Research Fellow in Spatial Econometrics
University of Leeds Institute for Transport Studies
United Kingdom


Research Fellow in Spatial Econometrics

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in spatial econometrics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?


We are looking for an individual to work as part of a team developing spatial econometric models linking transport, housing markets, and commercial property, as well as in the analysis of the determinants of public satisfaction and demand analysis for various transport modes. There is scope to play a key role in shaping and developing these new models, working alongside other economists with a range of relevant expertise and specialist spatial analysis researchers. The role will involve econometric modelling using spatial datasets that will typically be pre-prepared, although some data preparation work can be expected. The models will use data taken from established and novel transport-sector models – offering the researcher the opportunity to explore transport and accessibility modelling as part of their work. The models will also cover a wide range of explanatory variables across multiple sectors – including education and skills, labour markets, and environmental quality.


You will be someone who can work independently as part of research team, and has the ability to take responsibility for specific research outputs including models, reports and publications arising from their field of work within the wider research programme. There is a great deal of scope for innovation within this post, and we are looking for someone who is willing to bring their own energy, interests and knowledge to the role. We will encourage you to contribute to the methodologies and analysis and as a result you will have the opportunity to lead or co-lead on publications. Willingness to learn new software and analysis techniques is essential and support will be provided where necessary. The work will involve deadlines requiring you to work flexibly and be able to prioritise appropriately. The real-world applications of the models developed will include changes to the rail network and rail accessibility across a wide area, and the socio-economic consequences of those changes.


With a PhD (or close to completion - i.e. the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of application) comprising a substantive applied econometrics component, ideally in spatial econometrics, or a related discipline, you will have an interest in taking on a substantial modelling research project with a great deal of potential for methodological innovations.


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr John Nellthorp, Senior Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 36613; email:


Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment
School/Institute: Institute for Transport Studies
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Fixed term for 1.5 Years (with possibility of extension – due to external funding))
Release Date: Friday 08 November 2019
Closing Date: Sunday 08 December 2019
Interview Date: See advert
Reference: ENVTR1111


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