Ms Kristen Bell

Kristen investigates the priorities of public transport planners in cities with high-quality public transport. It is primarily based on interviews undertaken with public transport planners in Zurich, Munich, Vienna and London.

There is no consensus on how cities should best plan their transport public transport systems. Previous research in this field has extensively examined individual factors contributing to modal choice. Rather than focusing on the users of public transport systems, Kristen’s doctoral research uses grounded theory to examine the priorities of planners in four cities with high-quality public transport and learn from their planning successes. This research is supported by the ARC Discovery grant “Spatial Networks for Multimodal Urban Transport Systems: A planning decision support tool” (DP110104884), an AHURI Top-Up Scholarship and an European Union Centre travel grant.

Research interests:

Kristen is an urban and transport planner. She has worked for over ten years in the local government sector, primarily within metropolitan Melbourne. Kristen believes that land use and transport planning are inextricably linked, and her research and teaching interests span these two fields.


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