Dr Dimitris Potoglou is a Lecturer in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis. Prior to joining the School of Geography and Planning, Dimitris worked as a Research Policy-Analyst at RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research institute and as a post-doctoral fellow at the Delft University of Technology.
His research interests include travel behaviour and analysis, including active travel, transport and land-use interactions, car ownership, vehicle type-choice decisions and demand for cleaner vehicles.
Dimitris specialises in the design and analysis of stated preference discrete choice and best-worst scaling experiments and related surveys. He has developed and contributed to research projects on the use of stated preference data to model the willingness to pay for improvements in water services, the value the outcomes of social and health care, and estimate the demand for postal services under changed service offerings and the relative valuations of biomedical research-impact.
He has also introduced the stated preference discrete choice experiment methodology in estimating the value of personal information and quantifying the trade-offs individuals make across privacy, liberty and security under real-life settings. The latter study has been briefed to policy makers at various levels including cabinet members at the European Parliament and staff members of the US House Subcommittee on Transportation Security.
Dimitris serves regularly as a reviewer for academic journals and international conferences.
- Postgraduate Certificate for University Teaching and Learning, Cardiff University, 2014
- PhD Geography, McMaster University, 2006
- MSc Environmental Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 2001
- BSc Environmental Studies, University of the Aegean, 1999
- Lecturer, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, 2012 –
- Policy Analyst, RAND Europe, 2008 – 2015 (part-time 9/2012 - 01/2015)
- Guest Researcher, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 2008 – 2012
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 2006 – 2008
- Teaching and Research Assistant, McMaster University, Canada, 2002 – 2006
- Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Greece, 2001
- Instructor, Occupational Training Centre “Integration”, Greece, 2000
- Research Assistant, University of the Aegean, Greece, 1997 - 1999
Visiting Academic Appointments
- Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of Messina, Italy, 03/2016 – 12/2016
- Honorary Lecturer, The University of Sydney Business School, Institute of Transportation and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney, Australia 05/2016
- Higher Education Academy, Fellow, 2014
- Charter Institute of Transport and Logistics, Chartered Member
- Methodological Innovations Committee, European Transport Conference, 2011 – 2014
Scholarships and Awards
- Nominated for Enriching Students' Life Award, Cardiff University, 2013/14 and 2014/15
- Alice Farrands' Research Scholarship, RAND Europe, 2008
- Alexander S. Onassis Benefit Foundation, Academic Scholarship, 2002 – 2006
- McMaster University, Graduate Scholarship, 2002-2006
- Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Jim Davey Award, 2004 and 2005
- Hellenic-Canadian Federation of Ontario Academic Award, 2004
- University of the Aegean, Graduation Award, 1999
- Greek State Institute of Scholarships (IKY), 1997 and 1998
Awards to Students
- Matthew Barron, John Heasman Prize 2015-16, British Parking Association, 2016
- Emma Thorpe, RTPI Research Awards First Prize in the Student Category, 2015
- Matthew Barron, Sawtooth Software Academic Grant Recipient, 2015
- Chao Qi, John Heasman Bursary 2014-15, British Parking Association, 2014
- Lucy Baker, RT Wynn Medallion for Best Student-Paper, CILT-Wales National Transport Awards, 2014
- Member of the US Transportation Research Board's Task Force on Data Privacy, Security and Protection Policy, 2016 –
- Member of the Programme Committee, 2nd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems: Theory, Applications and Management (GISTAM), Rome, Italy, 26-27 April, 2016
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Transportation Journal, 2011 – 2015
- Universities Transport Study Group (UTSG), Executive Committee Member, 2014 –
- Reviewer for: Transportation Research Part A – Policy and Practise, Journal of Choice Modelling, Journal of Transport Geography, Transportation Research Part D – Transport and Environment and others
Dimitris is a member of the Spatial Analysis Research Group.
Interests / Areas of Expertise
- Active travel
- Travel behaviour
- Car ownership, type choice and demand for cleaner cars
- Privacy and security trade-offs
- Design of discrete choice and best-worst scaling experiments to inform public policy and decision making
- Quantitative methods
2013-2015: Understanding the relative valuations of research impact: Applying best-worst scaling experiments to survey the public & biomedical/health researchers
Funded by the Medical Research Council (Ref: MR/L010569/1).
Co-Investigator (PI: Prof. Jonathan Grant, King's College London).
This study aims to address this gap by refining and adapting a survey-based approach known as Best-Worst Scaling (BWS) to analyse the relative valuations of research impact as perceived by the general population and researchers. This study will focus on biomedical and health research and will contribute to the MRC's objective to fund studies that "Deliver user/beneficiary views on the contribution of academic research and MRC input to this".
2013 -: Financing Local Public Transport using Land Value Capture Tax : The Case of Cardiff Bus.
Funded by British Academy/Leverlulme Small Research Grant (Ref: SG122122).
Co- Principal Investigator, with Dr Yiming Wang.
This project is a scoping study to examine a potential policy option of levying land value capture property tax to fund local public transport in the UK. Traditional charging scheme only recognises the internal use value of transport facility. What is overlooked is that the public transport system often promotes and, in economic terms, exerts positive externalities upon the market values of real estate properties which are adjacent to the transport network. Such added property values, if recovered through taxation, can be used to finance local public transport systems, which, given the current economic climate, are typically short of funding in the contemporary UK. The geographic focus of this study will be on the public bus system in the city of Cardiff, Wales.
2012 – 2014: Public Perception of security and privacy: Assessing Knowledge, Collecting Evidence, Translating Research into Action.
Funded by Project PACT, FP7 and DG Enterprise, Grant Agreement No. 285635.
Co- Principal Investigator, with Neil Robinson for RAND Europe (Total: 11 European Partners).
Security technologies and related measures are implemented to mitigate likely risks from terrorist attacks and other threats, but these technologies and measures may compete with privacy and civil liberties. RAND Europe is participating in PACT, a 3-year EU-funded research project to assess existing knowledge about the relation between security and privacy; collect empirical evidence through a pan-European survey; and analyse the main factors that affect how the public perceives the security and privacy implications of security technology. RAND Europe is leading the design and analysis of a large-scale survey that is aimed to collect responses from 27,000 participants across the EU27 member states using face-to-face interviews and internet surveys. The survey questionnaire involves asking participants' preferences in three real-life situations where different factors related to privacy and security may compete.
- Omar Alotaibi (2013 – present) - 1+3, Self-funded
- CP0338 – Sustainable Transport [Autumn Semester].
Postgraduate - MSc Transport and Planning
- CPT896 – Transport Analysis [Autumn Semester].
- CPT876 – Researching Transport [Spring Semester].
- CPT885 - Governance of the Eco-City Development Process [Spring Semester].
- Course Director, MSc Transport and Planning.
Talks and Invited Briefings
"Bus Stop, Property Price and Land Value Tax A Quantile Hedonic Exploration", Transport Statistics User Group Wales, 25 April, 2016, Cardiff
"How did we get here? Andrea Collins and Dimitris Potoglou talk to Andy Fryers, Hay Festival Winter Weekend, 27 November, 2015, Hay-on-Way
"Short-stay Car Parking Choice Behaviour: A Case Study of Cardiff City Centre", ParkEx, 21 April, 2015, The NEC, Birmingham.
"Public Preferences for Security and Privacy: Evidence from a Pan-European Study" School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University; Event hosted by the Innovation and Engagement Unit, 11 March, 2015, Cardiff. This talk can be viewed here.
"Preferences for Privacy, Surveillance and Security: A Pan-European Study on the Metro/Train Travel" School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University; Event hosted by the Spatial Analysis Research Group, 19 March, 2015, Cardiff.
"Design of stated preference discrete choice experiments and surveys", School of Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, 13 November 2013, Newcastle.
"Economic value of personal information online: Preliminary findings from three stated preference discrete choice experiments", Institute for Transport Studies, 17 May 2013, Leeds.
"How about an electric car? Review of barriers, policy interventions and an exploratory study in the East of England", Research Centre on Economics of Institutions, University of Rome III, Rome, 22 February 2012.
Keynote Speaker, XIII Scientific Meeting of the Italian Society of Transport Economics (SIET), 16 –17 June 2011, Messina (declined).
"Security, at what cost? Quantifying people’s trade-offs across privacy, liberty and security", Modelling World, Transport Modelling Seminars, 17 June 2010, London.
"Security, at what cost? Quantifying people’s trade-offs across privacy, liberty and security", US House of Representatives, Washington, DC: Briefed professional staffers of the Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee, 12 March 2010, Washington, DC.
"Environmental valuation of goods and services using discrete choice modelling", Dept. of Environmental Studies, University of the Aegean, 19 January 2010, Mytilene.
"Security, at what cost? Quantifying people’s trade-offs across privacy, liberty and security", RAND Europe Board of Trustees, 14 January 2009, London.
Currently collaborating with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research institute, on the 7th European Framework programme project PACT, which involves the largest survey across EU on privacy and security using stated preference discrete choice experiments involving three real-life contexts: choice of internet service provider, choice of travel setting on the rail network and health data records.
Dimitris' research has recently featured in:
- Science for Environment Policy: Commuting study reveals the factors affecting sustainable transport use
- Passenger Transport: Research links bus stops to property prices, 29 April 2016
- Patil, S.et al. 2016. Public preferences for electronic health data storage, access and sharing - evidence from a pan-European survey. JAMIA Journal of the American Medical Informatics Assocation
- Potoglou, D., Palacios, J. and Feijóo, C. 2015. An integrated latent variable and choice model to explore the role of privacy concern on stated behavioural intentions in e-commerce. Journal of Choice Modelling 17, pp. 10-27
- Mabit, S., Rich, J., Burge, P., and Potoglou, D., Valuation of travel time for long-distance travel: Results from the Fehmarn Belt Stated Choice Experiment, Journal of Transport Geography, Vol. 33, pp. 153-161
- Santos, G., Maoh, H., Potoglou, D., Von Bruun, T., (2013) Factors influencing modal split of commuting journeys in medium-sized European cities, Journal of Transport Geography, 30, pp. 127-137
"Bus Stop, Property Price and Land Value Tax A Quantile Hedonic Exploration", Transport Statistics User Group Wales, 25 April, 2016, Cardiff.