University of Leeds: Research Fellow in Transport Economics

Location: Leeds-Main Campus
Faculty / Service: Faculty of Environment
School / Institute: Institute for Transport Studies
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £32,004 to £32,958 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term 2 Years
Closing Date: Sunday 09 April 2017
Reference: ENVTR1040

Do you have a PhD (or close to completion) in an area of economics covered by the Institute’s Economic and Appraisal Group (EAG), gained either in transport or related industries (e.g. regulated sectors or health)? Are you passionate about developing new research ideas that generate high quality, impactful publications in a research-intensive Russell Group University?

We welcome applicants with experience in any area of transport economics covered by the Economics and Appraisal Research Group, or from those with relevant methodological experience gained in related areas such as regulated industries or health.

Joining an internationally-leading team of applied transport economists and working alongside Professor Andrew Smith and Professor Richard Batley and colleagues, you will contribute to the Institute’s research in transport economics where policy impact is at the core of our research. For example, our rail research on cost efficiency, marginal cost and infrastructure pricing has been used extensively by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and the European Commission. We have also played a central role in developing the UK Department for Transport’s WebTAG appraisal guidelines, key elements of the Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook (PDFH), and appraisal methods for the EU and World Bank.

Working collaboratively with colleagues across the University, you will join the Economics and Appraisal Research Group, whose interests cover multiple transport mode applications and methodological areas. One focus of our research is the analysis of the costs and benefits of transport innovation and investment. We are engaged in several Horizon 2020 and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) projects which combine transport economics, econometric and appraisal methods with technology based research. One key project which you would contribute to is funded by the EPSRC and is an innovative technical and socio-economic research collaboration to achieve a step-change in road and rail energy demand through two way energy exchange between electric road vehicles and the rail network (Road to Rail Energy Exchange project). You would also contribute to our portfolio of other research projects as needed.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in an area of economics covered by the Institute’s Economic and Appraisal Group (EAG), gained either in transport or related industries such as regulated sectors or health. Additionally you will be able to demonstrate the potential for a strong upward research trajectory as evidenced by working papers or journal articles under review that show a publication pipeline.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Andrew Smith, Professor of Transport Performance and Economics
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6654, email:

Professor Richard Batley, Professor of Transport Demand and Valuation
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1789, email: 

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