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Professor Roger Vickerman

Emeritus Professor of European Economics

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Roger Vickerman is Emeritus Professor of European Economics at the University of Kent where he has been a member of the academic staff since 1977.

Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Sussex, he has an Honorary Doctorate from the Philipps-Universität, Marburg; he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. He has been a visiting professor in Canada, Germany, Hungary and Australia.

From 2009 to 2014 he was Dean of the Brussels School of International Studies and then 2014-2017 Dean for Europe, where he was responsible for developing the University’s strategy towards its European engagement, including strategic oversight of its four European Centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome and how these fit into its wider global strategy.

Roger Vickerman’s research focuses on the relationship between transport (especially infrastructure) and economic development; regional development and integration in the European Union. He is particularly known for his studies on major infrastructure projects, such as the EU’s Trans-European Networks and high-speed rail. He has also recently worked on issues relating to Public Private Partnerships in transport. He has served as a member of SACTRA (Standing Committee on Trunk Road Assessment), as an advisor to Committees of both the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK Parliament and acted as a consultant to the European Commission, various government departments and regional and local government authorities in the UK and overseas. He is currently a member of the Economics Advisory Panel to HS2 Ltd. He is the author of 6 books (including the textbook Principles of Transport Economics, with Emile Quinet) and over 150 chapters, journal articles and reports. He has edited the Handbook of Transport Economics (Edward Elgar, 2011) with André de Palma, Robin Lindsey and Emile Quinet, which brings together state of the art reviews from over 50 of the world’s leading transport economists and Recent Developments in the Economics of Transport, 2 volumes  (Edward Elgar, 2012). He sits on the editorial boards of several journals in both transport and regional science and was Editor in Chief of Transport Policy 2010-2016. He was awarded the Jules Dupuit Prize of the World Conference on Transport Research Society in 2016

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Roger's publications can also be found on RePEc.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Chen, C., Loukaitou-Sideris, A., de UreñaJ. and Vickerman, R. (2019). Spatial short and long-term implications and planning challenges of high-speed rail: a literature review framework for the special issue. European Planning Studies [Online] 27:415-433. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2017). Beyond cost-benefit analysis; the search for a comprehensive evaluation of transport investment. Research in Transportation Economics [Online] 63:5-12. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2017). Can high-speed rail have a transformative effect on the economy?. Transport Policy [Online] 62:31-37. 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., Loo, B. and Cheng, Y. (2015). High-speed rail networks, economic integration and regional specialisation in China and Europe. Travel Behaviour and Society [Online] 2:1-14. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2015). High-speed rail and regional development: the case of intermediate stations. Journal of Transport Geography [Online] 42:157-165. Available at:
Vickerman, R., Garmendia, M., Romero, V., Urena, J. and Coronado, J. (2012). High-Speed Rail opportunities around metropolitan regions: 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). Regulation, Transport and Regional Performance. Studies in Regional Science [Online] 39:5-18. Available at:
Vickerman, R. (2009). Appraising transport investments in a regulatory regime. Journal of Infrastructure Systems [Online] 15:273-277. 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:
Book section
Vickerman, R. (2017). Wider impacts of megaprojects: curse or cure?. In: Flyvbjerg, B. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 389-405. Available at:
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:
Peirson, J. and Vickerman, R. (2008). The London Congestion Charging Scheme: The Evidence. In: Jensen-Butler, C., Sloth, B., Larsen, M. M., Madsen, B. and Nielsen, O. eds. Road Pricing, the Economy and the Environment. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 79-91.
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.
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). Improving contracts for the provision and maintenance of transport infrastructure: the output measurement problem,. In: Karlsson, C., Anderson, W. P., Johansson, B. and Kobayashi, K. eds. The Management and Measurement of Infrastructure: Performance, Efficiency and Innovation. Edward Elgar, pp. 127-146.
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). 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). 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.
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Research interests

My main research interest has always been in the development of the spatial economy: how to extend basic microeconomic models of behaviour to allow for spatial separation between the locations where activities take place. This has included work on travel and transport demand (including leisure and shopping activities) and on commuting and migration. Recently I have been involved with work on the role of transport infrastructure in regional development and the implications for regional convergence/divergence, with particular reference to the role of high-speed rail in the UK, the EU and China. I have also worked on issues surrounding the use of Public Private Partnerships as a means of financing transport infrastructure.

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PhD supervision

Recent PhD students

  • Dr Ufuk Gunes Bebek, “Gravity Models, Revealed Comparative Advantage and Specialisation Patterns Regarding Turkey vis-à-vis the EU. Completed 2013
  • Dr Ambachew Mekonnen: “Economic Growth, Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Nexus and Determinants” Completed 2011
  • Dr Thomas Singh: “To Trust or Not to Trust Others:  Norms, Interactions and Institutions” Completed 2010
  • Dr Abdallah Nasseredine: "The Effects of Democracy on the Budget Balance, Income, Inequality and Economic Growth" Completed 2009.
  • Dr Ioannis Bornakis: "Competitiveness, Trade and Productivity: with Special Reference to Greece." Completed 2008.
  • Dr Gerado Angeles: "Economic Liberalisation and Income Distribution" completed 2007.
  • Dr Maria Decuir-Viruez: "Institutions and economic growth: Regional strategies in Mexico 1970-2000." Completed 2006.
  • Dr Carmen Stoian: "The interplay between foreign direct investment, security and European integration by comparing Poland and Romania." Completed 2004.
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