John H Taplin Award

The Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) was conceived in 1975 by John Knox (then Director-General of Transport, WA), Dr Derek Scrafton (then Director-General of Transport, SA) and Dr John Taplin (then Director, Bureau of Transport Economics) with Dr Taplin as the Founding Chairman.

The John H. Taplin prize for the best paper delivered at the ATRF originated from a proposal by Dr David Hensher (who subsequently became the Professor and Founding Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney) at the 1990 Sydney ATRF in recognition of John's major contribution to the ATRF since its inception as Founding Chairman and his significant contribution to academia and government as a leading transport economist.

Professor John Harold Eaton Taplin had a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years as a transport economist in senior leadership roles as Senior Economist, Bureau of Agricultural Economics; Director, Bureau of Transport Economics (1972–1975); Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Transport (1975–1978); Professor of Transport Economics, University of Tasmania (1979–1982) (and Visiting Professor of Transportation, University of British Columbia); Director-General of Transport, WA (1982–1990); Professor of Transport and Logistics, University of WA (1991–2010) and Emeritus Professor, University of WA (2010–2019).

Professor Taplin was awarded the Order of Australia (AM), in recognition of his public service, in 1993.

Professor Taplin had a PhD from Cornell University (1969) and Master of Agricultural Economics and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degrees from the University of New England.