Sae Chi

Dr, PhD, BEng

  • 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 holds a PhD in Transport Economics and Bachelor of Engineering.

She is currently taking the lead of:

  • iMOVE RAC UWA - Smart Transport Technology Roadmap
  • DoT MRWA - Travel Behaviour Change (TBC) Economic Appraisal Tool (TREAM)

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.

Funding overview

2020-2021: $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

Previous projects

  • iMOVE CRC Project 3.007 Managing transport system investment risk: Subproject 4 with Transport Portfolio Investment Coordination team
  • iMOVE CRC Project 2.001 Planning intermodal and general logistics infrastructure for the future needs of Perth
  • RailSmart Planning Support Tool - to develop rapid appraisal cost-benefit analysis models for Your Move and Active Travel Infrastructure Initiatives (available publicly on

Services and other work

  • 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)


  • 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)




Education/Academic qualification

Transport Economics, PhD, Queensland University of Technology

Jan 2014Apr 2017

Award Date: 5 Mar 2018

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology

Feb 2010Dec 2013

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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