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Professor Roger Vickerman

Dean for Europe


Professor Roger Vickerman is Dean for Europe

Roger Vickerman is Dean for Europe with responsibility for the development of the University’s four European Centres as well as Professor of European Economics. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex and after a period as a Research Fellow at Sussex and a Lecturer at Hull moved to the University of Kent in 1977, becoming Professor of Regional and Transport Economics in 1989 and Professor of European Economics in 1998. He was Head of School from 1993-1999 and again from 2005 to 2009. He founded the Centre for European, Regional and Transport Economics in 1993 and has been its Director since then. He was also Director of the Kent Centre for Europe, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

He has held visiting posts at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Guelph (Canada) and was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Sydney (Australia) in 1999 and the Central European University in Budapest 2001-2005. He has worked as a consultant to the European Commission, the UK Government and Kent County Council. He was a member of the Planning Advisory Group of the Department of the Environment (1994-96), of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1996-1999), and Economic Advisory Group of the Home Office since 2006.

He was a member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat (Scientific Advisory Council) of the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), Berlin from 1998 to 2005, and Hs been a member of theConseil Scientifique of the Groupement Régional Nord Pas de Calais pour la Recherche dans les Transports (GRRT), Lille since 1991. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Regional Studies, Transport Policy and Letters in Spatial and Resource Science

In 2001 he was elected to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences of which he was elected to the Council in 2007. In 2002 he was awarded the honorary degree of Dr. rer.pol by the Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany. He is also a member of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport.

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Vickerman, R. and Quinet, E. (2004). Principles of Transport Economics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Book section
Reynolds-Feighan, A. and Vickerman, R. (2012). Transportation Economics for Planners in the 21st century. in: Brooks, N., Donaghy, K. and Knaap, G. -J. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 545-561. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2008). Cost-benefit analysis and the wider economic benefits from mega-projects. in: Priemus, H., Flyvbjerg, B. and van Wee, B. eds. Decision Making on Mega- Projects: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Planning and Innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 66-83.
Vickerman, R. (2008). Models in policy and policy in models: integrating decision making. in: Ben-Avika, M., Meersman, H. and van de Voorde, E. eds. Recent Developments in Transport Modelling: Lessons for the Freight Sector. Amsterdam: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 205-218.
Peirson, J. and Vickerman, R. (2008). The London Congestion Charging Scheme: The Evidence. in: Jensen-Butler, C. et al. eds. Road Pricing, the Economy and the Environment. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 79-91.
Vickerman, R. (2007). The EU Budget: rebates, reform and paying for enlargement. in: Kundera, J. ed. Stosunki ekonomczne w rozszerzonej Unii Europejskiej/ Economic relations in the EU enlarged. Wroclaw: Kolonia Spolka, pp. 215-225.
Vickerman, R. (2007). The boundaries of welfare economics: transport appraisal in the UK. in: Haezendonck, E. ed. Transport Project Evaluation: Extending the Social Cost-Benefit Approach. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 35-54.
Vickerman, R. (2007). Transport, globalization and the changing concept of the region. in: Cooper, R., Donaghy, K. and Hewings, G. eds. Globalization and Regional Economic Modeling. Springer-Verlag, pp. 35-43.
Vickerman, R. (2007). Policy implications of dynamic globalized freight flows in Europe. in: Leinbach, T. R. and Capineri, C. eds. Globalized Freight Transport: Intermodality, E-commerce, Logistics and Sustainability. Edward Elgar, pp. 219-237.
Vickerman, R. (2007). Private sector finance of transport infrastructure: progress and prospects. in: Rietveld, P. and Stough, R. R. eds. Institutions and Sustainable Transport: Regulatory Reform in Advanced Economies. Edward Elgar, pp. 263-284.
Vickerman, R. (2007). Improving contracts for the provision and maintenance of transport infrastructure: the output measurement problem,. in: Karlsson, C. et al. eds. The Management and Measurement of Infrastructure: Performance, Efficiency and Innovation. Edward Elgar, pp. 127-146.
Vickerman, R. (2007). Regional Planning, regional development and transport market. in: Dimitriou, H. and Thompson, R. eds. Strategic Planning for Regional Development in the UK. Routledge, pp. 135-153.
Vickerman, R. (2007). Can business strategy influence policy cycles? in: Macario, R., Viegas, J. M. and Hensher, D. A. eds. Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport,. Elsevier, pp. 215-229.
Vickerman, R. (2006). The private finance of public infrastructure: the role of banks. in: Emmerich, N. and Robach, P. eds. Der Banksektor im Wandel. Frankfurt am Main: Fritz Knapp Verlag, pp. 211-224.
Vickerman, R. (2005). Infrastructure policy. in: Button, K. J. and Hensher, D. A. eds. Handbook of Transport Strategy, Policy and Institutions. Oxford: Emerald Group Pub Ltd, pp. 225-235.
Vickerman, R. (2005). Public and private initiatives in infrastructure provision. in: Rietveld, P. and Stough, R. R. eds. Barriers to Sustainable Transport: Institutions, Regulation and Sustainability. Abingdon: Spon Press, pp. 18-36.
Vickerman, R. (2004). Private financing of transport infrastructure: some UK experience. in: von Hirschhausen, C., Beckers, T. and Mitusch, K. eds. Trends in Infrastructure Regulation and Financing. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 177-198.
Vickerman, R. (2017). Can high-speed rail have a transformative effect on the economy? Transport Policy [Online]. Available at:
Vickerman, R. and Chen, C. (2016). Can transport infrastructure change regions' economic fortunes: some evidence from Europe and China. Regional Studies [Online] 51:144-160. Available at:
Vickerman, R. et al. (2012). High-Speed Rail opportunities around metropolitan regions: the cases of Madrid and London. Journal of Infrastructure Systems [Online] 18:305-313. Available at:
Vickerman, R. and Evenhuis, E. (2010). Transport pricing and Public-Private Partnerships in theory: Issues and Suggestions. Research in Transportation Economics [Online] 30:6-14. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2009). Appraising transport investments in a regulatory regime. Journal of Infrastructure Systems [Online] 15:273-277. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2009). Regulation, Transport and Regional Performance . Studies in Regional Science [Online] 39:5-18. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2008). Provision of Public Transport Under Conflicting Regulatory Regimes. Transportation Research Part A [Online] 42:1176-1182. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2008). Transit investment and economic development. Research in Transportation Economics [Online] 23:107-115. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2008). Multi-level policy making in transport: the problems for border regions. International Journal of Public Policy [Online] 3:228-245. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2007). Cost-benefit analysis and large-scale infrastructure projects: state of the art challenges. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design [Online] 34:598-610. Available at: .
Vickerman, R. (2006). Trans-European Networks: Policy and Appraisal. Scienze Regionali - Italian Journal of Regional Science 5:71-87.
Vickerman, R. (2004). Maintenance incentives under different infrastructure regimes. Utilities Policy [Online] 12:315-322. Available at:
Vickerman, R. and Rietveld, P. (2004). Transport in regional science: the 'death of distance' is premature. Papers in Regional Science 83:229-248.
Edited book
Vickerman, R.W. ed. (2012). Recent Developments in the Economics of Transport. [Online]. Edward Elgar. Available at:
de Palma, A. et al. eds. (2011). Handbook of Transport Economics. [Online]. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Available at:
Arestis, P., McCombie, J.S.L. and Vickerman, R.W. eds. (2006). Growth and Economic Development: Essays in Honour of A.P.Thirlwall. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Research report (external)
Broecker, J. et al. (2004). ESPON 2.1.1: Territorial Impact of EU Transport and TEN Policies.
Vickerman, R. (2008). Structural Change in Transportation and Communications in the Knowledge Society. Journal of Regional Science [Online] 48:1024-1026. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2007). Applying the dismal science: When economists give advice to governments. Public Administration [Online] 85:875. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Stoian, C. and Vickerman, R. (2005). The Interplay between Security Factors, European Integration and Security in Central and Eastern Europe. in: Academy of International Business Annual Meeting .
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My long-term research interest is in how the spatial economy works, why different regions grow at different rates and the implications this has for economic integration, especially in the European Union. A particular aspect of this is the impact which investment in transport infrastructure can have on the pattern of economic development, including the impact of new modes of transport such as high-speed rail.

I have been involved in the development of appraisal methods for transport projects which include these wider economic impacts in the UK and am an adviser to HS2Ltd, the company charged with the development of a new high-speed rail network. I have also recently been involved in work with the European Commission on the evaluation of expenditure on transport projects under the Structural and Cohesion Funds. I am currently working with colleagues in China and Hong Kong on the spatial implications of the development of the Chinese high-speed rail network.

My RePEc page can be found here:

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