DR John Stone


  • Planning for autonomous and connected vehicle technologies
  • Public transport international comparative analysis
  • Public transport planning and politics (public transport)



  • Dr Stone is a Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning in Urban Planning Program in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. His research seeks to improve public transport performance in Australian cities through a greater understanding of the professional practice and the political and institutional context for public transport planning in similar cities in Canada and in German-speaking Europe. He is currently pursuing opportunities for greater exchange between Australian practitioners and their international counterparts, perticularly on the need for new approaches to planning to manage the transition to new shaerd and autonomous vehicle technologies and business models. His research has identified many opportunities for more effective and efficient public transport in Australian cities through better service coordination and more efficient network design. Since completing his PhD in 2008, his work here and at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research has been funded through grants including an ARC Discovery Project and a Commonwealth Endeavour Research Fellowship. This work follows over 20 years engagement with public transport management in Melbourne that has included work in local government and the community sector.    


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  • 2015 Scholar in Residence European Union Centre on Shared Complex Challenges - research interviews with transit agencies in Munich, Vienna and Berlin to explore service standards and performance indicators used in tenders for urban and regional service provision 2014 CCIF Facilitation Grant 'Identifying opportunities for policy learning' and CCIF Collaboration Grant 'Transit for All: improving Melbourne station design" 2013 University of Melbourne Dyason Fellowship to pursue international collaborations in research to document and analyse professional public transport planning practice in German-speaking Europe 2012 Commonwealth Endeavour Research Fellowship based at the Technical University Munich. From February to July 2012, he held an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship at mobil.TUM, a multi-disciplinary social and engineering research group at TU Munich. this research sought a better understanding of European success in organising cooperation to create effective urban public transport networks, and explore the opportunities for transfer to Australian cities of relevant institutional processes and technical expertise. 2010- 2014, Chief Investigator on a successful Australian Research Council research application: New paradigms in urban public transport planning in Australia: assessing the capacity of institutions and infrastructure. Since February 2011, he has been employed, part-time, at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research as a Research Fellow on this project. 2008-2009 Land Transport New Zealand (LTNZ) Research Grant In collaboration with researchers from Massey University, RMIT and the Norwegian Institute for Transport Economics - Investigating the application of best practice public transport planning &techniques in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.    


Education and training

  • B. Sc., University of Melbourne
  • Ph. D., Swinburne University of Technology 2008

Awards and honors

  • The 2008 McLoughlin Postgraduate Award for paper 'Contrasts in reform: How the Cain and Burke years shaped public transport in Melbourne and Perth', Urban Policy and Research Journal, 2009



Available for supervision

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