Name: Laura Aston

Title: Research student

Affiliation: Monash University

Laura’s professional and academic pursuits are driven by an interest in the role of transportation in achieving sustainable objectives in the urban realm. Prior to joining Monash, Laura gained experience in sustainability consulting in the private sector, and as a transport planner for the Victorian State Government.

Laura is currently undertaking her PhD, investigating the relationship between the built environment and public transport use. Her research interests include sustainable travel behaviour and transport and land use integration.

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons)/ Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

Journal articles

ASTON, L., CURRIE, G. & PAVKOVA, K. 2016. Does transit mode influence the transit-orientation of urban development? – An empirical study. Journal of Transport Geography, 55, 83-91.


Conference papers

Walsh, E. & Aston, L. 2018, Targeting Cycling Infrastructure at Railway Stations: A Ride Share Propensity Index, National Conference of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Inc., Perth, Western Australian, 24 – 27 July, 2018.

ASTON, L., CURRIE, G. & PAVKOVA, K. 2015. Investigating the Transit-Orientation of Existing Urban Development Around Melbourne Trams Compared to Other Public Transport Modes. Australasian Transportation Research Forum. Sydney, Australia.


Poster presentation

ASTON, L., CURRIE, G. & PAVKOVA, K. Is There a Modal Bias to the Transit-Orientation of Urban Development?  Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, 2016.



Aston, L., Currie, G., Delbosc, A., Kamruzzaman, M., O’Hare, T., & Teller, D. (2019). Built environment and transit use meta-analysis database [Data set].

Student Membership Representative – Institute of Transportation Engineers

ITE-ANZ President’s Award for Excellence for contribution to young member activities, 2017

AITPM Young Professional of The Year, 2017

ITE-ANZ Undergraduate Student Prize for Outstanding Coursework Research, 2015

Engineering Excellence Award, Monash University, 2009

Co-vice president, ITE-ANZ, 2019

Young Member Liaison, ADD20 (Economic and Social Factors in Planning), Transportation Research Board

Chair, ITE-ANZ Student Leadership Summit, 2019

Board, ITE-ANZ, 2017 – present

Student Membership Representative – ITE, 2017, 2018

Student Member, Planning Institute of Australia, 2017 – present

Student member, AITPM, 2016 – present