'Internationally influential' Mees passes away

Well-known and highly regarded transport academic Paul Mees passes away at the age of 52

'Internationally influential' Mees passes away
'Internationally influential' Mees passes away
By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | June 20, 2013

Victoria’s prominent public transport advocate Paul Mees has passed away from cancer.

The RMIT University senior lecturer in transport and planning, who is known for his outspoken views about the State Government, died last night aged 52.

Having strongly opposed the construction of Melbourne’s East-West Link road, the former president of the Public Transport Users Association was a regular commentator to ATN.

His final contribution was made last month when the Truck Action Plan slipped under the Government’s radar in the Budget.

RMIT University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Gardner says Mees’s work made an international impact.

"It is with profound regret that the RMIT University community has learned of the death of Associate Professor Paul Mees," Gardner says.

"Paul was one of Australia’s leading experts on urban public transport.

"His work has been internationally influential, providing, for example, the basis for the European Union’s 2005 HiTransproject on improving public transport in medium-sized clients and towns."

Before joining RMIT in 2008, Mees taught urban planning at the University of Melbourne for 10 years.

He also worked as a research fellow at the Australian National University’s Urban Research Program and had previously practiced as a lawyer.

"Paul was a valuable member of staff, always willing to share his time and expertise with students, colleagues and the broader community," Gardner says.

"On behalf of the university, I wish to express my condolences to Paul’s partner Erica Cervini, his brother and RMIT staff member Dr Bernard Mees and the family."

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