A/PROF Russell Thompson

A/PROF Russell Thompson


  • City Logistics
  • Disaster Management
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Physical Internet
  • Urban Freight



  • Russell is an Associate Professor in Transport Engineering in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His research areas are City Logistics, resilient transport systems and intelligent transport systems.

    He has over 20 years of experience in freight research. Russell has been involved in a numerous local and international studies relating to urban freight, including the European Union’s Best Urban Freight Solutions (BESTUFS) project and the OECD report on urban distribution.
    Russell was a founding Director and has been the Vice President of the Institute for City Logistics based in Kyoto since 1999. He is also a Team Leader of the Volvo Research and Education Foundation’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. He has been involved in several studies that have estimated the economic, environmental and safety benefits of performance based standards. Russell has published over 15 books and 100 refereed publications in the field of urban freight. He is currently involved in a number of projects involving the Physical Internet.

    Russell leads the Transport research program in the Centre of Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) and coordinates projects relating to the disruption and recovery of traffic networks, traffic guidance systems and humanitarian logistics.   


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2015 - 2017: Sarvi, Rajabifard, Seible, Thompson, Miller-Hooks, Wall, Leighton and Alison, Planning and managing transport systems for extreme events through spatial enablement, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, VicRoads, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, ARC LP140100369, Total Funding $525k

    2013-2015: S. Winter, M. Savelsbergh, M. Wallace, L. Kulik, R. Kotagiri, R. Thompson and C. Duffield, 'Integrated Mobility on Demand in urban transport infrastructures', ARC LInkage Project with VicRoads, Yarra Trams, Haasz technology Pty Ltd, Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Limited, Victorian Department of Transport, Australian Research Council, ARC funding $330K   


Education and training

  • MEngSc, Monash University
  • BAppSc, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • PhD, University of Melbourne