Dr Subeh Chowdhury
BE(Hons) (Civil and Environmental Engineering), PhD, PG Certificate in Academic Teaching
Subeh has a long history with the Faculty of Engineering by completing both her Bachelor of Engineering degree and her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. She is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty as a staff, Subeh worked for two Engineering consults, Opus and Beca for a combined period of 3 years. Her role in the industry was related to road safety, having worked on minor safety projects, speed analysis and crash reduction studies. She uses her practical experience for the 3rd year transport course she teaches and coordinates.
Subeh specialises in travel behaviour of Public Transport riders. She has a number of papers in reputable journals and has been a frequent attendee of Transportation Research Annual Meeting (TRB). Her research focuses on policy making of Integrated Public Transport systems, and designs of transfers. She has a strong interest in equity. Her research also focuses on women's barriers to the use of public transport, in particular their perception of safety. Under her guidance, one of her PhD student completed his study on people with disabilities and their use of public transport.
Her interest for transport equity can also be found in her teaching. She is a passionate teacher for sustainable transport. She teaches 3rd and 4th year courses along with Masters courses. Subeh works along side her PhD students to ensure their success. Currently she saw to completion two PhD students under her guidance as main supervisor.
Along with her research work, Subeh also reviews papers and has been a guest editor for journals. She has also co-chaired topic streams for the Australian Transport Research Forum (ATRF). At a faculty level, Subeh is the Faculty's Ethics Advisor.
Subeh has a strong interest to continue her link with the industry and welcomes collaborative projects. She is also available as a consultant.
Research | Current
Women's issues in transportation;
Use of VR/AR for bicycle usage;
Public transport (policy, operation and user behaviour);
Active modes (walking and cycling);
Teaching | Current
CIVIL 361 - Transportation Engineering 2 (Lecturer and Course Coordinator)
CIVIL 758 - Traffic Systems Design (Lecturer)
Civil 705 A/B - Final Year Research Project (Lecturer and co-course coordinator)
CIVIL 762 - Transportation Planning (Lecturer)
Civil 773 - Sustainable Transport (Lecturer and Course Coordinator)
- PhD student (Joint-Supervisor with School of Architecture)
Thesis title: Inclusion of social justice in public transit planning: Development of a systematic framework for accessibility evaluation.
- PhD student (Main supervisor)
Thesis title: Towards an enabled journey: An investigation of the whole journey chain for public transport journeys by people with disabilities.
- Two PhD students (co-supervisor).
On-going PhD topics:
- Pedestrian's risky crossing at unprotected, urban mid-block sections.
- Equity in bicycle usage by disadvantaged populaiton groups.
- Women's retention in Engineering firms.
- The use of shared spaces by cyclist and pedestrians.
Early Career Teaching Excellence Award
Scholarship to attend the America Walks National Walking Summit
Faculty of Teaching Portfolio Development Award, 2015 and 2017.
Early Doctoral Completion Award
Member of TRB AP025 (Public Transport)
Member of Scientic Committee of ATRF
Faculty and Department:
Faculty Ethics Advisor
Areas of expertise
Key topics of interest and expertise:
- Transport equity;
- Disadvantaged communites and their access to sustainable transport;
- Pedestrian use of road space;
- Public Transport (design, ridership);
- Women's issues for public transport ridership.
- Member of TRB AP025 (Public Transport)
- Member of ATRF's scientific committee
- Faculty Ethics Advisor
- Enginuity Day
- Courses and Careers Day
- CESA (founder)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Chowdhury, S., & van Wee, B. (2020). Examining women's perception of safety during waiting times at public transport terminals. Transport Policy, 94, 102-108. 10.1016/j.tranpol.2020.05.009
- Park, J., Chowdhury, S., & Wilson, D. (2020). Gap between Policymakers' Priorities and Users' Needs in Planning for Accessible Public Transit System. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING PART A-SYSTEMS, 146 (4)10.1061/JTEPBS.0000321
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Doug Wilson
- Soathong, A., Wilson, D., Ranjitkar, P., & Chowdhury, S. (2019). A Critical Review of Policies on Pedestrian Safety and a Case Study of New Zealand. SUSTAINABILITY, 11 (19)10.3390/su11195274
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Doug Wilson, Prakash Ranjitkar
- Adhi, S. N., Chowdhury, S., & Shiftan, Y. (2019). Justice in public transport systems: A comparative study of Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Vancouver. CITIES, 90, 88-99. 10.1016/j.cities.2019.01.031
- Chowdhury, S. (2019). Role of Gender in the Ridership of Public Transport Routes Involving Transfers. TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2673 (4), 855-863. 10.1177/0361198119837155
- Park, J., & Chowdhury, S. (2018). Investigating the barriers in a typical journey by public transport users with disabilities. Journal of Transport & Health10.1016/j.jth.2018.05.008
- Chowdhury, S., Hadas, Y., Gonzalez, V. A., & Schot, B. (2018). Public transport users' and policy makers' perceptions of integrated public transport systems. Transport Policy, 61, 75-83. 10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.10.001
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vicente Gonzalez
- Fatmi, M. R., Chowdhury, S., & Habib, M. A. (2017). Life history-oriented residential location choice model: A stress-based two-tier panel modeling approach. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 104, 293-307. 10.1016/j.tra.2017.06.006