Visiting Researchers

Mikkel Thorhauge

Mikkel Thorhauge is an Assistant Professor in the Transport Modelling Division at the Department of  Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. He holds an MSc in Transport and Logistics and a PhD in Transport Modelling from the Technical University of Denmark. During his PhD he spent 5 months at the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California at Berkeley as a Visiting Student Researcher. His research interests are transport modelling, more specifically behavioral modelling, stated choice experiments, data collection and large scale transport modelling. In 2016 he received Prof. P.H. Bendtsen's Transport Research Award.

Melinda MatyasVisitor Melinda Matyas

Melinda is a PhD researcher at the University College Longon Energy Institute and a member of the MaaSLab research team. Her research focuses on modeling consumer demand for Mobility as a Service (MaaS), a new concept in urban transport. She holds a MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from UCL as well as a BA in Economics from Boston University.

Andreas Schafer

Andreas W. Schäfer is a Professor of Energy and Transport at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London.  He is also the Director of Research of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Director of the Air Transportation Systems Laboratory (, and a Visiting Professor at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University.  He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Transportation for five years and has served on a number of advisory boards from government and university research programs.

Andreas’ publications cover the demand for and supply characteristics of energy and transportation systems.  Examples include econometric models of national, world-regional, and global travel demand, techno-economic assessments of advanced surface and air vehicle technologies, and integrated modeling of the global air transportation system.  In addition to leading peer review journals, his work was published in popular science magazines, such as Scientific American and American Scientist.  He is lead-author of “Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World”, MIT Press (June 2009). Andreas has been principal investigator of multiple research projects, including the UK Research Council funded projects 'Systems Aspects of Electric Commercial Aircraft (SAECA)', 'Airport Capacity Consequences Leveraging Aviation Integrated Modelling (ACCLAIM)', 'Aviation Integrated Modelling (AIM)', and the EU FP7 funded 'Technology Opportunities and Strategies Toward Climate-Friendly Transport (TOSCA)" project. Andreas holds a MSc in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Energy Economics, both from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. 

Alessandro Paccagnella

Alessandro Paccagnella is the Professor of Electronics at the University of Padova. His research activity has been directed to the study of different aspects of physics, technology, and reliability of semiconductor devices. In relation with this activity he spent some research periods at the University of California, San Diego, and at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. At present, he coordinates the research activity of a group at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, working on CMOS devices and technology. His research work is focused on the study of ultra-thin gate dielectrics in MOS submicron devices, on the effects of plasma-based deposition and etching processes used to fabricate integrated circuits, on the damage induced by ionizing radiation and the corresponding measurement methods and techniques on single devices and integrated components, with emphasis on non-volatile memories and programmable logic devices. He has chaired numerous sessions at the most important international conferences about ionizing radiation effects on electronics components. In the field of ionizing radiation effects on electronics components, AP has been co-organizer and chair of the scientific committee for RADECS2002, Padova, September 2002, the most important European conference in this domain.

In collaboration with the colleagues at the Department of Physics he has animated the research activity in the area of ionizing radiation effects in Padova, contributing to the birth of the first accelerated ion line to test electronic components at the Tandem accelerator at the INFN Legnaro National Laboratories. He has been responsible of several research projects, one of them having been a project sponsored by the Italian Space Agency ASI (2002) on the effects of ionizing radiation on programmable logic components, which was carried out in collaboration with the polytechnic of Turin.

Roberto Vettor

Roberto Vettor is the Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Padua, Italy. He actively collaborates with several research institutions in Italy and abroad including the Centre for the Study and Integrated Therapy of Obesity, European Society for the Study on Obesity, Collaborating Centre for Obesity Management, The Metabolic Diseases and Cardiovascular Risk Unit, Clinical Endocrinology Unit and Endocrine-Metabolic Lab. His main research focus is the pathophysiology of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes and their complications, however also focuses on neuroendocrinology as well as the clinical and therapeutical aspect of polycystic ovary syndrome. Roberto has been involved in several clinical and experimental trials both in phase 2 and 3 in GCP. He has also been invited as both chair and speaker to numerous conferences and congresses around the world and has published widely in the area of diabetes and obesity with over 200 original papers (>170 with ‘Impact Factor’) and several book chapters. 

Wagner A. Kamakura

Wagner A. Kamakura is the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. Prior to joining the Jones school, he taught at Duke University, University of Iowa, University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University. Before joining academia, he has worked in market analysis, forecasting and planning at Duratex S.A. and Massey-Ferguson of Brazil. He has also been a visiting scholar to Australia, Brazil, China, Singapore, South Korea and Spain, where he lectures either English, Portuguese or Spanish. Professor Kamakura holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad de Granada, a PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, a MS in Industrial Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), an EMBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil) and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica - ITA (Brazil). He has co-authored Estratificação Socioeconomica e Consumo no Brasil and Market Segmentation: Conceptual and Methodological Foundations, as well as close to a hundred articles in the leading academic journals in Marketing as well as other disciplines. His publications have received best-paper awards from the International Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing Research and Journal of Retailing. Professor Kamakura has served as the Editor of the Journal of Marketing Research, Area Editor of Marketing Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Research. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing and Marketing Science. His current research interests focus on marketing analytics, consumption and time-use analysis, efficiency analysis, customer relationship management, market segmentation and market structure.

John F P Bridges

John F P Bridges PhD is an associate professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he co-directs the masters of health science in health economics and is core faculty within the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR) and the interdepartmental program in health economics. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the Health Economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), New York, a Visiting Professor, Department of Health Technology and Services Research, University of Twente in the Netherlands, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. Dr. Bridges received his PhD in economics from the City University of New York in 2002. Prior to moving to the US, he completed a Bachelor of Economics, with honors, from the Australian National University, a Master of Economics, with honors from the University of Sydney and a fellowship in health economics at Center for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) in Sydney.

Through his research, Dr. Bridges advances and applies a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to study the priorities and preferences of patients and other stakeholders in medicine. He has utilized a variety of state-preference methods, but has made a number of important contributions to the application of conjoint analysis on health related topics. An advocate for understanding the patient’s perspective, he has studied the preferences of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, diabetes, rare diseases and cancer. He has also applied these methods to study public health programs such as vaccination, screening, and male circumcision and to facilitate the study of comparative health care policy. He is the founding editor of The Patient – Patient Centered Outcomes Research. In 2006 he received the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research’s (ISPOR) Bernie O’Brien New Investigator Award and in 2011 received an ISPOR Distinguished Service Award for his leadership of the Conjoint Analysis Good Research Practices Taskforce.

David S. Bunch

Professor David Bunch is an internationally recognized expert on marketing research, marketing science and decision and management sciences. His research interests include consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction, travel behavior, vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles.

Bunch has consulted on transportation issues for public utilities, the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. He has accessed the acceptance and potential impact of alternative fuel vehicles, the impact of telecommuting on travel and other transportation-choice issues.

He has contributed to recent advances in discrete choice modeling methods, which are used to understand and predict the choices consumers make when they must select one product from a competing set of products. Bunch is a frequent presenter at U.S. and international conference and meetings. He has published more than 25 papers in top academic journals.

Bunch earned his Ph.D. in mathematical sciences and M.S. in applied mathematical sciences from Rice University. He received an M.S. in chemistry from Northwestern University and a B. A. in chemistry from Rice University.


Jeff Bennett


Professor Bennett has over 30 years experience researching, consulting and teaching in the fields of Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics and Applied Micro-Economics.

Professor Bennett is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Jeff was also President of that Society in 2002. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Councils of the Centre for Independent Studies and the Menzies research Centre. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of the Mont Pelerin Society. From 2007 to 2011, Jeff was Director of the Environmental and Economics Research Hub.


Elisabetta Cherchi


Elisabetta Cherchi is Associate Professor at the Department of Transport, Technical University of Denmark, where she is also Deputy Head of the Ph.D. school in Transport. She is Area Editor of Transportation, and member of the editorial board of Transportation Research part B, Journal of Choice Modelling and Transport Policy. She is also Vice Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR). Her research interest is in data collection, in the behavioural background of demand modelling and in how to use and expand it to study emerging problems such as understanding what drives sustainable transport behaviour and how it can be promoted.


Matt Shahnazari

MattMatt Shahnazari is a Research Associate at the School of Energy and Resources. He joined the school in March 2016 to conduct research into applying economic and multi-criteria decision analysis across a range of collaborative projects being developed at UCL Australia. Dr Shahnazari’s expertise lies in the analysis and computational modelling of a host of interrelated contemporary problems regarding energy and various disruptive challenges facing this sector. He has multi-disciplinary expertise ranging from engineering to economics and management. He has collaborated with academic cross-disciplinary teams from biology, energy, engineering, economics, and finance.

Matt’s former position was Lecturer for Energy Economics and Energy Policy post-graduate subjects at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. He also completed his doctoral research regarding investment decision making under public policy uncertainty in the energy sector. He developed a framework of investment decision making under public policy uncertainty based on a modelling of investors’ strategic behaviour and risk management practices, capital provision language of financiers, and the core energy regulatory instruments used by policy makers. He also collaborated with Algae Research and Development Centre of Murdoch University for energy life cycle and economic analysis of a novel hybrid renewable energy generation and storage system.

Dr Shahnazari has seven years previous experience in petrochemicals, gas processing, and management consulting in the Middle East. Following his early career in process engineering, he expanded his career in economic modelling, investment banking, and management consulting. He conducted economic feasibility studies for several petrochemical and electricity generation projects, before joining Murdoch University to conduct his doctoral research.
Matt completed his PhD at the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. He has previous degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Chemical Engineering.


Elizabeth Bruch

Elizabeth BruchElizabeth Bruch, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in sociology and complex systems, and Affiliate of the Population Studies Centre at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Much of her work blends statistical and agent-based methods to examine the relationship between individuals' decisions about where to live and patterns of residential segregation. She is also working on a project exploring how individuals' mate search strategies and willingness to settle intersect with demographic constraints to generate dating or marriage market dynamics in U.S. metro areas. Her work has received the Gould Prize from the American Journal of Sociology, as well as best article prizes from the Mathematical and Urban Sociology sections of American Sociological Association. She is a member of the National Institute of Health's Network on Inequality, Complexity, and Health


André Bonfrer

André Bonfrer is a Professor of Marketing in the Research School of Management. He has taught at the Melbourne Business School, The Wharton Business School, and Singapore Management University. Professor Bonfrer has taught promotions management, pricing, sales force management, marketing principles, and marketing research to a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. He has won awards for teaching and for distinction in research.

Professor Bonfrer’s research has been published in a number of top-tier international journals, including the Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Review of Industrial Organization, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. His research focuses on understanding customer behaviour and implications for marketing decisions. Professor Bonfrer’s work examines issues in retail pricing, advertising and competition in the fast-moving consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, and durable goods industries. He also studies customer relationship management, database marketing and customer valuation. 


Ina Bornkessessel-Schlesewsky

Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyProfessor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky holds a MA in General Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Potsdam. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of language, the way in which language is implemented by the brain. Specifically, she is developing a model of language processing (eADM) that aspires towards neurobiological plausibility. She is a Professor: Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia.


Len Coote

Len CooteLen Coote holds the rank of Associate Professor and serves as Head of the Marketing Cluster of academics within the UQ Business School, University of Queensland. He holds Honours (Class 1) and PhD degrees from the QUT and his teaching and research interests include quantitative marketing. His research is published in journals including the Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Choice Modelling. He is vice-chair of ACSPRI; a non-profit consortium of Australian universities established to support social and behavioural research. Among other activities, ACSPRI offers research training in applied statistics for social science researchers. For 10yrs he was an instructor on the ACSPRI summer, winter, and spring programs and offered courses on structural equation modelling. Together with Cam Rungie and Jordan Louviere, he is one of the developers of structural choice modelling (SCM). SCM is a very general form of conditional logit that subsumes existing models as special cases (e.g., random coefficients and error component specifications of mixed logit) and is especially designed to incorporate latent variables. He is chair of the DisCoS Users’ Group. DisCoS is a short-hand expression for Discrete Choice Software; estimation software for SCMs written by Cam Rungie. The annual meetings of the DisCoS Users’ Group are held immediately after Easter at the St Lucia campus of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. The meetings provide an opportunity for researchers to learn in a collegiate environment from the experiences of others.


Phil Gendall

Phil GendallPhil Gendall is a part-time Research Fellow, for the department of marketing at the University of Otago. Phil is working on several research projects in the Department, including a Health Research Council-funded evaluation of tobacco branding and plain packaging and a Marsden grant-funded study into the notion of informed consent, and doing some teaching in marketing research.

Until the beginning of 2012, Phil was Professor of Marketing at Massey University, where he was also head of the Department of Marketing for 20 years. Subsequently, he was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor. Phil’s main interest is in market and social research, particularly aspects of survey research methodology, question wording and questionnaire design.


David Goldbaum

David GoldbaumDavid Goldbaum has a Ph.D in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include learning, adaptation, financial markets, information, and rational choice. His most recent research examines social network formation and the emergence of leaders as a social phenomenon.


Janet Hoek

Janet HoekJanet Hoek is a Professor in the Department of Marketing, University of Otago. Her main research interests are in marketing and public policy. She leads the tobacco-free communications theme within ASPIRE 2025, a research consortium comprising New Zealand's leading tobacco control researchers working to support a tobacco free Aotearoa by 2025.

Janet also leads an HRC project examining plain packaging and tobacco branding, and has been involved in many tobacco control studies. Janet works closely with colleagues in the Department of Public Health (Wellington) on both tobacco and obesity (food marketing) projects. She has been a member of several NGO and government advisory groups, provided evidence to government and Select Committees, and is currently a member of an Australian government tobacco control panel.

Janet was a member of the ANZMAC executive from 2003-2008, including two years as Secretary, three years as chair of the Awards Committee, and two years as Vice President, and in 2009 she was made a Distinguished Member of ANZMAC. 


Twan Huybers

Twan HuybersDr Twan Huybers was educated in The Netherlands where he worked in the private sector for four years. He has a Masters degree (cum laude) in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht and joined the School of Business at UNSW@ADFA in 1994. In 2001 he completed his doctoral research at UNSW in which he investigated the effects of environmental management on the competitiveness of nature-based tourism destinations.

His research interests include the economics of tourism and the application of choice experiments and choice modelling to various decision making contexts. His choice experiment research includes applications to tourist destination choices, household discretionary expenditure decisions, museum visitation choices, athletes' decisions on the use of performance enhancing drugs, and student evaluations of university teaching.


Robert Kohn

Robert KohnProfessor Robert Kohn is a Scientia Professor from the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales. Robert's research and teaching interests include Bayesian methodology, Variable selection and model averaging, Nonparametric regression models, Time series modelling, Multivariate Gaussian and non-Gaussian regression; and Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation algorithms.


Harmen Oppewal

Harmen OppewalHarmen Oppewal, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Marketing at Monash University. He researches consumer decision-making behaviour in retail and related services contexts, often using experimental methods, in particular choice experiments. He has conducted numerous studies in marketing and retail, housing and real estate, recreation and tourism, an transportation. His projects are either academic or for business and public policy clients.

Harmen’s current projects include the following topics: shopping behaviour, assortment perception, local competition, the retail experience, branding and store choice, brand personality, perception and use of urban parks, consideration sets and tourist destination choice, visualisation and information acceleration to model preferences for new products, information search and channel choice.


Riccardo Scarpa

Riccardo ScarpaRiccardo Scarpa is an applied economist. He has a Laurea in Agricultural Sciences from Univ. of Tuscia-Viterbo (Italy); an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the Univ. College of Wales-Aberystwyth (UK); an M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) where he also got his Ph.D. in Forest Economics. Before Waikato he was employed in the faculty of Univ. of Tuscia-Viterbo (Italy); Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and Univ. of York (UK).


Linda Siew Li Tan

Linda Tan has a PhD in Statistics and Applied Probability from the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include Bayesian inference, variational approximation, hierarchical models, mixture models and stochastic optimisation. She currently works as a teaching assistant with the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability at the National University of Singapore.


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