Staff Profile

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Professor David Warnock-Smith


In my role as Head of Research and Enterprise in the School of Aviation and Security, I am responsible for delivering on the School’s goals related to the development of impactful research. I represent the School in the R&E area at University level and help colleagues increase the amount of research that goes into the curriculum, which as a research-informed University, is of critical importance for enhanced student learning.

I have had a varied professional background in airport handling, rail operational planning and tourism management (accommodation). I'm also an air transport adviser, trainer and consultant having completed assignments with, among others, the Caribbean Development Bank, Etihad Airways, IATA and the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO).

My main research interests revolve around air transport and long-distance transportation networks and access along with air transport economics, strategy, management, operations, planning and skills. Developments in airport surface access sustainability strategies, airline ancillary revenues and incumbent carrier strategies in deregulated markets are some examples of recent research.

I hold a PhD in Air Transport Economics from Cranfield University, I am an ACI Economics Committee member and am also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCILT). I have worked closely with Heathrow Airport on the development of the Heathrow Skills Partnership, a new initiative aimed at creating a lasting skills legacy among Team Heathrow employers in partnership with HE and FE providers including BNU and I also represent BNU as a member of the Oxford-Cambridge ARC region Sustainable Aviation group.

View my Research Repository.

Job Title
  • Professor in Aviation and Transport Management
  • Head of Research and Enterprise in School of Aviation and Security