Leeds University

Leeds members

Core members

Stephane Hess

Stephane Hess is Professor of Choice Modelling in the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) and the Director of the Choice Modelling Centre (CMC). His main research interest is in the development of advanced choice models for capturing the true diversity of human decision making, including the implementation of ideas and theories from behavioural economics. He has choice modelling experience in transport, health, environmental economics and marketing.

Charisma Choudhury

Charisma Choudhury is a Lecturer in Transport Engineering and Emerging Economies at Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) and Deputy Director of the Choice Modelling Centre (CMC). She has had experience in advanced choice modelling in the contexts of both developed and developing countries. She is interested in utilizing ubiquitous data sources like GPS, mobile phone and social-networking platforms for modelling mobility and lifestyle decisions.

Thijs Dekker is a Lecturer in Transport Economics at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. His research in the field of discrete choice modelling is on the cutting edge between econometrics, micro-economics and psychology. Hypotheses regarding the impact of individual preferences and attitudes on behaviour are tested using carefully developed experimental settings and tailor-made discrete choice models. One of the strong features of his work is the use of both classical and Bayesian estimation techniques. In both the fields of environmental and transport economics Thijs Dekker has a proven track record of publishing in the field’s leading journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the Journal of Transport Geography.

Romain Crastes is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Romain obtained his PhD in environmental economics at the University of Rouen, France. His main research interests are non-market valuation, ecological economics, and discrete choice modelling. He has mostly worked on improving the internal and external validity of the choice experiment methods. 

David Palma is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS). His main research interest is expanding and validating the current toolkit of choice models to more accurately represent human decision processes. Among other subjects, he has dealt with issues of preference heterogeneity, endogeneity and innovative experimental designs. He is a Transport engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences. He has modelling experience in the context of transport decisions, and food and beverages choices.

Chiara Calastri is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Transport Studies. Her work focuses on applying advanced choice models to different types of complex revealed preference data. She is mainly working on decisions related to time use and social interactions. 




Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is a Research Professor at the Institute for Transport Studies in Leeds, a Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe and the author of the widely-used ALOGIT software. His work attempts to bridge the gap between research and practice in choice modelling. He has participated in, managed or directed major choice modelling projects in many countries, as well as contributing to the academic literature. He received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research and is the only Europe-based recipient of this distinction.

Tatjana Ibraimovic is a visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies. Her current research focus is on the influence of social interactions on residential location choice behaviour, analysing in particular the impacts on neighbourhood ethnic residential segregation. As a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, University of Lugano, Switzerland, Tatjana has worked on Swiss National Science Foundation projects in the field of Urban Economics, focusing in particular on Residential Markets and Households' Location choice decisions of various ethnic communities in the Swiss urban context.

David Meads

David Meads is a lecturer in health economics. He has an interest in decision making in healthcare, behavioural economics and the assessment of preferences in health. His current preference work includes establishing the research priorities of a funding body panel and determining the healthcare service preferences for people with cancer pain in the community and people requiring intravenous antibiotics.

Edward Webb is a Research Fellow in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. Edward's main research interest is deviations from the canonical economic model of rational choice, and more particularly how behavioural decision mechanisms affect interactions and how outcomes depend on different economic environments. Edward was a PhD student at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen where he studied the role of salience, attention and perception in decision making, often taking psychological insights and transferring them to an economic environment.



PhD Students

David Simpson is a PhD student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess and Dr. Charisma Choudhury. His background is in behavioural psychology, psychometrics, and research methods. Currently his interests include the heterogeneity of heuristics, any systematic effects of psychological states upon decision making, and social/societal influences.

Andrew Bwambale is a PhD student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Dr. Charisma Choudhury and Prof. Stephane Hess. His main areas of interests are discrete choice modelling and big data. His research focuses on developing transport planning models with mobile phone data. Prior to his PhD study, Andrew worked as a highway / transport engineer in Uganda.

Evangelos Paschalidis is a PhD student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess and Dr. Charisma Choudhury. His main areas of interest are discrete choice modelling, the influence of emotional states and human physiology on choices and traffic psychology. His PhD topic is related to the development of driving behaviour models accounting for the effects of stress.

Fangqing Song is a PhD student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Prof Stephane Hess and Dr Thijs Dekker. Her research interests are choice modeling and operation management of rail system. Her work focuses on understanding mode choice in the context of intermodal passenger transport and route choice analysis in urban rail transit system.

Jeff Tjiong is a PhD student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Prof Stephane Hess, Dr Thijs Dekker and Dr Manuel Ojeda Cabral. His PhD research focuses on understanding hypothetical biases in Stated Preference survey data.  Prior to his PhD study, Jeff was a Senior Transport Modeller at engineering consultancy CH2M/Halcrow.

Louise De Tremerie is a PhD student at the Institute of Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess, Prof. Gerard de Jong and Prof. Richard Batley. Her topic evolves around decision-making in freight transport in the context of a modal shift towards sustainable modes.

Mauro Capurso is a PhD Research Student at the Institute of Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess and by Dr. Thijs Dekker. His background is marketing and economics, and his main areas of interest are transport economics, choice modelling, and applied industrial organisation. Before joining ITS, Mauro has been involved in a traineeship period at the Economic Evaluation Unit of the European Railway Agency (European Commission). His research focuses on modelling alternatives' consideration in choice decisions, with an application to transport mode choice decisions. 

Md Bashirul Haque is a Ph.D student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess and Dr. Charisma Choudhury. His main area of interest is discrete choice modelling.  His research focuses on integrated modeling of land use and transport related long term and short term choices.

Thomas Hancock is a PhD student at the Institute for Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess and Dr. Charisma Choudhury. His main areas of interest are choice modelling, behavioural economics and mathematical psychology. His research involves bridging the gap between these disciplines and his work thus far has looked extensively into the use of Decision Field Theory in choice modelling.

Martyna Bogacz is a PhD Research Student at the Institute of Transport Studies, supervised by Prof. Stephane Hess and Dr. Charisma Choudhury. Her main areas of interest are behavioural economics and neuroscience. In her work, she intends to combine insights from these fields to better predict and model consumer decision-making processes.

Leeds affiliates

Richard Batley

Richard Batley is Professor of Transport Demand and Valuation at ITS Leeds. His research interests encompass the economics of discrete choice models, especially in transport applications. He has researched various issues surrounding valuation (e.g. travel time, travel time reliability), forecasting (e.g. comparing RUM and non-RUM choice models), and appraisal (e.g. welfare measures in the presence of income effects).

Mark Birkin

Mark Birkin is Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy in the School of Geography. He is also the leader of the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre and Director of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. His major research interests include simulation of individual movement patterns within cities and regions, with both an empirical and a theoretical perspective on the underlying behaviours.

Wandi Bruine de Bruin

Wandi Bruine de Bruin holds a Leadership Chair in Behavioural Decision Making at the Leeds University Business School, and serves as co-director of the university-wide Centre for Decision Research. She is also affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy (US), the University of Southern California Center for Economic and Social Research (US), the University of Michigan Center for Cognitive Economics (US), and the RAND Corporation (US). He research focuses on behavioural decision making, public perceptions of climate change, risk perception and communication, and individual differences in decision-making competence across the life span. She has applied her expertise in projects and expert panels for the US Federal Reserve, HealthCanada, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the International Risk Governance Council, where she serves on the scientific committee.

Manuel Ojeda Cabral is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. His main areas of interest are applied microeconomics, with a focus on transportation, and choice modelling. His research has focused on the economic theory and the estimation of passengers’ valuation of travel time and other travel aspects.

Martin Dallimer

Martin Dallimer is a lecturer in Environmental Change in the Sustainability Research Institute of the School of Earth and Environment. His main research lies in applying and integrating techniques from across different disciplines to understand and better inform biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services management in a human-dominated world. He has used choice modelling to value preferences for the natural world in both urban and rural landscapes, and is particularly interested in how values might vary spatially and with the ecological characteristics of the environments that are being valued.

Phani Kumar Chintakayala is a BigData research fellow in Leeds University Business School and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. His research interests are consumer behaviour modelling and applied econometrics using stated preference methods and discrete choice modelling techniques, predictive modelling. He has extensively designed advanced stated preference experiments and innovatively applied discrete choice modelling techniques in a range of sectors such as Transport (Air, Rail, Road and Water), Energy, Insurance/Banking, Water, Environment, Marketing and Health to recognise consumers’ preferences, to monetise preferences and to create demand models. He worked as a stated preference consultant for Accent for seven years since 2007. His current research focus is on consumer behaviour modelling in sustainable consumption, identifying barriers and drivers for sustainable consumption.

Gerard de Jong

Gerard de Jong is Research Professor at ITS Leeds and director of a transport research consultancy based in The Netherlands, called Significance. His background is in econometrics and spatial economics. He has been working on modelling transport demand at international, national and regional levels, both in passenger and freight transport. Furthermore he has co-ordinated several studies on project assessment and valuation of non-monetary effects (e.g. value of time and reliability).

Alan Pearman

Alan Pearman is Professor of Management Decision Analysis in Leeds University Business School and has served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. His research and teaching focus on how individuals and organisations use information to make decisions and what can be done to support better decision making. He works with both a psychological (descriptive) perspective to understand why decisions are made the way they are and with a more management science (prescriptive) perspective to offer model-based and other support for better decision making in practice. Understanding risk, how it is perceived and how we communicate to others about it, is a significant part of this work.

Barbara Summers

Barbara Summers is Senior Lecturer in Decision Making in the Leeds University Business School (LUBS). She is the co-Director of the Centre for Decision Research (CDR) and President-Elect of the European Association for Decision Making. Her research focuses on individual decision making from both cognitive and emotional perspectives, with applications in finance, health and marketing. She also has experience in statistical modelling of behaviour.