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PhD Candidate and Sessional Lecturer in Planning, The University of Melbourne

Iain Lawrie is a PhD researcher at the University of Melbourne. His research builds on over 20 years of experience in the transport, energy and infrastructure industries. He has held senior management and director level positions with multinational development and consultancy firms, where he led regulatory and government approvals on over $1billion of infrastructure investment. He has also held leadership roles in the policy and advocacy space, for several years chairing the Clean Energy Council's wind industry lobbying efforts. He has a passion however for transport planning and currently teaches in that space at the University of Melbourne. He has published and presented on a range of public transport related research interests. His PhD research is investigating the future policy interplay between Mobility as a Service and autonomous vehicle technologies and legacy public transport networks. This research builds on undergraduate Geography and Urban Planning qualifications and an MPhil in Infrastructure Engineering which investigated drivers behind different mass transit ridership levels in comparable cities. He is motivated by a desire to understand effective policy levers to promote sustainable, efficient and equitable transport outcomes.


  • 2016–present
    Sessional tutor, University of Melbourne
  • 2017–present
    Senior Place Planner, Department of Transport
  • 2014–2017
    Chair, Clean Energy Council
  • 2008–2017
    Senior Manager Development, ACCIONA Energy
  • 2004–2008
    Associate Director, Urbis
  • 2000–2004
    Manager Property and Planning, Urbis


  • 2007 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Philosophy Infrastructure Engineering
  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne, Post Graduate Diploma Urban Planning
  • 1997 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Geography, Urban Planning)