• The University of Western Australia (M261), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Chi is a transport economist at Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC). She holds a PhD in Transport Economics and is specialised in cost-benefits analysis (CBA), economic analysis, transport infrastructure, investment assessment prioritisation, freight transport, freight costs and transport externalities. She is currently leading the iMOVE CRC Project 3.007 Managing transport system investment risk: enhancing patronage predictions and adapting strategic asset management and appraisal processes to account for emerging trends and uncertainty Subproject 4 for WA Transport Portfolio. Also, she has been involved in the iMOVE CRC Project 2.001 Planning intermodal and general logistics infrastructure for the future needs of Perth.

Before joining PATREC, she has conducted a number of economic analyses of various transport projects for Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Building Queensland and Infrastructure Australia as a consultant.

Research interests:

Cost-Benefit Analysis, infrastructure investment assessment and prioritisation, freight and port, Transport Economics and Engineering

Recent work:

  • Economic assessment of Your Move program
  • Rapid appraisal model for Active Travel Infrastructure initiatives
  • iMOVE CRC Project 2.001 - intermodal freight planning, freight generation modelling using land-use data, and reviewing technology trends in freight context
  • iMOVE CRC Project 3.007 - Assessing uncertainties of future mobility and transport within a transport infrastructure investment decision making framework

Industry experience:

  • Economic assessment of Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) Project 
  • Freight demand forecasting of Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) Project 
  • Economic assessment and prioritisations of Bruce Highway Link Flood Study 
  • Economic assessment of Hamilton Plains Flood Immunity Upgrade Project 
  • Economic assessment of Foster Road and Bruce Highway Upgrade Project 

Teaching experience (between 2014-2017):

  • EGB123 Civil Engineering Systems
  • ENB372 Design and Planning of Highways
  • ENB376 Transport Engineering
  • ENB476 Civil Engineering Design Project 


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




Education/Academic qualification

Transport Economics, PhD, Queensland University of Technology

Jan 2014Apr 2017

Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology

Feb 2010Dec 2013

Industry keywords

  • Transport
  • Government
  • Built Environment

Research expertise keywords

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Project risks
  • transport infrastructure
  • Transport economics
  • Project appraisal
  • business case
  • Major infrastructure
  • Transport projects
  • economic analysis
  • infrastructure investment
  • investment assessment
  • investment prioritisation
  • freight demand forecast
  • Freight Transport
  • freight costs

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Research Output

Open Access
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RailSmart Planning Wanneroo Technical Report

Robson, L., Biermann, S., Cardell-Oliver, R., Olaru, D., Martinus, K., Smith, B., Chi, S., Sun, C., Reed, T., Jie, F., Standing, C. & Parsons, C., 2019, Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC). 50 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther output

Open Access
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  • A Review of Cost-Benefit Analysis for Freight Projects

    Chi, S., Frost, T. & Ellis, B., 27 Nov 2017, Australasian Transport Research Forum 2017 Proceedings. Australia: The Australasian Transport Research Forum

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

  • Datasets


    Robson, L. (Contributor), The University of Western Australia, 1 May 2019




    • 3 Publication peer review
    • 1 Contribution or participation in a conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar or course
    • 1 Submissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency

    Research in Transportation Economics (Journal)

    Sae Chi (Reviewer)
    Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

    Review and Estimate the Impact and Value of Metropolitan Heavy Vehicle Externalities

    Sae Chi (Advisor)
    Jan 2019Jul 2019

    Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementSubmissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency

    Case Studies on Transport Policy (Journal)

    Sae Chi (Reviewer)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review

    PATREC CBA Seminar Series

    Sae Chi (Organiser)
    7 Aug 201922 Aug 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsParticipation in workshop, seminar or course

    Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy

    Sae Chi (Keynote speaker/Invited speaker)
    30 Nov 2019

    Activity: Conferences and workshopsContribution or participation in a conference


    Press / Media

    Article by iMove CRC

    Sae Chi & Tim Hoffman


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Monetising time savings makes toll roads financially stack up

    Sae Chi


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media