About me

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I am an applied economist with expertise on the interactions between transport, and its energy usage, and the environment. I have worked on various policy-relevant and interdisciplinary projects over the last 13 years.

I have a degree in Economics from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). That included two 1 year experiences abroad under the Erasmus Programme. The first at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montpellier 1. The second at the Department of Agricultural Economics, School of Agricultural Engineering, of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

I came back to Montpellier after my degree for an MSc in Agricultural, Rural and Food Economics, jointly offered by the Faculty of Economics and the Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique (ENSAM). During my Master I was also an intern at the European Parliament in Brussels, where I also worked subsequently for a small policy consultancy.

I then moved to the UK and in 2006 I obtained my PhD in Economics at the former Wye Campus of Imperial College London, with a thesis exploring labour and residential preferences of the rural population of a case study region in Slovenia (using discrete choice stated preference techniques).

In 2007 I joined the Transport Studies Group of the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, where I was a research associate and temporary lecturer until April 2014. I now work as an independent researcher and consultant (and I am also writing a blog). My teaching work is currently exclusively online, for the Centre of Environment, Development and Policy of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, where I am a tutor, dissertation supervisor, examiner and module writer for two environmental economics modules.

My expertise and experience generally cover the social science aspects of the interactions between transport, and its related energy usage, and the environment, in particular the climate change dimension. I have worked on a diverse portfolio of policy-relevant multi-disciplinary research (funded, for example, by the EU Commission, European Regional Development Fund, EPSRC, ESRC), and consultancy projects (for clients like Leicestershire County Council, Independent Transport Commission, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills). These projects have generally looked carbon emissions reductions policies, practices, behaviours and technologies for both personal and freight transport, as well as and the way the transport and mobility systems, and the individual users in particular, can and will adapt to the conditions dictated by a changing climate. My research and consultancy work has mixed rigorous economic theory and empirical applications, and I have a strong econometric background, with a particular expertise in survey-based valuation methods and advanced choice modelling techniques. Here you can find more info about my research, and here about my publications.

I can offer a range of consultancy services to both small and large customers in the transport and environmental sectors, at extremely competitive rates. The services include:

  • travel behaviour survey design and analysis
  • freight practice survey design and analysis
  • vehicle choice survey design and analysis
  • environmental valuation survey design and analysis
  • customer satisfaction survey design and analysis
  • policy impact evaluation
  • demand forecast and simulation
  • transport policy (personal and freight) design
  • evidence assessment and literature reviews
  • monitoring and reviewing of external consultants’ work (for government and local authorities)
  • teaching, tutoring and supervising students in transport and environmental economics/valuation

Please feel free to contact me if you have any question.

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Alberto