Dr Alexa DelboscCivil Engineering
After graduating from Harvard with a Masters in social psychology, Dr. Alexa Delbosc wanted to use her social science research skills to solve real-world problems. So, she turned her attention to the impact that the transport system has on society. Now a Senior Lecturer at the Monash Institute of Transport Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering, Alexa’s research has covered such topics as the impact of transport on psychological well-being, understanding the psychology of fare evasion and exploring the changing mobility of the millennial generation. The benefits of her research are immense, directly informing transport policy and planning.
The intersection between transport engineering and social science is an emerging but very important frontier in transport research. Her latest project, understanding the psychology of fare evasion and exploring the changing mobility of the millennial generation, earned her a prestigious Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council. Like many areas of engineering, Alexa says civil engineering has historically been a male dominated arena. Though that’s starting to change, she says there’s still a long way to go. And Monash is at the forefront of that change.
"I’ve benefitted enormously from Monash’s support for women in STEMM, through mentoring programs, research support programs and the Future Women Leaders Conference."
Research interests: driver licensing, millennials, public transport, ridership growth, social exclusion, transport disadvantage, transport policy