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Transport and Logistics Open Network

Transport and logistics is the movement of people, animals and freight from one place to another for economic or social purposes. It is the basis of modern civilisation. The movement of goods and people locally, nationally and internationally underpins all commercial, community and personal activities. People and freight are moved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Without the continuing and efficient movement of people and freight, most human activity in the 21st Century would come to a halt within hours and days.

There are many academic disciplines that intersect with this complex topic – transport planning, geography, demography, project management, supply chain studies, environmental science, workforce development, information technology. There are modal interests at play - rail, road, maritime, aviation, warehousing and distribution. Each has their own academic research focus.

TALON has been established to work between the various technical, modal and disciplinary groups. Supply chains and passenger movement are all part of the economy and society. Freight and public transport live side by side, especially in big cities. To understand only one aspect of transport and logistics is to run the risk of not seeing the wider picture. To focus solely on policy is to ignore practice; and to focus primarily on systems and modelling is to ignore the vital role politics, values and management play in the movement of freight and people in society.

Transport and logistics is primarily a real world activity. It is therefore logical that research in this area should also be practical and outcomes focused. TALON will encourage and support research projects that address issues in conjunction with industry stakeholders.


  • To create an open and inclusive research network for people of different transport and logistics disciplines who have a shared interest in the movement of people and freight in Australia
  • To provide a platform for collaborative research projects and sharing of knowledge in the area of transport and logistics
  • Engage with industry stakeholders to assist them in solving "messy" real world problems


Professor Daryll Hull
Professor Daryll Hull, Centre for Workforce Futures, Faculty of Business and Economics, MQ

Professor Lucy Taksa
Professor Lucy Taksa, Department of Marketing and Management and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business and Economics, MQ

TALON, in conjunction with other research networks in the Department and the Centre for Workforce Futures will provide a focus on critical mutli-dimensional elements of the technical and human dimensions of freight and passenger movements. These elements include (but are not limited to):

  • City Logistics e.g. "first and last mile" deliveries
  • Supply chain optimisation e.g. procurement and systems integration
  • Public and private transport systems in urban areas e.g. commuter movements in cities
  • Transport and the environment e.g. alternative vehicles, trip planning
  • Technological change and productivity e.g. high productivity vehicles, driverless trucks
  • Collaborative strategies in transport and logistics e.g. freight partnerships
  • Congestion strategies e.g. pricing and regulation
  • Urban freight systems e.g. urban consolidation centres and urban productivity
  • Transport Infrastructure e.g. rail versus road development
  • The economics of transport and logistics e.g. investment and returns, public versus private funding
  • Intelligent Transport Systems e.g. route optimisation and scheduling
  • Safety and Workers' Health in transport and Logistics e.g. policies and outcomes
  • Workforce development and skills in supply chain and logistics e.g. access to skills, on-the-job learning
  • Workplace relations in transport and logistics e.g. industrial relations and workforce engagement
  • Public policy and regulation e.g. voluntary codes versus legislative systems
  • Modal issues (e.g. specific road, rail, ,maritime and aviation matters)

We Investigate

Our main interest is in the application of theory to practice. Thus we seek long term relationships with industry stakeholders to undertake applied research. We are a multi-disciplinary network, drawing from transport engineering, human geography, urban planning, economics, industrial relations, workforce development and more.

We also accept that the best transport and logistics knowledge may not be in any one Department on any one campus. We seek alliances, collaboration and partnerships across all campuses, and in conjunction with industrial stakeholders.