Dr Subeh Chowdhury

BE(Hons) (Civil and Environmental Engineering), PhD


Subeh joined the University of Auckland as a lecturer after completing her doctoral study. The main research question her study addressed was "What factors (operational and cognitive) influence public transport users'​ willingness to make transfers?". Her primary research area is in travel behaviour of public transport users. She also specialises in transportation planning and has research interest in active modes. Previously, she has worked with Opus International Consultants and Beca Consultants for a combined period of 3 years as a Transportation Engineer. Her time in the industry involved working with various alliance transportation projects (minor traffic safety, temporary traffic management, crash reduction studies etc.). She maintains her link with the industry by providing sponsored research projects to her students. She is also an active member of the IPENZ Transport Group.

Subeh has publications in well-known international journals such as Transport Policy, Journal of Transport Geography, Journal of Public Transportation, and Transportation Planning and Technology. She is an editor for Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Special Issue on Public Transport. She was also the Deputy Chair for the Australasian Transport Research Forum 2017.  



Research | Current

  • Land use and sustainable transportation;

  • Public transport (policy, operation and user behaviour);

  • Active modes (walking and cycling);

  • Paratransit.

Teaching | Current

CIVIL 361 - Transportation Engineering 2 (Lecturer and Course Coordinator)

CIVIL 758 -  Traffic Systems Design (Lecturer)

CIVIL 762 - Transportation Planning (Lecturer)

Civil 773 - Sustainable Transport (Lecturer and Course Coordinator)



Postgraduate supervision

Main supervisor of two PhD students

Co-supervisor of three PhD students


  • Early Career Teaching Excellence Award

  • Scholarship to attend the America Walks National Walking Summit

  • Faculty of Teaching Portfolio Development Award

  • Early Doctoral Completion Award

Areas of expertise

  • Travel Behaviour
  • Public Transport
  • Transportation Planning and Land Use


Committees/Professional groups/Services

American Society of Civil Engineers Public Transport, Secretary.

Department of Civil Engineering, Year 2/3 Course Advisor (2015-2017)

Enginuity Day

Courses and Careers Day

Civil Club (founder)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44601
    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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36047
  • Chowdhury, S. J., Govender, D., Govender, D. J., & Ceder, A. (2017). Assessing Connectivity Equity of a Regional Public Transport Network. Paper presented at Transportation Research 96th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.. 8 January - 12 January 2017. (pp. 15). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32768
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avishai Ceder
  • Liu, T., Ceder, A., & Chowdhury, S. J. (2017). Integrated public transport timetable synchronization with vehicle scheduling. Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, 13 (10), 932-954. 10.1080/23249935.2017.1353555
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36051
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avishai Ceder
  • Chowdhury, S., & Ceder, A. (2016). Users’ willingness to ride an integrated public-transport service: A literature review. Transport Policy, 48, 183-195. 10.1016/j.tranpol.2016.03.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28519
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avishai Ceder


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 10, Room 1015
New Zealand

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