I joined the University in 1988 after completing my PhD at the University of Birmingham on the topic of 'Hub and Spoke Networks and Scheduling Systems'. I have co-ordinated the Department's Air Transport activities since 1991 and have also contributed to research on topics ranging from a bus and coach safety study to forecasting freight transport costs.
Nigel is a fellow of AirNeth - an advisory body for Dutch aviation policymakers, a member of the Association for European Transport and the European Policy and Research Programme Committee as well as being a member of the Aviation Economics and Forecasting Committee of the Transportation Research Board (US). He participated in an OECD (International Transport Forum) Research Round Table in Paris during October 2008 on the subject of Airline Competition, Systems of Airports and Intermodal Connections. He is a member of the Air Transport Research Society and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nigel is also external examiner for Transport and Logistics courses at the University of Huddersfield.
I am a module leader for Airline Planning on the MSc Transport Planning and Management and exams officer for the MSc Transport and Logistics programmes. I arrange and teach on the Department's extensive portfolio of aviation short courses. I also deliver a course in Airline Marketing and Management at Loughborough University each autumn.
Nigel's main research areas are in airline economics, management, scheduling, network analysis (hubs), forecasting and modelling. He has been involved in many research projects. These include studies of hub performance and developments for British Airways and the BAA, alternative network structures for DHL and economic impacts and airport charges for Ryanair. Long-term traffic forecasts have been produced and route network and airport operations simulated for the UK Department of Trade and Industry's 'VANTAGE' Project and for the new Berlin Airport. An evaluation of the Scottish Air Route Development Fund has been undertaken in conjunction with Scott Wilson for Scottish Enterprise. Developments in the budget airline sector were studied for the English Tourism Council and the effects of airline alliances on airports for Hochtief. Nigel has also participated in a number of European Commission funded studies on air transport in remote regions of Europe, airline fares and hub competition.
Nigel is currently involved with supervising two PhD students:
Jane Edwards on Pre-Trip Decision Making Behaviour of Passengers Using Low-Cost Carriers
Toral Patel on Enhancement of Transport Safety through Cross-Modal Switching