Professor Francesca Medda

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Organisation: University College London
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Francesca Romana Medda is a Professor in Transport and Infrastructure at the University College London, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. From 2010 she is the Director of the UCL Quantitative and Applied Spatial Economics Research (QASER) laboratory which specialises in applied economics and finance. Since 2012 she serves as economic adviser to the UK Ministry of Environment and Agriculture (Defra) and in 2014 at the Ministry of Finance (Her Majesty’s Treasury). She is Vice-President of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, House of Commons, UK and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Her research focuses on critical and social infrastructure investments, financial innovation and new technologies, supply chain and production efficiency analysis, land value finance, urban investments (smart cities). Her work is published in leading academic and practitioner journals. She has worked and works actively with the private and public sector such as for The European Investment Bank, The World Bank, UNESCO, UN-Habitat. She has held several grants from various research funds, such as two pertaining to the application of complexity analysis in the real world. At present, she is Co-Investigator in the £6.2m EPSRC Programme Grant “Liveable Cities” and the £5.8m grant “New Business for Infrastructure Investments”.