Dr Manuel Ojeda Cabral

Dr Manuel Ojeda Cabral


Dr Manuel Ojeda Cabral is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies. He joined ITS staff in 2014 after obtaining his Ph.D from the University of Leeds. Manuel’s research is driven by his willingness to contribute to better collective decision-making processes and the improvement of social welfare. His research is focused on understanding and improving the socio-economic appraisal of public sector projects and policies. This includes, for example, cost-benefit analysis techniques and the valuation of non-market goods such as time, accessibility, environmental factors and the urban realm. Most of his work falls within the remit of the transport sector and is published in world-leading journals. Manuel works closely with major public sector agencies, industry and other organizations, regularly contributing to national and international research projects directly linked to economic policy.


  • Programme Leader for MSc Railway Operations, Management and Policy
  • Deputy Research Group Leader, Economics & Appraisal Group

Research interests

Key interests

  • Appraisal
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)
  • Valuation of non-market goods (travel time and other aspects of transport, the environment and the public realm)
  • Welfare economics
  • Accessibility
  • Urban realm valuation and appraisal
  • Land value research
  • Transport economics
  • Microeconomic theory and consumer behaviour
  • Choice modelling and Stated Preferences experiments
  • Hedonic pricing


Current and recent research projects include:

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  • Ph.D Economics
  • MSc Transport Economics
  • BA Economics

Student education

Manuel has teaching duties at the University of Leeds, regularly lecturing in economics and transport related modules at all levels (UG, PG and CPD courses), especially in various transport economic appraisal modules.

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Appraisal
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