Dr David Pierce

Dr David Pierce


      Research Projects and Experience

  • National Highways, via Arup – ‘Integrated Social Impacts’ (2021-22)

Primary and secondary research into the social impacts of highway bypass projects on local residents in built-up areas.

  • Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy (TIES) Living Lab (2021-22)

Statistical analysis to determine the drivers of costs and cost over-runs in UK highway schemes.

  • RSSB – ‘Developing business cases for investment in initiatives to improve health and well-being on the railways’ (2021-22)

Development of a framework that can be used to develop business cases for investment in the rail industry.

  • Highways England, via Arup – ‘Journey Quality Impacts’ (2021)

Led the development of journey quality metrics for use in the assessment of walking infrastructure in urban areas.

  • European Commission - ‘XCYCLE’ (2018)

Economic appraisal of a number of safety systems aimed at reducing the number of accidents between cyclists and road vehicles.

Employment History

  • 2021-, Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2014, Senior Consultant, CH2M HILL, Leeds
  • 2013-2014, Research Associate, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC), Imperial College, London
  • 2007-2013, Consultant/Analyst, MVA Consultancy, London/Woking
  • 2006-2007, Transport Economist, Halcrow Group Ltd, London

Research interests

Key Research Interests

  • Transport Economics
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Wider Economic Impacts
  • System Dynamics
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  • MA (Hons) Economics, University of St Andrews, 2003
  • MLitt Management, Economics and Internal Relations, University of St Andrews, 2004
  • MA Transport Economics, University of Leeds, 2006
  • PhD Transport Studies, University of Leeds, 2021

Student education

Involved in the delivery of undergraduate and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses.