Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Civil and Building Engineering

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2013 - present, Senior Lecturer in Air Transport, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University.

2009 - 2013, Lecturer in Transport Studies, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University.

2008 - 2009, OMEGA research assistant, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University.

2007 - 2008, Research and teaching assistant, Geography Department, Loughborough University.

2003 - 2007, PhD 'Producing airspace: The contested geographies of Nottingham East Midlands Airport', Geography Department, Loughborough University.

2002-2003, MSc (with Distinction), thesis title 'Lowering the Fare: The Low Cost Airline Revolution in Europe', Geography Department, Loughborough University.

1999-2002, BA Human Geography (First Class Honours and the Sir William Meyer Prize), Geography Department, University College London.

My work has appeared in a variety of media and publishing formats including peer reviewed academic journals, international conferences, edited books, industry reports, and consumer magazines. I have also contributed to national television and radio programmes including:

- The Secret Life of the Airport (BBC2 and BBC4).

- File on Four, You and Yours, and The Long View programmes on BBC Radio 4.

- BBC1 East Midlands Today  and Wales Today regional news programmes.

- BBC1 'History of the World' television programme on the subject of flight.

I have also given interviews to BBC Radio Leicester, BBC Radio Wales and the Leicester Mercury.

External Activities

I sit on the international editorial boards of the Journal of Transport Policy and the Journal of Air Transport Management. I have worked with colleagues at Eurocontrol, the Commission for Integrated Transport, and the OMEGA (Opportunities for Mitigating the Environmental Effects of Growth in Aviation) academic research consortium on aviation research projects. I am currently co-editing two books on the subject of flight. I am an external examiner of the transport and logistics degree programmes at Huddersfield University.

Broad Interests and Expertise

Commercial aviation.

Research Interests

Airport operations; the geographies of airspace; air transport policy; air travel and globalization; airport expansion, aviation and the environment; airline marketing; the historical development of air transport.

Previous Research Projects

Recent research projects include exploring climate related air traffic management procedures, assessing the environmental impact of airspace charging regimes within Europe, sustainable avaition, and the changing cultures of aeromobility from the 1910s to the present.

Other Information

I teach on both the BSc in Air Transport Management and the BSc in Transport and Business Management undergraduate degree programmes. I am currently responsible for teaching three aviation modules:

CVA045 Introduction to Air Transport

CVB057 Aviation Planning and Operations

CVC066 Airline Marketing and Management

I supervise final year aviation projects and act as the Part A tutor and DIS (industrial placement) tutor for the ATM and TBM degrees.  I am currently supervising four PhD students who are working in the areas of avaition biofuels, aircraft noise and community engagement, runway end safety areas, and airport capacity in London and the South East. I am always happy to discuss potential PhD topics with prospective students.

Research project

Quantifying the disruptive impact of CAPE on air traffic flows through UK airspace.


This EPSRC-funded research project aims to quantify the disruptive effect of convective available potential energy (a proxy for turbulence in the atmosphere) on air traffic flows through UK airspace and explore the impact that future changes in CAPE will have for air traffic flows in the future. The research is actively developing new empirical insights and developing new methods of data generation and analysis.


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