Professor Kevin O’Connor’s research explores the links between the economy and the growth and internal structure of cities. Recent activity has involved an analysis of logistics; the current focus is upon the role of airports in city development in the Asia Pacific region. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography, responsible for papers submitted from the Asia-Pacific region.
He uses results of his research in the debate about the strategic development of Melbourne, involving extensive contact with print and electronic media, along with briefings to professional groups, government, and private firms. This involvement has been recognised in professional awards from the Planning Institute of Australia and the Urban Development Institute of Australia.