School of Civil Engineering

Professor Philip Charles

Office: 50-S420
Phone: +61 7 3443 2486

Professor Phil Charles was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Transport commencing in 1998 through to 2010. He has developed and implemented transport strategy and policy initiatives across Australia and is an experienced researcher and educator.

He has worked in technical and senior management roles covering transport strategy, planning and operations; research, education and consulting. He has undertaken senior management roles in New South Wales and Western Australian state road agencies, been chief executive of AUSTROADS, and a transport consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.

He has graduate and postgraduate qualifications in civil engineering (transport), business, public administration and education. He has expertise and experience in transport strategy development and implementation, intelligent transport systems, road safety, traffic and incident management, public transport, strategic analysis and futures scanning, institutional strengthening, and professional capability development.

Professor Charles has organised specialist transport conferences, including the Smart Urban Transport and Smart Traffic series, has been providing continuing professional development transport courses.


  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education – 2010, UQ.
  • Graduate Diploma in Management (Business Administration), 1999, Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW

  • Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management (Distinction), 1988, University of Technology

  • Master of Engineering Science (Transport), 1984, University of NSW

  • Bachelor of Business (Public Administration), 1981, Riverina College of Advanced Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours Class 1), 1974, University of NSW


Development and implementation of regional transport strategy, urban passenger transport and traffic incident management.

Teaching and Learning

Current CRC for Rail Innovation research projects on urban passenger rail, including Future Growth Strategies, Station Access and Station Design.

Key Publications

  • Charles, P. Ferreira, L. and Galiza, R. 2011. Improving traffic systems strategy and operations 
using a capability maturity approach, Australasian Transport Research Forum, Adelaide.
  • Charles, P. 2007. Traffic Incident Management Best Practice, Project Report AP304/07, Austroads, Sydney.
  • Charles, P. 2007. Review of Current Traffic Incident Management Practices, Report AP-R297/07, Austroads, Sydney.
  • Charles, P. 2005. Effective Implementation of Regional Transport Strategy: Traffic Incident Management Case Study, WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, Vol 77 (1), pp609-618.
  • Charles, P. and Sayeg, P. (eds) 2005. Transport Innovations: A New Era for Australia

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