Researcher biography

Dr Maisie Rahbar is a postdoc research fellow in Emerging Mobility within the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. As a Transport Modeller with over 9 years of experience in the field of transport modelling and planning, she has been involved in a wide range of multi-disciplinary projects for clients such as state governments, delivery authorities, and local councils, in Australia and internationally. Her areas of interest and expertise are broadly in the area of strategic transport modeling and planning, public transport, statistical modeling, large-scale transport data analysis and modeling, and travel behavior modeling.

At UQ, she is leading a research team working on the UQ Mobility as a Service (MaaS) trial known as ODIN PASS, funded by the Department of Transport and Main Road, iMove CRC, and UQ. In this trial, Maisie has been leading a research team to evaluate the impact that MaaS has on travel behaviour at UQ, as well as more broadly across Queensland. This trial will also provide detailed insight into consumer willingness-to-pay for MaaS passes/plans, as well as consumer preferences towards different transport modes such as micro-mobility.

Maisie has also been awarded the following:

2022 UQ Awards for Excellence in Innovation

2021 Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Award in Innovation

2017 People's Choice Award of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

2017 Best Innovation Award in the Field of Sustainability

2016 The David Willis Memorial Prize

2014 The Best Paper Award of 16th International Railway Transportation Conference

Maisie received a BEng (Hons) degree in Transport Engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2010, an MSc degree in Transport Engineering from IUST in 2012, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2020, where she was fully sponsored by the Australian Government under the Research Training Program.