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Professor Roger Vickerman

Professor of European Economics

School of Economics, Keynes College, B2.04



Roger Vickerman is Dean for Europe and Professor of European Economics at the University of Kent.

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 and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has been a visiting professor in Canada, Germany, Hungary and Australia.

As Dean for Europe he is 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), regional development and integration in the European Union. He is particularly known for his studies on major infrastructure projects, particularly the EU’s Trans-European Networks. 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 Analytical Challenge 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 is Editor in Chief of Transport Policy.

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Roger's publications can also be found on RePEc.



  • Recent Developments in the Economics of Transport, 2 vols. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2012
  • Handbook of Transport Economics, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2011 (with André de Palma, Robin Lindsey and Emile Quinet)
  • Growth and Economic Development: Essays in Honour of A.P.Thirlwall, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2006 (with Philip Arestis and John McCombie)
  • Principles of Transport Economics, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2004 (with E Quinet), 385pp (paperback ed. 2005)

Contributions to books

  • The wider economic impacts of mega-projects in transport, in International Handbook on Mega-Projects, ed. H. Priemus and B van Wee, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2013, pp.381-397
  • High-Speed Rail – The European Experience, in Territorial Implications of High Speed Rail: a Spanish Perspective, ed. José M. de Ureña, Ashgate, Farnham, 2012, pp.17-31
  • Transportation economics for planners in the twenty-first century, in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning, ed. N. Brooks, K Donaghy and G-J Knaap, Oxford University Press, 2011 pp. 545-561 (with Aisling Reynolds-Feighan)
  • Myth and reality in the search for the wider benefits of transport, in Applied Transport Economics: A Management and Policy Perspective, ed. E Van de Voorde, T. Vanelslander, De Boeck, Antwerp, 2010, pp379-396
  • Indirect and wider economic impacts of high speed rail, in Economic Analysis of High Speed Rail in Europe, ed. G de Rus, Fundacion BBVA, Madrid, 2009, pp.89-118 (with Andreu Ulied)
  • Recent evolution of research into the wider economic benefits of transport infrastructure investments, in OECD/International Transport Forum, in The Wider Economic Benefits of Transport: macro-, meso and micro-economic transport planning and investment tools, Round Table 140 Economic Research Centre, OECD, Paris, 2008
  • Models in policy and policy in models: integrating decision making, in Recent Developments in Transport Modelling: Lessons for the Freight Sector, ed. M Ben-Akiva, H Meersman and E Van de Voorde, Emerald, Bingley, 2008
  • Cost-benefit analysis and the wider economic benefits from mega-projects, in Decision Making on Mega- Projects: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Planning and Innovation, ed. H Priemus, B Flyvbjerg and B van Wee, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2008, pp66-83
  • The London Congestion Charging Scheme: The Evidence, in Road Pricing, the Economy and the Environment, ed. C Jensen-Butler, B Sloth, M.M. Larsen, B. Madsen and O.A Nielsen, Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg, 2008, pp79-91
  • The boundaries of welfare economics: transport appraisal in the UK, in Transport Project Evaluation: Extending the Social Cost-Benefit Approach, ed. E Haezendonck, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2007, pp35-54
  • Transport, globalization and the changing concept of the region, in Globalization and Regional Economic Modeling, ed. R Cooper, K Donaghy and G Hewings, Springer, Berlin/Heidelberg, 2007, pp.35-43
  • Improving contracts for the provision and maintenance of transport infrastructure: the output measurement problem, in The Management and Measurement of Infrastructure: Performance, Efficiency and Innovation, ed. C Karlsson, W P Anderson, B Johansson and K Kobayashi, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2007, pp. 127-146
  • Regional Planning, regional development and transport markets, in Strategic Planning for Regional Development in the UK, ed. H.T.Dimitriou and R Thompson, Routledge, Abingdon, 2007, pp.135-153
  • Can business strategy influence policy cycles?, in Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport, ed. R Macario, J.M.Viegas and D.A.Hensher, Elsevier, Oxford, 2007, pp. 215-229
  • Private sector finance of transport infrastructure: progress and prospects, in Institutions and Sustainable Transport: Regulatory Reform in Advanced Economies, ed. P Rietveld and R Stough, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2007, pp.263-284
  • Policy implications of dynamic globalized freight flows in Europe, in Globalized Freight Transport: Intermodality, E-commerce, Logistics and Sustainability, ed. T.R Leinbach and C. Capineri, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2007, pp.219-237
  • The EU Budget: rebates, reform and paying for enlargement, in Stosunki ekonomczne w rozszerzonej Unii Europejskiej/ Economic relations in the EU enlarged, ed. J Kundera, Kolonia, Wroclaw, 2007, pp215-225
  • The private finance of public infrastructure: the role of banks, in Der Banksektor im Wandel, ed. N. Emmerich and P. Roßbach, Fritz Knapp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2006, pp. 211-224
  • Infrastructure policy, in Handbook of Transport Strategy, Policy and Institutions (Handbooks in Transport Volume 6) ed. K.J.Button and D.A Hensher, Elsevier, Oxford, 2005, pp. 225-235
  • Public and private initiatives in infrastructure provision, in Barriers to Sustainable Transport, ed. P Rietveld and R Stough, Spon Press, London, 2004, pp.18-36
  • Private financing of transport infrastructure: some UK experience, in Trends in Infrastructure Regulation and Financing, ed. C von Hirschhausen, T. Beckers and K. Mitusch, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2004, pp. 177-198
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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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Administrative roles

  • Dean for Europe
  • Member of Faculty Board
  • Member of Graduate School Board
  • Member of Senate
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