Dr John Nellthorp

Dr John Nellthorp


Key Research Interests

  • Measurement and valuation of individual response to transport improvements
  • Revealed preference analysis, hedonic pricing
  • User benefits, including reliability, security and health
  • Externalities: noise, local environment and quality of life
  • Land value and economy impacts
  • Policy analysis using choice experiments, regional models and CBA

Employment History

  • Senior Research Fellow, ITS, University of Leeds (current)
  • 1999-2001 Research Fellow, ITS, University of Leeds
  • 1996-1999 Research Officer, ITS, University of Leeds
  • 1994-6 Assistant Economist, Halcrow Fox and Associates, Edinburgh
  • 1990 Statistical Assistant, The Henley Centre for Forecasting, London


  • PhD, Political Economy of Transport Investment and Pricing, University of Leeds, 2011
  • MA Transport Economics, University of Leeds, 1994
  • BA (Hons) Economics, University of Cambridge, 1993

Professional Engagements (examples)

  • External peer review panel member (2017-18) on Ex post evaluation of major projects supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (European Commission)
  • Business Case Development Manual reviewer for TfL (2016-7)
  • Academic Expert on Business Case development for Metrolinx (Toronto) multimodal transport authority (2015)
  • Consultancy for Department for Transport, The World Bank, UNECE, TINA Secretariat, European Commission, Eurostar, Highways Agency, RAC Foundation
  • Academic adviser to the Welsh and Scottish Governments
  • European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) Round Tables 128 and 135
  • Invited Speaker - e.g. People and Place Workshop DfT Sept 2018; National Infrastructure Commission Future Cities, March 2018; European Investment Bank Expert Workshop 'Decision Making on Transport Infrastructure', Belgium, 2012; SONORE Noise/Soundscape Conference Paris, 2010


  • Leader: Economic Appraisal and Economic Performance; Transport Investment Appraisal; Rail Investment Appraisal (for Masters & professionals); Project Appraisal (BA/BSc Level 2) - covering transport and energy policy
  • Leader: CPD courses for National Audit Office, DfT, Highways England, West Yorkshire PTE, DTTAS (Ireland) and others
  • External training for The World Bank and EU in Europe, Africa & US


  • Research Group Deputy-Lead - Economics and Appraisal Group
  • Course Leader: Transport Investment Appraisal
  • Module Leader: Economic Appraisal and Economic Performance; Project Appraisal
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Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Appraisal

Current postgraduate researchers

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