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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

Award Date: 26 Apr 2012

Industrial Design, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 17 Apr 2011

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


Award Date: 17 Dec 2004

Research area keywords

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


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