Research at Canterbury University

The Civil and Natural Resources Engineering School at Canterbury University supports post-graduate and doctoral research into transport and transport infrastructure-related topics.  The reports from this research can often provide new insights into topical problems.  The reports on this research and a list of research from earlier years can be accessed via the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering website.

Examples of recent research for MET and PhD theses at Canterbury include:


  • Modelling bus dwell times.
  • Effect of speed cushions on traffic.
  • Recycled glass in asphalt pavements.
  • Network terminal reliabilty.
  • Uncertainty in transport planning models.
  • Feeder services to the Northern Busway.
  • Investigation of suitable roadway widths for pinch points.


  • Influence on safety of perceptual speed management treatments on New Zealand rural roads.
  • Dynamic response recovery tool to support decision making activities during emergency response events in New Zealand.
  • Influences on transport policymakers and attitudes towards peak oil.


  • Environmental capacity of local residential streets.
  • Behaviour of pavements stabilised using foamed bitumen.
  • Analysis of forecast travel time benefits against those realised.
  • Incorporating safety into rural highway design.
  • Effects of traffic calming devices on road safety and environmental conditions on urban local roads.

Current projects include:

  • Lowering urban traffic speeds to achieve sustainable land transport outcomes in New Zealand.
  • Travel demand estimation.
  • Bus travel time variability and bus bunching models.
  • Effectiveness of incident management on traffic network reliability.
  • Energy risk assessment method for freight transportation systems.
  • A logistics-based mode-change model for New Zealand freight transport.
  • Impacts of neighbourhood traffic management.
  • Environmental capacity of local residential streets.
  • Energy risk assessment method for freight transportation systems.