UCL Transport Institute


Prof Francesca Medda

Francesca is Director of UCL Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economic Research Laboratory (QASER). Her research focuses on transport finance and incentive performance, efficiency evaluation and contractual agreements in urban and regional economics; she has close working relationships with international industry partners.

Prof Francesca Medda

Prof Francesca Medda



Room 213
Chadwick Building
Gower Street


  • Professor in Transport and Infrastructure Studies
    Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
    Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL


Infrastructure Investment

Energy and Transport Investment

Financial Portfolio Optimization
Risk Analysis
Efficiency and Performance Benchmarking
Public and Private Partnerships

Land Value Finance
Project Appraisal and Business Case Development


Director UCL Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economics Research Laboratory (QASER)

 Francesca Romana Medda is a Professor of Applied Economics and Finance at the University College London (UCL). From 2010 she is the Director of the UCL QASER (Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economics Research) Laboratory. Since 2012 she serves as economic adviser to the UK Ministry of Environment and Agriculture (Defra) and in 2014 at the Ministry of Finance (HM Treasury). She is Vice-President of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. Her research focuses on project finance, innovative financial mechanisms and risk evaluation in different infrastructure sectors such as: transport industry, energy innovation and new technologies, urban investments (smart cities), supply chain provision and optimisation, and efficiency. Her work is published in leading academic and practitioner journals. She has worked and works actively with the private and public sector including The European Investment Bank, The World Bank, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, WILLIS Re, HALCROW, and UITP.  At present she holds several grants, two of which pertain to the application of complexity analysis in the real world. She is Co-Investigator in the £6.2m EPSRC Programme Grant “Liveable Cities” and the £5.8m grant “New Business for Infrastructure Investments”. From 2007 she served on the Executive Board of Directors of a major public transport company in Italy.