Bryan Matthews


Employment History

  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies (2005-2018)
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies (1998-2005)
  • Consultant Transport Economist, Steer Davies Gleave (1995-1998)
  • Research Assistant, Transpole Lille (1995)

Professional Engagements

  • Chair of the ITS-UK Inclusive Mobility Interest Group (2017- to date)
  • DPTAC (2017-2020)
  • Member: the Accessibility and Inclusion Forum, CILT, 2012-2014
  • Member: the Inclusive Mobility Interest Group (IMIG), ITS-UK, 2009-2014
  • Member: Executive Committee of the University Transport Studies Group, 2009-2012
  • Expert contributor: the 'Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED)', European Commission Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2010
  • Expert academic advisor: the Disability Discrimination Act Code of Practice on Transport, Disability Rights Commission, 2004–2005
  • Expert academic advisor: the Enquiry into Accessible Transport, New Zealand Human Rights Commission, 2005
  • Member of the accessibility advisory committee to the Leeds Supertram, 2001-2005
  • Co-editor of Volume 13 in the Research in Transport Economics series, 2005
  • Guest co-editor for a special issue of the Transport Policy Journal, 2003

Invited talks

  • “The Equity Implications of Smartphones for Disabled People’s Travel Experiences”, NECTAR workshop on Exploring Equity Issues in Transport and Communication Networks, Harrogate, 28-29 September 2012.
  • “The Socio-Economic Assessment of Transport Projects”, Rail and Development: A Comparative Approach between France and the United Kingdom, University of Paris Sorbonne, 9–10 May 2012
  • “User Charges and Subsidy ',HelsinkiExecutive Summer School,AaltoUniversity(Finland), 9–13 August 2011
  • “European Transport Policy – a time to take action”,School of Civic Design Seminar Series,University of Liverpool, 10 March 2010
  • “Access to Goods and Services for Disabled People”, Office for Disability Issues Evidence Day, Department for Work and Pensions,London, 19 November 2009
  • “Transport and Disabled People”, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Seminar Series, Leeds, 9 October 2006
  • Invited speaker – National Register of Access Consultants inaugural conference, 2005
  • Invited speaker – Implementing the Social Model of Disability seminar series, 2005
  • Invited speaker – Disability Rights in Europe conference, 2003

Research interests

Research Projects and Experience

  • Over ten years experience of working on transport research and consultancy projects, encompassing price and user responsiveness, regulatory assessment and user reactions, cost analysis, planning and decision-making processes and investment appraisal.
  • Clients include the European Commission, the British Disability Rights Commission, the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, the Community of European Railways, the UK Department For Transport, and a range of UK local authorities.
  • Capable of employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques and familiar with relevant software, including Excel and LimDep.
  • Considerable experience in project management, including a 3m Euro project comprising 15 partners in 11 countries and a 1.3M Euro project comprising 5 partners in 5 countries.

I am a co-supervisor on integrated ticketing and on accessible travel information. I have previously supervised a PHD on aviation externalities. I also supervise numerous under-graduate and post-graduate dissertations on accessibility, railways and aviation. I welcome expressions of interest in PhD study in any of my areas of expertise.

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  • MA Transport Economics – University of Leeds 1994
  • BA Economics (2:1) – University of Liverpool 1993

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 2012-to date

Student education

I am module leader for six UG modules, in the areas of: transport policy, aviation, and the social impacts of transport. I also contribute to teaching on four PG modules, in the areas of: travel behaviour, integrated transport, and accessibility.  In addition to this, I am our school’s academic integrity lead, blended learning champion and personal tutoring coordinator.

Research groups and institutes

  • Social and Political Sciences
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