Selby Coxon

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Autonomous Vehicles
Passenger Rail
Public Transport


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr. Selby Coxon is the Director of the Mobility Design Lab hosted by the Department of Design at MADA. He holds a PhD, Masters and Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. His professional career spans over thirty years working for both the corporate sector; Philips Electronics and Schlumberger and private consultancy; IDC and Anglo Nordic Design in Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. 

His research interests, especially in his current role, concern improvements and far reaching ambitious interventions in the design of mobility, particularly public transport. Research projects undertaken have been for a diverse group of organisations; Metro Trains Melbourne, Yarra Trams, Volgren, Transdev, General Motors and SNCF (the French National Railway). 

Key research themes are: -

The implications of automation and driverless vehicles.

Passenger transport user experience.

Implications of new energy systems on design.

The accessibility of mobility infrastructure.

Capacity and crowding.

Speculative new disruptors to current transport orthodoxy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Design , PhD, A Design Study of Metropolitan Rail Carriage Interior Configuration to Improve boarding, alighting, passenger dispersal and dwell time stability , MONASH UNIVERSITY

1 Feb 20071 May 2015

Award Date: 1 May 2015

Industrial Design, Masters by Research, A Domestic Cooking Appliance: A fundamental Re-Evaluation, MONASH UNIVERSITY

1 Feb 20011 Mar 2004

Award Date: 1 Mar 2004

Industrial Design, Bachelor of Design (Honours), Passenger Airline seating and LCD portable Television, Northumbria University

1 Sept 19841 Jun 1987

Award Date: 1 Jun 1987

Research area keywords

  • automation and driverless vehicles
  • user experience
  • passenger transport
  • new energy systems
  • mobility infrastructure
  • industrial design
  • Design-based research

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