• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Sae is a transport economist and an early career researcher at the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC). She is also the Domain Specialist (Transport) at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) at the University of Melbourne. She holds a PhD in Transport Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering.

She is currently leading the following projects:

  • iMOVE CRC, DoT (WA) and UWA - Identifying opportunities to address transport disadvantage in Perth
  • iMOVE CRC, RAC and UWA - Smart Transport Technology Roadmap

She has industry experience in a range of transport projects (minor to major), primarily in conducting CBAs for highways, freight railways and intersections. Notably, she has conducted the freight demand forecasting and economic assessment (using CBA) for Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) Project.

Sae has also been awarded the following:

  • University of Western Australia Aspire Award
  • Young Researcher Award
  • Australasian Prize (Best Student Researcher at an Australian University)
  • High Degree Research Student Award
  • Regional Student Researcher Prize (Queensland and Northern Territory)

Funding overview

2021-2022: $99,594 - Identifying opportunities to address transport disadvantage in Perth (Project Lead) - iMOVE CRC, UWA and the Department of Transport (WA)

2020-2022: $200,000 - Smart Transport Technology Roadmap (Project Lead) – iMOVE CRC, UWA and the Royal Automobile Club of WA

2020: $19,800 - Travel Behaviour Change (TBC) Economic Appraisal Tool (Project Lead) – DoT (WA) and MRWA

2019-2020: $328,000 - Managing transport system investment risk: enhancing patronage predictions and adapting strategic asset management and appraisal processes to account for emerging trends and uncertainty (Sub-Project 4 Lead) – iMOVE CRC, Department of Transport (WA), Main Roads WA, the University of WA and Edith Cowan University


  • Impacts and uncertainties of future mobility and transport
  • Transport economics
  • Cost-benefit analysis (CBA)
  • Transport infrastructure
  • Infrastructure investment prioritisation
  • Freight and port
  • Transport externalities

Community engagement

  • Member of Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF)
  • Serving as an expert reviewer for the Road Externality Study that has been undertaken through the iMOVE Undergraduate Student Industry Program with the Department of Transport (WA)
  • Participating in the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Implementation Workshop
  • A successful delivery of CBA short course in 2019 to which over 100 people from WA government departments and agencies, including DoT, PTA, MRWA, Treasury (WA) and DPLH have attended

Teaching overview

Civil Engineering Systems (EGB123); Design and Planning of Highways (ENB372); Transport Engineering (ENB376); Civil Engineering Design Project (ENB476)




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Transport Economics, PhD, Developing a methodology for evaluating privately operated toll road projects using stochastic cost-benefit analysis, Queensland University of Technology

Jan 2014Apr 2017

Award Date: 5 Mar 2018

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology

Feb 2010Dec 2013

External positions

Domain Specialist (Transport), Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network

1 Mar 2022 → …

Industry keywords

  • Transport
  • Government

Research expertise keywords

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • multi-criteria assessment
  • transport infrastructure
  • Transport economics
  • Project appraisal
  • business case
  • infrastructure investment
  • port and freight
  • externality


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