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Xavier Harmony

Ph.D. candidate, Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG)

Originally from Australia, Xavier Harmony is currently a PhD student in Virginia Tech’s Planning, Governance and Globalization program. His research focuses on the politics of transportation decision-making with particular emphasis on public transportation planning and electoral politics. While completing his PhD, Xavier has been working as a practicing transit planner and program manager with his work directly informing his research. 

Xavier has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology as well as a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State. Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of transportation, he uses his diverse education in engineering, business, policy, and planning to develop cross-disciplinary approaches to complicated transportation problems. Xavier’s contribution to the industry has been recognized through awards and scholarships from the American Public Transportation Foundation, Transportation Research Forum, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. More recently, the Eno Center for Transportation honored Xavier as an Eno Centennial Scholar for his essay on prioritizing the bus.

Research Interests

  • - Transportation politics
  • - Transportation policy and governance
  • - Transportation equity
  • - Public transportation policy and planning


  • Harmony, X. 2018. Fare Policy and Vertical Equity: The Trade-off Between Affordability and Cost Recovery. Journal of Public Transportation, 21 (2): 41-59.
  • Harmony, X. and V. V. Gayah. 2017. Evaluation of real-time transit information systems: An information demand and supply approach. International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, 6 (1): 86-98.