University of British Columbia
Dr. Gillen graduated in 1975 from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D in Economics. He currently holds the positions of YVR Professor of Transportation Policy in the Sauder School of Business and Director Centre for Transportation Studies, University of British Columbia. In addition he is a Research Economist at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gillen has published over 100 books, technical reports, journal papers, conference presentations, and other articles in various areas of transportation economics, including airline competition and industry structure, airport economics and noise externalities, and transportation policy in Canada and the United States. His current research includes evaluating investment in Intelligent Transportation Systems, pricing and auction mechanisms roadways and runways, the impact of taxation and user charges on firm competitiveness, differing rules and mechanisms for allocating revenues and costs across different users, measuring performance of transportation infrastructure, vertical contracts in aviation and evolving strategies and business models in airlines and airports. In addition he has served as a consultant in various areas of transportation economics to a variety of firms and agencies in Canada, US, New Zealand, Ghana, Hamburg, Germany, UK, Ireland and Thailand. He has also undertaken work on behalf of Hamburg Airport, Pearson International Airport, Edmonton Air Services Authority, Airports Council International, WestJet, Air Canada and Ghana Airways. He served as special advisor on aviation policy to Transport Minister Lloyd Axworthy in the early 1980’s. From 1992 to 1994 he served as special research advisor to the Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation. He has and continues to provide consulting to Transport Canada in the area of aviation policy both domestic and international. He has also been actively involved in advising Transport Canada and airports on the privatization process and the application of current management strategies to modern airport management. He led the airport research on pricing and investment for the Canadian Transportation Act Review Committee in 2001.