School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Graham Francis BSc (Econ), MBA, MA, ACMA, GCMA

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Visiting Fellow in Aviation

Graham has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and performance management, which has increasingly been applied to the field of air transport management. He is a freelance author, consultant and lecturer, with previous posts including Senior Fellow at Waikato Management School, New Zealand, and Senior Lectureships at the Open University Business School and the University of Hertfordshire.

Broad interests and expertise

Graham has more than one hundred publications including fifty in refereed journals and has won several prizes for his research. Research interests address various aspects of aviation and performance management, including performance management and regulation of air transport, aviation history, best practice benchmarking and the implementation of new performance measurement tools such as value based management.

Graham has lectured in Air Transport Management, Management Accounting, Performance Measurement, Financial Management, Financial Accounting and Research Methods. He has extensive experience writing and delivering supported distance learning materials.

Professional affiliations

  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association

Research interests 

  • Aviation History
  • The Privatisation, Commercialisation and Regulation of Airports
  • The Impact of Low Cost Airlines on Airports
  • Performance Measurement and Management of Air Transport
  • Low Cost Airlines Market Exit
  • New Zealand Airports
  • The Airport – Airline Relationship
  • Accounting and Business History
  • The Implementation of New Performance Measurement Tools
  • Best Practice Benchmarking
  • Airport Surface Access
  • Air Transport Geography
  • The Market Exit of Airlines
  • The development of the UK Airport System
  • Air transport Economics and Finance
  • Freelance author, consultant and lecturer
  • Member of the editorial board of Benchmarking: an International Journal