Richard Anderson is the Managing Director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre at Imperial College London, an applied and academic research division within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He co-directs a growing, multi-disciplinary team, of over 30 researchers, practitioners and consultants, specialising in transport performance and analytics, mass transport in cities, international benchmarking and public transport management.
Richard leads the Centre’s initiatives in international benchmarking, currently serving over 100 metros, railways, urban bus, light rail, airports and transport authorities globally, sustaining an annual income of over £3 million. The RTSC's research has been acclaimed by the transport industry and was included by Imperial as an 'Impact Case Study' for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and rated as achieving "Outstanding impacts in terms of reach and significance." In 2015, the Imperial College London President's Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship was awarded to Richard Anderson, Professor Daniel Graham and the RTSC. Richard has contributed to the Centre’s publications in high impact journals, authors many reports to industry, and is responsible for all applied research for industry clients.
Since assuming the role of Managing Director in 2009, Richard has delivered a three-fold expansion of the RTSC’s scope and activities to include the growing metros of Asia and to establish new benchmarking consortia for urban bus, suburban rail, light rail and airport operations. Under his direction, the RTSC has secured recognition as the pre-eminent centre for international transport benchmarking and, more generally, eminence in research and strategic advice for urban mass transport.
Richard has a unique, global knowledge of urban public transport operations and is a specialist in international benchmarking and mass transit. He provides advice to the leaders of major urban railways worldwide. He combines an understanding of the commercial imperatives facing transport systems with academically rigorous research and analysis. He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, including those recently hosted by the OECD International Transport Forum and the Indian Ministry of Urban Development.
Prior to joining the RTSC, Richard was employed by consultants Halcrow Fox until 2000, working on the planning of major rail projects and including a two-year secondment to London Transport Planning. He graduated in 1994 with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and obtained an MSc in Transport from Imperial College in 1995.