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The 2023 Transport Knowledge Conference was held on 28 Nov at the Victoria University of Wellington.

Thank you for attending and we trust you found the conference interesting and worthwhile.

Presentation Abstracts can be viewed via the tab above.

Check back soon for the 2024 conference date and further information.





Shifting Gears — Collectively moving our transport system forward

Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka

Conference Welcome

The Transport Knowledge Hub will host the ninth Transport Knowledge Conference that will be held on Tuesday 28 November 2023 at Victoria University of Wellington.


The Conference will be an-in-person event. 

Conference Overview:

The transport sector plays a pivotal role in Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan as transport will need to almost fully decarbonised by 2050 in order to achieve the national target of reach net zero by 2050. Decarbonising the transport system requires implementing a mix of transformational changes and actions to deliver better transport for New Zealanders, making it more sustainable, inclusive, safe and accessible.


The theme for Transport Knowledge Conference 2023 is: Shifting Gears – Collectively moving our transport system forward.

The transport system is currently faced with significant challenges that have a flow-on impact to social, environmental, cultural and economic systems. A collective and proactive effort is needed for the actors in the system to work more collaboratively and cohesively to effect both the incremental and transformational change needed in the system. It is important to have the right levers through a strong evidence base along with incremental learnings from past behaviours. Leading from the front to ensure we are well equipped to make the right investment decisions will be at the core of TKC 2023.

We invite transport researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts, using the following sub-themes, to explore what the transition looks like and what it really means to our transport system and professions:


  • Change and behaviour
    At the core of system and human changes to the transport system is how we can effectively change the system and encourage the right behaviour to effect this change.  

  • Actions and actors
    At the core of system and human changes to the transport system are actions that need to be taken to implement changes. The actors in the system play a pivotal role, it is important to understand their needs and behaviour and how they can be influenced.  

  • Investment and planning
    At the core of system and human changes to the transport system are ensuring investment is robust and fit for purpose, with the right funding models in place. Our investments need the right planning and to be well prioritised to ensure a well-functioning future system.  


The purpose of the conference is to bring together the transport research, data and evaluation community with government officials, decision makers and policy teams from across the wider transport sector.


Conference objectives:

  • Enhance the use of evidence (data, information, research and evaluation) to inform decision-making

  • Provide a forum for people working across the transport sector to share, build, and maintain their transport knowledge

  • Create a thriving transport research, data and evaluation community that delivers an evidence-based transport system that improves wellbeing and liveability. 


The Transport Knowledge Conference aims to connect transport-sector professionals and promote the sharing of transport data, evidence, knowledge, research, information, capabilities, and ideas.


We look forward to seeing you there!


Conference Venue

Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus

Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka

23 Lambton Quay, Wellington 

(entrance to Rutherford House off Bunny Street)

Google maps link


 8.00 am      Registration Desk Open 

 8:50 am      Mihi whakatau and opening address

 9:15 am      Keynote Speaker  - Geoff Cooper

 9:40 am      Keynote Speaker - Professor Ekant Veer

 10:05 am    Keynote Speaker - Tredegar Hall

 10:30 am    Morning Tea 

 11:00 am    Parallel Session 1 

 12:20 pm    Lunch 

 1:10 pm      Keynote Speaker - Dr Roselle Thoreau

 1:40 pm      Parallel Session 2 

 3:00 pm      Afternoon Tea 

 3:30 pm      Parallel Session 3 

 4.45 pm      Networking Drinks & Nibbles (Cash Bar)

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