About the Micromobility Research Partnership

The Micromobility Research Partnership (MRP) is an independent research body, born out of a partnership between academics and researchers across Australia and New Zealand.

The MRP will conduct research on sustainable transport to identify and promote priority pathways to reduce global transport emissions, and other topics including:

  • Micromobility’s economic and social value to a city, including strategies to address transport poverty and promote social inclusion.
  • The environmental impact of micromobility in improving air quality and reducing transport emissions
  • Understanding the current and potential future use of micromobility as a mode of transport, and its impacts on car-use and car-ownership
  • Delivering safe and sustainable transport futures

MRP continues to grow its academic collaborations globally with the aim to educate and inform towards a less emitting transport future. 

We therefore invite academics, researchers and industry experts in the field of sustainable transportation and micromobility to make contact to join our journey, via collaborations@MRP.com

Meet the members of
the Micromobility Research Partnership

Mr Ferdinand Balfoort

Managing Partner of Micromobility Research Partnership

Mr Ferdinand Balfoort is a global professional advisor and academic researcher in the areas of ESG, sustainable transport and micromobility as well as governance, compliance and financial and sustainable impact reporting. Since 2016 Ferdinand has worked on a range of green technology/ ESG projects globally, both for listed and unlisted clients, and has extended his financial accounting and audit expertise to sustainability accounting, standards, modeling, and carbon certification. He has project managed complex sustainable transportation and logistics projects with multinationals and university partners, including at Tata Steel, Blue Scope Steel, SkyNRG/KLM, Rio Tinto, as well as EU and Asian government agencies and research institutions (CSIRO (Australia), Callaghan Institute (NZ), Khazanah Nasional Bhd (Malaysia). He leads the Micromobility Research Partnership (www.theMRP.org), a Not For Profit research foundation.  He is the sustainable transport advisor to Beam Technology (APAC), where he develops sustainability frameworks, carbon emission models and sustainable accounting approaches for the micromobility sector, to achieve a measurable reduction in traditional fossil fuelled transport modes GHG emissions.  In addition, Ferdinand is carbon certification lead for Urban Analytica, a University of Melbourne transport technology spin off focussing on applied telematics and IoT technology to reduce transport emissions.

Dan Barr

Director at Better Cities Group

Dan Barr leads the multi-disciplinary consultancy, Better Cities Group and co-founded the major event planning technology collaboration, Better Events VR. He has fifteen years experience in City building infrastructure, project governance and Host City major event delivery. He has held leadership roles in the delivery of city building infrastructure, major events and urban renewal programs and holds formal qualifications in urban design, public health and project management. He is widely sought after for his ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams in solving complex urban issues.

The Better Cities Group is a collaboration of leading city shaping consultants with expertise in urban design, governance, major events, economics, landscape architecture and urban planning. The Better Cities Group has deep experience in the delivery of city building projects, major international events, economic revitalisation and great places.


Dr Robin Smit

Director at Transport Energy/Emission Research (TER)

Dr Robin Smit is a Director at Transport Energy/Emission Research (TER) and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.Robin has almost 30 years of work experience in emission, air pollution and climate projects in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.He is passionate about emission measurement and modelling, fleet turnover simulation, software development and advancing science using in-depth statistical analysis.Robin's work is published in national and international scientific journals.He has also presented at various conferences, discussion panels and has lectured in both Europe and Australia.

Dr Dilum Dissanayake

Postgraduate Director in Civil and Geospatial Engineering & Senior Lecturer in Transport Modelling at Newcastle University

As a Senior Lecturer in Transport Modelling at School of Engineering (2020-), the Postgraduate Research Director for Civil and Geospatial Engineering discipline (2021-), the Principal Investigator for several research projects funded by Europe (eHUBS (2019-22), Capitalisation (2021-23)), the UKRI (Micromobility (2019-23)), and a prestigious Duo-India Professor Fellowship (2020-22) together with her passion for educating STEM careers (2004-), Professor Dilum Dissanayake’s ambition is to further advance knowledge and skills in transport modelling and data mining to discover innovative solutions to reverse climate change and its consequences. Her research is a blend of transport geography, computing, data mining, mathematical modelling, social sciences, and behavioural sciences with a keen interest in behavioural change to reverse climate change through the innovations in transportation sector, with particular attention to new mobility services, infrastructure, and systems.

The University of Auckland's Transportation Research Centre (TRC) is dedicated to conducting research that covers all aspects of Transportation. We explore a broad range of transportation and mobility research including transport safety, construction materials and infrastructure design and asset management, to traffic systems, AI and advanced modelling, new transport technologies, user behaviours, and public transit.

Dr Robin Smit

“It is unlikely we will achieve a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions solely through electrification of the road transport sector. The focus should also be on improving energy efficiency. It is simple: the heavier a vehicle, the more energy is required per kilometre of driving. So light-weighting and down-sizing of the on-road fleet and reversing the trend of ever-larger and heavier vehicles will be critical to address climate change. Micro-mobility will play a pivotal role in the transition to sustainable transport.”

Dan Barr

"The rise of micromobility offers a generational opportunity to reconsider how we design and manage our cities for the benefit of not just residents and visitors but to respond to headline issues such as climate change."

The MRP will conduct research on sustainable transport to identify and promote priority pathways to reduce global transport emissions, and other topics.

The MRP will conduct collaborative research with academic institutions, automotive consumer associations, NGO and professional advisory firms on sustainable transport, in order to identify and promote priority science based pathways to reduce global transport emissions and other topics aligned to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG)

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