Suitable as a PhD or Honours Project (can be adjusted to suit either)

Parking is a persistent problem in most cities worldwide. Cars are parked 95% of the time but the majority of mobility studies examine cars while in motion. In orthodox transportation planning, parking is deemed an essential part of the transportation system and is assumed to produce enormous benefits for its users. In reality, generous parking allocations adversely affect both transportation and land use (more so than road space requirements) and yet their effects are often overlooked or misunderstood. Most people are aware of urban problems like congestion and sprawl, but they often fail to connect these with parking policies and practices. Australian cities have sprawled on a scale fit for automobiles rather than humans because, in designing urban transport policies, planners have long assumed that most trips would be by car and that cars should be able to park easily in most areas. Limited progress has been made on the understanding and governance of parking space. Projects proposals, which investigate the impact of parking on revenue; mobility; community; and land use are welcome.

Contact: Dr Dorina Pojani