Dr Dimitris Potoglou is a Lecturer in Transport and Applied Choice Analysis. Prior to joining the Cardiff School of Planning and Geography, Dimitris worked as a Research Policy-Analyst at RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research institute (since 2008; now part-time) and as a post-doctoral fellow at the Delft University of Technology (2006-2008).
His research interests include travel behaviour, in particular 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, value the outcomes of social and health care and estimate the demand for postal services under changed service offerings. 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 is a member of the editorial board of The Open Transportation Journal and serves regularly as a reviewer for journals and international conferences.
- Postgraduate Certificate for University Teaching and Learning, Cardiff University, 2013.
- 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 City and Regional Planning, Cardiff University, 2012 – present.
- Policy Analyst, RAND Europe, 2008 – present (part-time since 9/2012).
- 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.
Scholarships and Awards
- 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.
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Transportation Journal, 2011 –.
- Reviewer for: Transportation Research Part A – Policy and Practise, Journal of Choice Modelling, Journal of Transport Geography and others.
Dimitris is a member of the Spatial Analysis Research Group.
Interests / Areas of Expertise
- 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
- Quantitative methods
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), £6,947.
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, €2.5M (€300,000 for RAND Europe).
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.
- Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds, 17 May 2013.
- 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), Messina, 16 –17 June 2011 (declined).
- Modelling World, Transport Modelling Seminars, London, 17 June 2010.
- US House of Representatives, Washington, DC: Briefed professional staffers of the Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee, Washington, DC, 12 March 2010.