Our 2019 Medallist is Professor David Hensher, Founding Director of the Institute of Transport Studies (ITLS) at the University of Sydney Business School.
Professor Hensher is an internationally renowned researcher who has dedicated his career to the analysis and improvement of infrastructure systems. He is regarded as Australia’s most eminent expert on travel demand and valuation and transport reform, and has advised government and private sector organisations around the world on transport economics, demand forecasting, economic evaluation, policy and planning.
Past appointments include memberships of the committee that reviewed bus transport bids for the Sydney Olympic Games, the NSW Government’s Peer Review Committee for the Sydney Strategic Transport Plan, Infrastructure Australia’s reference panel on public transport, and adviser to the WestConnex toll road project.
His achievements are underscored by national and international awards, including the 2009 International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR) Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-standing and exceptional contribution to IATBR; the 2006 Engineers Australia Transport Medal for his lifelong contribution to transportation; the Smart 2013 Premier Award for Excellence in Supply Chain Management; the 2014 Institute of Transportation Engineers (Australia and New Zealand) Transport Profession Award for his significant contribution to the development of the transport/traffic engineering profession over a sustained period; and the 2016 Award for Outstanding Research as part of the inaugural University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
Professor Hensher has published over 630 papers in leading international transport and economics journals, as well as 18 books, and has over 50,000 citations of his contributions in Google scholar.
The John Shaw Medal honours an industry champion who has made a lasting contribution to Australia's roads.
The following conditions and guidelines apply:
The John Shaw Medallist is chosen by a Commitee of past winners. In addition to accepting nominations from industry, the Committee at its discretion may also consider candidates who emerge from its own discussions.
Owing to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, the calling for nominations in 2020 has been extended. For more information, contact Mark Bowmer.
John (JAL) Shaw was recruited to the service of the then recently established Main Roads Board of New South Wales soon after graduating in civil engineering at Sydney University in 1925.
In 1928 he was included amongst the first six divisional engineer appointments made by the Board, taking up a posting at Glen Innes. He served in Newcastle and Sydney before enlisting for service with the AIF in 1940. During his military service, Johh Shaw won the Distinguished Service Order.
He was captured by the Japanese and spent several years in Changi Prisoner of War Camp where he won the respect and affection of his fellow prisoners through his special efforts to improve their lot.
On returning to civilian life after the cessation of hostilities, John Shaw resumed duties with the then Department of Main Roads. He rose to Commissioner, holding that office from 1962 to 1967. He was Assistant Commissioner and Commissioner during the period of reconstruction which followed the war years, and was involved in many of the exciting works such as the Gladesville Bridge which were undertaken during that time.
After his retirement John Shaw served as a Commissioner of the City of Sydney and was National President of the Australian Road Federation. He is the only Australian ever to have been honoured by the International Road Federation as "Man of the Year".
The John Shaw Award, which was initiated in the Queensland Region of the Australian Road Federation, acknowledges his outstanding contribution to roads.
Amongst the past recipients of this prestigious award are: