Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning,
The University of Melbourne, Parkville,
Victoria, 3010, Australia.
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Since 1989, John has played a key role in strengthening the policy base for modern approaches to transport planning in Melbourne in local government and in the community sector.
Before coming to GAMUT in April 2007, John undertook PhD studies jointly with Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne. The thesis on "Political and social factors in the decline of mass transit: an investigation of failed policies to rebuild Melbourne's mass transit" was supported by an APAI scholarship with local government industry partners. The thesis compares the political and institutional landscape surrounding public transport reform in Melbourne, Perth and Vancouver since the 1970s. It is due for submission in Sept 2007.
In 1998, John wrote Melbourne's first modern local government Integrated Transport Strategy for Moreland City Council and worked on the Council staff to see the Strategy adopted and implemented.
He has published a number of important pieces of research and analysis of Melbourne's transport system, and has debated the professional planning community in its own forums and in the wider community.
Between 1989 and 1997, John was part of the management team of Environment Victoria, Victoria's peak community environment advocacy group.