public transport, roads, freight, aviation, and shipping as well as the smart technology that is increasingly influential in moving people and goods. We have won six large Australian Research Council grants in transport in the last decade exploring questions as diverse as children’s walking to school, the effects of oil price increases and exploring new ways to fund public transport. Current projects include world leading research on how public transport systems change property values and on how blockchain technology can be used in supply-chain logistics.

Associate Professor Matthew Burke

Our HDR Students

Our PhD and honours students are essential team members and many are doing award-winning research. Students come from Australia and overseas and are funded by a mix of university, Australian Government and international scholarships. Current PhD students include:

  • Benjamin Kaufman - demand-responsive transit
  • Yiping Yan - demand modelling
  • Xueyan Zhang -  building information modelling for road projects

Our Adjunct Members

We also have outstanding Adjunct Professors:

  • Anthony Perl
  • Lex Brown
  • Bruce James


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) commissioned the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University to investigate innovative and alternative funding models to contribute additional funds and to expedite cycling infrastructure delivery in Queensland. Dr Abraham Leung, A/Prof Matthew Burke, Bruce James and Aidan Brotherton undertook the research.

More information including report here


This project, led by Associate Professor Matthew Burke, Professor Corrine Mulley and Professor Neil Sipe, with Assistant Professor Barbara Yen, Gui Lohmann and postdoctoral researcher Abraham Leung, was funded through the Australian Research Council (LP150100078) with contributions from City of Gold Coast, Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld), Transport for New South Wales and Queensland Airports Limited.

See more information on this project here


New research by our PhD student Ms Yiping "Jackie" Yan has for the first time revealed the scale of the transport problems caused by high rates of private schooling in Australia. Though differences between state and private school travel behaviours are more modest at the primary school level, there are striking differences at the secondary school level. Not only are around 60% of private secondary school children travelling to school by car in South East Queensland, over half of them travel over 8km to do so, twice as far as those driven to state schools. As this is happening in peak hour, on the arterial road network, private schooling is disproportionately adding to travel congestion. This short paper (pdf 598 KB), soon to be published in the proceedings of the 2019 Australasian Transport Research Forum explains Jackie's ground-breaking research findings. We are especially grateful to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads for providing data and assistance for Jackie's broader PhD research efforts.


Recent research on the “Funding on the Line" Australian Research Council Linkage Project has found significant gains in property values around the stations on the first 13 km stage of the Gold Coast light rail. Though there were only modest effects after opening, significant gains occurred earlier in the planning and construction phases of the light rail project. Many researchers have previously failed to look for effects in these earlier periods, underplaying the uplift that occurs in many public transport projects. In total, these effects pushed up property values within 800 m of the light rail stations by as much as 30% from 1996 to 2016. For more on the research findings, see Associate Professor Matthew Burke’s article published in The Conversation.

Transport YouTube video

Ben Kaufman's PhD Project: On-Demand Transit

Doing a PhD in the transport research team

Are you interested in undertaking a PhD in transport? We have supervisors available in areas such as transportation science, transport planning, transport engineering, transport economics, transport geography, transport & land use, travel behaviour, transport logistics, transport law or transport psychology. The Institute offers an excellent PhD program offering peer-support and the transport research team can provide you with industry contacts and access to data and models. We were awarded the Griffith Sciences group’s Excellence in a Research Team award in 2015 and our graduates are gaining positions in leading universities, transport agencies, operators and consultancies.

Please contact the researcher most aligned with your research interests, above, in the first instance. If you are uncertain who might be best placed as a possible supervisor, feel free to contact A/Prof Burke directly.

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