Research and consultancy

My research has generally been applied, policy relevant and project-led. I have looked at the environmental externalities of transport – both personal and freight – mainly focusing on its energy usage, contribution to carbon emissions and a bit on noise. I have not only looked at the mitigation aspect of climate change, but also at the adaptation one, with recent and still ongoing work on the effect of weather on travel behaviour. And, you mush have noticed that I am also interested in cycling, the design of active travel infrastructure in cities, and the importance of urban greenspaces. I also have a keen interest in travel to school, and I am managing a school street programme in my city.

I have given a special attention to consumer behaviour, looking at spatial labour supply choices in my PhD and then analysing various transport and energy decisions using discrete choice experiments, which is my main methodological expertise. I love desigining and organising surveys, and the collection of primary data has been a constant in most of my work. In my latest research adventure at the University of Kent, I have returned to rural areas, the subject of my PhD thesis, and I am analysing people’s preferences and economic values for landscaped shaped by the transition to ecological agriculture (EU Horizon Lift Project).

Here are the research projects I have been involved in, and their funding sources. I have published papers based on all of them. These are available on My Publications page:

Here are the papers I am currently working on:

  • Public acceptability of personal carbon trading (with Joe Whala, SOAS)
  • Flying in the time of flight shame, a survey among Swiss students (with Fintan Tuhoy, SOAS)
  • People’s preference and economic values for ecological farming new landscapes (with Sophia Davidova and Alastair Bailey, University of Kent)
  • What factors motivates divesting from fossil fuel companies? (with Britta Hyde – SOAS)
  • Active school travel and happiness at the school gates: a case study
  •  “Too old to cycle?” – challenges and opportunities of cycling in old age, a case study in Reggio Emilia, Italy (abstract accepted for presentation at the VeloCity Conference, Ljubljana, June 2020)
  • Best-worst choice models for the understanding of surface access to airports travel decisions (with Tim Ryley – Griffith University -)
  • Combining discrete choice modelling and social networks analysis: an application to the analysis of extreme weather-related uncertainty in long-distance travel behaviour (with Tim Ryley – Griffith University)

I have reviewed papers for the following academic journals:

Carbon Management, Climate Policy, Ecological Indicators, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Environmental Research Communications, European Review of Agricultural Economics, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Journal of Air Transport Management, Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Transport Geography, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Transport Policy, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Research in Transportation Economics

 And here are the major consultancy projects I have been involved with:

  • Brunswick Primary School, Hove (voluntary basis): preparation of School Travel Plan, survey design and analysis, liaison with Council, planning and implementation of active travel initiatives (2017 onwards)
  • Centre for Environment, Development and Policy (Cedep), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2015 onwards), this is my teaching activity, you can read about it here
  • MottMacdonald: assistance for the planning of survey work for the project ‘Food Fortification in Pakistan’ (2018)
  • the UK Government Investments (UKGI) at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: assistance on survey design, methodology and analysis for projects ‘The Social Value of the Post Office Network’ and ‘The Consumer Surplus of the Ordnance Survey” (2016/2017)
  • Evaluation of the Department for Transport Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) policy programme for Leicestershire County Council (2013)
  • Surface connectivity: assessing the merits of the Airports Commission’s options for UK aviation’, for the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) – report launched on 29 October 2014 – http://www.theitc.org.uk/itc-launches-airport-surface-access-report/

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:

  • school and workplaces travel plans, organisation of active travel initiatives and their implementation
  • 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 economics (transport and environmental economics in particular)

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