Dr Elnaz Irannezhad

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Fre

Australian Institute for Business and Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Economics and the Australian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE), Elnaz is engaged with the Port of Brisbane partnership project, to deliver cutting-edge research supporting port growth. More specifically, she investigates the role of decision making of freight agents in the international trade and the application of blockchain technology to support the logistics operations of the Port of Brisbane. Currently, she is working closely with the Port of Brisbane on a blockchain-based Trade Community System.

Elnaz's research contributes to emerging themes within transport and logistics engineering. Her expertise spans behavioral discrete choice modeling, optimization algorithms, agent-based modeling, strategic transport modeling, microsimulation traffic flow modeling, GIS analysis, and blockchain technology. Her ongoing research projects span across a variety of topics namely blockchain use-cases, shared economy (Uber and ride-sharing platforms), the impacts of congestion pricing on modal shift, cryptocurrency investments behaviors, and data mining.

Elnaz has received her Ph.D. from the School of Civil Engineering majoring in Transport Engineering from the University of Queensland.

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Freight Modeling
  • Blockchain technology and supply chain and logistics use cases
  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Econometrics
  • Geographic Information System and Geo spatial analysis
  • behavioral econometric modeling

Research Impacts

Recently, joint with a research team at the Southern Cross University, she delivered a research grant for the Northern River NSW Regional Government, entitled “From Roots to Routes: a ground up approach to freight and supply chain planning for the Northern Rivers NSW”. Further to this, two of her reports have been adopted at a national level. Her information paper for the National Transport Commission's “Who Moves What Where” project in 2016 triggered major data collection and dissemination practices at the national level. These improvements to the way we understand and analyse the transport sector in Australia will improve advice to Ministers about reforms related to charges, energy consumption, congestion, infrastructure assessment, market structures, and economic impacts. Elnaz also led the study and drafted the “Freight Data Gaps” as an iMove CRC project “Freight Data Requirement Study”. Outcomes of this study attracted an $8.5 million commitment in the recent Federal budget.

Prior to commencing at UQ, Elnaz has worked as a senior transport engineer and modeler in Iran for more than nine years on large-scale projects up to $20M plus such as “Tehran’s ITS Master Plan”, “Tehran’s Integrated Public Transport Network Design”, and “Tehran’s Congestion Charging Study”.

Elnaz also has awarded several scholarships, best paper awards, and research grants and was selected as the outstanding reviewer of the Elsevier journal of Transport Research Part E: Logistics in 2018. She has teaching experience and has supervised honor, master and PhD students from universities across Iran, and the University of Queensland.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Science, Iran University of Science and Technology


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  • Schrobback, Peggy, Irannezhad, Elnaz and Prato, Carlo G. (2018). Investigating the Demand for Coastal Non-Bulk Freight Shipping in Queensland. In: Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting, Washington DC United States, (). 13 - 17 January 2019.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz, Prato, Carlo, Hickman, Mark and Mohaymany, Afshin Shariat (2017). A copula-based joint discrete-continuous model of road vehicle type and shipment size. In: Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting . Annual Meeting Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, United States, (). 8-12 January 2017.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz, Hickman, Mark and Prato, Carlo G. (2017). Modeling the efficiency of a port community system as an agent-based process. In: Elhadi Shakshuki, 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies, ANT-2017 and the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Information Technology, SEIT 2017. 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies, ANT-2017 and the 7th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Information Technology, SEIT 2017, Madeira, Portugal, (917-922). 16-19 May 2017. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2017.05.422

  • Taghavi, Mehdi, Irannezhad, Elnaz, Schrobback, Peggy, Moghaddam, Mahboobeh, Prato, Carlo G. and Nave, Robert (2017). Strategies to increase port competitiveness. In: Australasian Transport Research Forum 2017 Proceedings. Australasian Transport Research Forum 2017, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 25-27 November 2017.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz, Prato, Carlo and Hickman, Mark (2017). The choice of using distribution centers in the container import chain: a hybrid model correcting for missing information. In: Proceeding of the 10th International Conference on City Logistics. International Conference on City Logistics, Phuket, Thailand, (). 14-16 June 2017.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz and Hickman, Mark (2016). Behavioural urban freight modelling: exploring effects of policies on an urban freight distribution system. In: 38th Australian Transport Research Forum (ATRF 2016). Australian Transport Research Forum (ATRF), Melbourne, Australia, (). 27-29 November 2016.

  • Nassir, Neema, Hickman, Mark, Malekzadeh, Ali and Irannezhad, Elnaz (2015). Modeling transit access stop choices. In: The Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, United States, (1-19). 11-16 January 2015.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz , Hickman, Mark and Mousavi, Seyed Hossein (2015). New approach to calculation of a transfer matrix in a transit network. In: 37th Australian Transport Research Forum. Australian Transport Research Forum , Sydney, Australia, (). 30 September - 2 October 2015.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz, Mousavi, Seyed Hossein and Zangiabadi, Mahdieh (2011). Air pollution zoning based on land use and traffic of vehicles. In: Recent Researches in Mechanics - Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conf. on FLUIDSHEAT'11, TAM'11,Proc. of the 4th WSEAS Int. Conf. UPT'11, CUHT'11. 2nd International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Heat and Mass Transfer 2011, FLUIDSHEAT'11, 2nd International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2011, TAM'11, 4th WSEAS International Conference on UPT'11, CUHT'11, , , (372-376). July 15, 2011-July 17, 2011.

  • Irannezhad, Elnaz, Mohaymany, Afshin Shariat and Mousavi, Seyed Hossein (2010). Effects of Passage Restrictions for Heavy Vehicles on Tour Trips in Urban Networks. In: 2nd International Conference on Computer and Network Technology, ICCNT 2010. International Conference on Computer and Network Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, (430-433). 23-25 April 2010. doi:10.1109/ICCNT.2010.80

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