About the planning & transport research centre

to direct
the way forward

PATREC applies innovative research to support decision makers in the areas of infrastructure development, transport and land use planning throughout the Perth Metro and Regional WA. 

Insights generated by PATREC mine data from the past, extract present day stats, integrating these with contextual layers of data – to create viable and meaningful future scenarios. 

The result for our clients is informed and smart transport, land-use and infrastructure planning.  The information we’re able to provide Local Government Authorities and capital infrastructure stakeholders, greatly enhances their investment certainty.

The PATREC entity, is a research collaboration between:

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Department of Transport
  • Main Roads Western Australia; and
  • Western Australian Planning Commission

See our annual reports.



Our philosophy

is to engage in collaborative, applied research – and knowledge transfer – in support of policy in the connected spaces of transport and land use planning in WA.

As thoughtful pragmatists, we direct our research towards seeing Perth recognized as at top-ten most liveable city, well into the 21st century.

PATREC & the PERTH metro in focus


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million residents, 2019
Yrs of PATREC research
million residents, 2050
our researchers

Meet our team

PATREC is led by the Director, Professor Sharon Biermann, and is supported by a specialist team of Research Fellows. Further resourcing is sought through collaborating partners and affiliates appointed on a project-basis. PATREC’s core research team, comprises:
Chao Sun, PATREC

Dr Chao Sun

Research Fellow


Dr. Linda Robson, PATREC

Dr Linda Robson

Research Fellow

Dr. Sae Chi, PATREC

Dr Sae Chi

Research Associate

Tristan W. Reed, PATREC

Tristan Reed

Research Assistant

Our Collaborators


PATREC collaborates with a wide range of experts from its collaborating instutions. They are listed below.

Let’s Get in Touch

Contact details

Planning and Transport Research Centre
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway (M087)
Crawley, Perth Western Australia 6009

Phone: 08 6488 8029
E-mail: patrec@uwa.edu.au