- Course: PhD in Transport Economics
- Year of graduation: 1999
- Nationality: Portuguese
- Job title: Senior Research Assistant/Lecturer
- Company: University of Algarve, Faro
- Location of year abroad: Portugal
Currently, I am a researcher at the University of Algarve. My focus is on transport, regional planning and tourism. I also lecture in Geography and regional planning.
My experience at ITS has helped my career in that as a Geographer, concerned with rail and public transport in general, my post-ITS history is totally different in the exponential capacity I gained to analyse any new situation.
The first time I heard about the ITS course was when I was a student at the Lisbon British Council. I discovered a book called “Economics of the Public Transport” written by Professor Chris Nash. I hardly knew that such a book would change my life. I also would like to make special thanks to Prof Mark Wardman and John Preston.
My advice to other students considering a course here is to go to ITS if you can, even if your career is not strictly Transport.
During my time in Leeds, I took part in a number of the ITS employer visits and the Masters European trip, with plenty of rail travel. I visited the York wagon works. I had a period of training at the former regional railway North West in York and much more.
There have been several highlights of my career so far. In particular, I like to attend the European Transport Conference. I also participate in events at Castilla-la-Mancha University at Ciudad Real, Spain.
I received help and advice from ITS when it came to finding and applying for jobs, they were precious- even during my PhD. ITS was crucial in making contact with Renfe (the former name of the Spanish National Railway Network) and also supporting my stay in Madrid for a month.
As an international student myself my advice to other international students who are seeking work in the transport sector is that like a major railway junction, ITS is a place where plenty of interests converge. It’s a hub of knowledge and contacts.