Chris De Gruyter

Chris is a Senior Research Fellow and Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow leading a project titled 'Impacts of the apartment boom on public transport in Australian cities'.

Chris conducts research in the area of transport and land use planning, with a focus on understanding the impacts of new residential development on the transport system.

Prior to joining RMIT University, Chris was a Research Fellow and Deputy Director in the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University. He also worked in transport planning for 12 years, both with the Victorian government and in consulting.

Chris’ wider research interests span the areas of public transport, land use planning, travel demand management, and parking policy.

Chris is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford.

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Packed like sardines: Impacts of the apartment boom on public transport in Australian cities


This project is investigating the impacts of high-density housing on public transport use and service provision to directly inform policy and practice for reducing passenger overcrowding and enhancing liveability in cities.

Innovative responses to urban transportation: current practice in Australian cities


This project investigates drivers and processes of change within Australian metropolitan transport systems to identify future options and directions for policy development.

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Road to recovery: experts on where Federal Budget funding should go

05 May 2021

Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19 has been better than predicted, so what can we expect from this year’s Federal Budget? RMIT academics share their expert view on where the cash can be splashed for the greatest benefit.

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How can Melbourne’s new apartments steer away from excess car parking?

10 October 2020

New apartments are providing more parking than residents need, leading to smaller and fewer homes for higher prices. RMIT experts discuss how policymakers can get the car parking balance right.

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Risky driving accelerates crashes among Vietnamese motorcycle taxis

18 May 2020

New research shows almost one-third of app-based motorcycle taxi drivers in Vietnam have had a road crash, with an astounding 80% attributing the cause to their own risky driving.

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Bringing offices to suburbia is the next step post COVID-19

04 May 2020

Creating new co-working office spaces in our suburbs could be accessible to 97% of Melburnians with just a short ride or walk, helping manage risk post COVID-19, finds new RMIT research.


Calculation of policy-relevant spatial indicators of urban liveability: experiences of scaling a research programme from local to global

Carl Higgs, Dr Amanda Alderton, , Deepti Adlakha, , Geoff Boeing, Dr Alan Both, Ester Cerin, Manoj Chandrabose, Chris De Gruyter, Lucy Gunn, Alysha De Livera, Erica Hinckson, Shiqin Liu, Suzanne Mavoa, James Sallis, Koen Simons, Billie Giles-Corti

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Street space allocation and use in Melbourne’s activity centres – Working paper

Chris De Gruyter, Seyed Mojib Zahraee, Emeritus Professor William Young

Using a case study of Melbourne, this research aims to understand how much street space is allocated to each mode of transport and how this compares to the use of each mode of transport.

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