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Dr Sae Chi is a Transport Economist at Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) at UWA. She holds a PhD in Transport Economics and is specialised in infrastructure investment assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Before joining PATREC, she was working as a consultant at an economics consulting firm practicing Cost-Benefit Analysis. She also has project experiences in the freight sector.

Research interests:

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

Recent work:

  • Economic assessment of Your Move program
  • Rapid appraisal model for Active Travel Infrastructure initiatives
  • Freight intermodal demand study
  • Transport infrastructure investment assessment and prioritisation

Industry experience:

  • Economic assessment of Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor Project 
  • Freight demand modelling of Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor 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 




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


  • Government
  • Built Environment
  • Transport
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Project risks
  • Public-private partnership
  • Transport economics
  • Project appraisal
  • business case
  • Major infrastructure
  • Transport projects
  • Risk sharing
  • infrastructure investment
  • investment assessment
  • investment prioritisation

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Research Output 2016 2018

  • 2 Conference paper
  • 1 Conference presentation/ephemera
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Non-UWA Thesis
Cost-benefit analysis
Infrastructure projects
Private sector

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

Cost benefit analysis
Toll highways
Cost benefit analysis
cost-benefit analysis
transfer payments

The economic efficiency of value capture and road pricing to fund major transport projects

Chi, S. & Ellis, B., 23 Jun 2017, p. 1-16. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Economic efficiency
Value capture
Road pricing
Cost-benefit analysis

Comparative case study on cost-benefit analysis for toll road projects

Chi, S., Bunker, J. & Kajewski, S., 16 Nov 2016, ARRB Conference, 27th, 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Melbourne, Vic: ARRB Group, 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Toll highways
Cost benefit analysis
Decision making