Full Profile - Dr Ken Doust

Ken Doust

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

BEng (Civil) NSW Institute of Technology, Australia
MEng (Transport) University of New South Wales, Australia
PhD (Civil & Environmental Engineering), University of New South Wales, Australia

Area of interest: Strategic Sustainability Assessment

Dr Ken Doust is passionate about transport and transport systems that are sustainable. He is working at the UNSW Research Centre for Integrated Transport Infrastructure where his research focuses on the concept of sustainable trunk transport networks. These are networks which are configured to add a web like spatial structure to the transport system and contribute to creating sustainable accessibility in cities.

He is exploring whether there is a trend towards this type of structure in cities today and seeking to apply new sustainability assessment methods to generate evidence based sustainability metrics for cities with or with the potential to be structured with this form.

 By applying evidence based sustainability assessment techniques to suitable case study cities, he hopes to contribute an understanding to how effective the concept of sustainable city wide accessibility is. Ultimately, he would like to provide city planners with additional tools for making informed sustainability decisions.            

 Contemporary thinking is to structure cities and suburbs to provide local opportunities, thus minimising the need to travel far. However, people often prefer to have a choice of city wide opportunities. So the challenge is how to maximise sustainability while providing for city wide accessibility. Dr Doust hopes his research will add to the understanding of how effective the web like spatial structures are in improving sustainable accessibility in cities.

 “I have a passion for making a positive difference where I can,” said Dr Doust. “The scope of this work is long term, big picture and highly important for communities now and into the future.

 “The directions we take now can have lasting impact for 50 to 100 years,” he continued. “Making better choices for a sustainable future hinges on having methods to involve us all in the planning, using the most objective information we can.”