Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Professor Richard Batley

Director of the Institute
Professor of Transport Demand & Valuation

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 31789
Room: G.14
Research Group: Economics and Appraisal

For appointments/diary management please contact Jennifer Cleaver.

Key Research Interests

  • Microeconomics of transport demand and welfare
  • Theoretical basis of discrete choice models, especially the Random Utility Model
  • Valuation of non-market goods in transport, especially time savings and reliability
  • Application of discrete choice models to public policy analysis

Employment History

  • Pro-Dean for Research & Innovation, Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds (Aug 2015 - Sept 2016)
  • Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (Sept 2014 - date)
  • Director of Research & Innovation, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (Sept 2011 - May 2014)
  • Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (Aug 2007 - Sept 2014)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (Aug 2001 - July 2007)
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (July 2000 - July 2001)
  • Research Officer, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (Jan 2000 - June 2000)
  • Research Assistant, HETA Division, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, London (Aug 1997 - Jan 1998)


  • BSc. Agricultural Economics with First Class Honours (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1994)
  • MA Transport Economics with Distinction (University of Leeds, 1996)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Leeds, 1999)

Professional Engagements

  • Member of the Department for Transport's Joint Analysis Development Panel (2015 - date)
  • Academic/expert peer reviewer for numerous international journals, national science councils, government departments and other similar public agencies.  
  • Member of the Academic Committee for the International Choice Modelling Conference (2008 - date)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Journal of Choice Modelling (2007 - date)
  • Organiser of the 39th Annual Conference of UTSG, Harrogate, January 2007, with responsibility for all aspects of planning

Research Projects and Experience

Richard has been associated with the University of Leeds for more than 20 years, firstly as a postgraduate taught course student, then as a PhD student, before joining the staff of the University in 2000. Since his initial appointment as a Research Officer at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), he has gradually progressed on a research and innovation track, culminating in his promotion to a Chair in 2014.

With a disciplinary background in transport economics, Richard’s specialist expertise covers two related areas: first, valuing qualitative aspects of travel (e.g. journey time, punctuality and comfort) in monetary terms, and second, forecasting the impacts of changes in these qualitative aspects on the demand for travel. He has operated mainly at the interface between academe and public policy, and can demonstrate lasting impacts from his research, especially in the form of official UK policy and practitioner guidance issued to transport operators and transport scheme promoters. Richard has reported research outcomes to senior public servants and politicians (e.g. to transport ministers, and to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee).

Within the University, Richard has acquired comprehensive leadership experience in a research and innovation context, through 5 years’ experience as a research group leader at ITS, a 3 year term as ITS’s Director of Research and Innovation (including leadership of ITS’s REF2014 submission), and his recent 1 year appointment as interim Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Environment. He was appointed Director of ITS in September 2016.

Richard also brings substantial experience as a project director and manager. In the course of his 16 years’ employment at the University, he has led or made significant contributions to around 25 research and consultancy studies for government or industry, including studies for the Department for Transport (multiple contracts across several divisions), National Audit Office, Office of Rail Regulation, and Rail Safety and Standards Board. He recently led the ITS team contributing to the major DfT study which revised official UK valuations of travel time savings.



  • TRAN5060 Welfare Economics and Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Established supervisor for theses/dissertations in the area of economics and discrete choice modelling, especially non-market valuation and welfare analysis 


Book Chapters

  • Batley RP; Ibáñez JN (2013) Applied Welfare Economics with Discrete Choice Models: Implications of Theory for Empirical Specification, In: Hess S; Daly A (Ed) Choice Modelling: The State of the Art and the State of Practice, Edward Elgar, pp.144-171.

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