Ken Doust

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Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Research Centre for integrated Transport Innovation, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Civil Engineering Building (H20)

Level 1, Room CE104

Kensington Campus

Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI)

Dr Ken Doust joined rCITI as an adjunct senior lecturer in 2013. Ken’s original background as a railway civil engineer, has expanded over the years and he now holds a Masters in Civil Engineering (focusing on strategic planning of transport systems), Graduate Diploma in Systems Engineering (focused on railways) and a PhD  in Civil & Environmental Engineering, (focused on sustainability in urban transport infrastructure)

Ken has a passion for enabling climate change response and wider sustainability through good strategic planning and asset management process and has collaborated on international research into sustainability performance assessment in cities and transport systems. Ken also has experience teaching in this field at the Institute for Environmental Studies, UNSW School of Civil Engineering , UNSW School of Built Environment, and the UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.

Ken’s experience includes 24 years with State Rail in various infrastructure planning and maintenance roles and 11 years in railway consulting. Of particular note is Ken’s experience at applying systems engineering principles to plan, deliver and maintain optimised assets for the whole of their life.  This includes major infrastructure delivery experience in both the development of requirements and verification across various stages. Ken continues a strong research interest as Director of Windana Research Pty Ltd and through affiliations with other research centres including the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and the Coalition of Urban Sustainability & Climate Change Response Research (CUSCCRR).

Ken's doctoral research was centred on adding methodology for sustainability assessment, based on the three pillars of sustainability: environmental sustainability; social equity; and economic efficiency. Analysis undertaken with these metrics was with particular reference to Sydney: accessibility from home to job opportunities (equity); accessibility to labour markets from major employment centres (economic efficiency); and greenhouse gas emissions in the journey-to-work travel by car (environmental sustainability).

These metrics provided a more objective measure of sustainability performance outcomes, which, when applied with visualisation tools, make it easier to see if policy objectives have been met. Ongoing research in this field is to extend the principles of the methodology into a useful strategic scan tool and collate a typology of sustainability performance in a database of city forms & transport structures for use by city governments. 

Other research interests include the re engineering of existing infrastructure in both urban and regional areas, the aim being to leverage their value by applying leading technologies to suit emerging industries and  rejuvenate communities & their local economies.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Metrics of Environmental Sustainability, Social Equity and Economic Efficiency in Cities. These metrics provided a more objective measure of sustainability performance outcomes, which, when applied with visualisation tools, make it easier to see if policy objectives have been met. Ongoing research in this field is to extend the principles of the methodology into a useful strategic scan tool and collate a typology of sustainability performance in a database of city forms & transport structures for use by city governments. 
  • Other research interests include the re engineering of existing infrastructure in both urban and regional areas, the aim being to leverage their value by applying leading technologies to suit emerging industries and  rejuvenate communities & their local economies.
  • Research in areas of expertise: Sustainable transport and cities, Climate change response, Railway infrastructure, High speed guided transport, Asset management, Systems engineering & management, Strategic transport planning, Maintenance planning.

DEGREE(S) 

  • Degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) NSW Institute of Technology, 1981
  • Master of Engineering (Transport) University of New South Wales, 1988
  • Graduate Diploma in Systems Engineering, University of Wollongong, 1996
  • PhD Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of NSW, 2008  (Thesis: Metrics of Environmental Sustainability, Social Equity and Economic Efficiency in Cities)