Dr Alexander Stead

Dr Alexander Stead


Economist and econometrician with a particular interest in productivity and efficiency analysis, with applications to transport, public utility, and infrastructure industries. To download my Stata packages, visit my Github profile (link above). Also interested in the analysis of transport demand and transport economics in general.

Employment History

  • 2021-Present, Lecturer in Transport Economics
  • 2016-2021, m2i Research Fellow in Efficiency Analysis, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2013-2015, Tutor in Economics, Hull University Business School, University of Hull


Research interests

CQC Efficiency Network

This project is a partnership between the University of Leeds and Measure 2 Improve (m2i). The Network provides an Annual Efficiency and Value for Money Assessment, building on the CQC Efficiency Model that was developed m2i and the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds using econometric analysis techniques and Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP) funding. The Network measures efficiency, evaluates the likely impact of changes to practice and process and provides a stimulus to realising cost savings by encouraging the adoption of the efficient practices of others.

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  • AFHEA (Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), AdvanceHE, 2023
  • PhD in Economics, University of Hull, 2017
  • PGCert Research Training, University of Hull, 2015
  • MSc(Econ) (Distinction) Economics and Business, University of Hull, 2012
  • BSc(Econ) (Hons) Economics, University of Hull, 2010

Professional memberships

  • International Society for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (ISEAPA)

Student education

Module leadership and delivery of postgraduate taught transport economics modules; teaching on undergraduate economics and transport modules; undergraduate and MSc dissertation supervision; PhD supervision.

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Appraisal
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