Professor Roger Vickerman
Dean for Europe
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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.back to top
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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: http://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/pvi166.htm