Professor Chris Nash

Professor Chris Nash


Key Research Interests

  • rail transport
  • appraisal
  • transport pricing
  • externalities

Employment History

  • 2008 - present: Research Professor
  • 1989 - 2008: Professor of Transport Economics, University of Leeds
  • 1975 - 1989: British Rail Lecturer in Rail Transport, University of Leeds (promoted to Senior Lecturer with effect from October 1988)
  • 1971 - 74: Lecturer in Economics, University of Southampton. Lectured on transport economics, cost-benefit analysis and public sector economics


  • BA in Economics (1st Class Honours)
  • PhD in Transport Economics
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

 Professional Engagements

Prof Nash has acted as advisor to many bodies, including the European Commission High Level Group on Transport Infrastructure Charging, the European Union Committee of the House of Lords, the Transport Committee of the House of Commons and the Railways Group of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport. He is associate editor of the Journal of Rail Transport Planning and Management, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Transport Policy and Economics (of which he is a former editor), the South African Journal of Transportation and Supply Chain Management, the International Journal of Transport Economics and of the International Journal of Green Economics.

Research Projects and Experience (selected)

  • 2000-2: Unification of Marginal Costs and Transport Accounts for Transport Efficiency (UNITE) (European Commission)
  • 2001-2: ((with M Wardman) Measuring Demand for an Integrated Inter-urban Public Transport Network (EPSRC)
  • 2001-3: Implementation of Pricing Reform – Transport (IMPRINT – EUROPE) (European Commission)
  • 2003-10: (with M Wardman)  Rail Research UK, ITS contribution to the Rail research Centre programme, focussing on rail costs and on strategic policy decisions(EPSRC)
  • 2004-5: Advice to ORR on Structure of Charges review (ORR)
  • 2005: Scoping study for scarcity charges (ORR)
  • 2005-8: (with B Matthews) Generalisation of research on Accounts and Cost Estimation (GRACE ) (European Commission)
  • 2008-9: Social costs of transport in China (Chinese Ministry of Railways)
  • 2008-9: Rail investment policy (World Bank)
  • 2009-10: Comparison of policies regarding rail passenger services in Britain, Sweden and Germany (VTI Sweden)
  • 2009-10: Competition in the passenger rail industry (SNCF, France),
  • 2011: On rail competition in the British passenger market (Office of Rail Regulation, Britain as subcontractors to MVA)
  • 2012: Full costs of road and rail transport (Community of European Railways, Brussels)
  • 2012: Vertical separation in railways (Community of European Railways, Brussels)
  • 2013: Economic incentives for innovation: a comparative study of the rail and aviation industries (Rail Safety and Standards Board, Britain).
  • 2011-2015: The Sustainable Freight Railway (European Commission)
  • 2014-5: Review of Track Access charges (subcontractor to STRATEC for the Belgian Ministry of Transport)
  • 2015-6; Korean Railway Investment and Operating System improvement Study (Korea Development Institute)  

Professor Nash’s teaching focussed on transport economics, public transport, project appraisal, and welfare economics. In recent years he has lectured on these subjects as visiting professor in the University of Sydney, Eurasian National University of Kazakhstan, University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain), Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona and University College Molde (Norway).

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Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Appraisal