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Robbie Napper is an Industrial Designer, Researcher and Senior Lecturer with the Department of Design at Monash University, and Deputy Director of the Mobility Design Lab. Since joining Monash University in 2007 he has developed expertise in the design and manufacture of public transport vehicles, especially examining themes of modularity, mass customisation, user experience and user-centred design in public transport. From 2011-2013 he led the design and development of Australia’s most widely adopted route bus, the VolgrenOptimus. Robbie is an active member of the US National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, in the fields of Bus Transit Systems, and Transit Capacity and Quality of Service, and an Associate of Monash University's Public Transport Research Group.

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Industrial Design, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Industrial Design, Bachlor's Degree, First Class Honours, University of Canberra


Research area keywords

  • mobility
  • bicycle
  • design
  • public transport
  • transport
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Bicycle Safety

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Research Output

Urban Mobility Design

Coxon, S., Napper, R. & Richardson, M., 2019, 1 ed. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Volgren EV Roof Design

Fridman, I., Napper, R. & McCarney, A., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / ArchitectureResearch

Data co-synthesis in developing pubic product service systems

Fridman, I., Napper, R. & Roberts, S., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : CoDesign: International Journal of Cocreation in Design and the Arts. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Data objects: Design principles for data physicalisation

Sosa, R., Gerrard, V., Esparza, A., Torres, R. & Napper, R., 2018, 15th International Design Conference, DESIGN 2018. Marjanovic, D., Storga, M., Skec, S., Bojcetic, N. & Pavkovic, N. (eds.). Zagrab, Croatia: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Univ. of Zagreb, p. 1685-1696 12 p. (Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN; vol. 4).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Wheelie

Napper, R. & Roberts, S., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / ArchitectureResearch

Open Access


All door boarding bus services

Robbie Napper (Fellow)
12 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor

Safety Science (Journal)

Robbie Napper (Peer reviewer)
1 Jan 201920 Dec 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Copenhagenize Masterclass 2019

Robbie Napper (Organiser)
17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Delft University of Technology

Robbie Napper (Visiting researcher)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Australasian Transport Research Forum

Robbie Napper (Member of programme committee)
1 Oct 20191 Oct 2022

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

AUSTRALASIAN BUS & COACH: 'Volgren starts its first electric bus build: BYD chassis

Ilya Fridman, Robbie Napper & Adrian McCarney


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature