Imperial College London

Dr Daniel Hörcher

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Associate







Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Daniel Hörcher is postdoctoral research associate at the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC) within the Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) at Imperial College London.

His research interests are centred around three themes.

  1. The economics of public transport supply. Microeconomic models of tariff structures and capacity provision, and optimisation; societal objectives with financial, equity-oriented, political constraints, and competition between governments. Understanding and quantifying the external social cost of public transport use in crowding. 
  2. Transport service provision in spatial general equilibrium. Understanding and quantifying wider economic impacts beyond traditional transport appraisal. Optimal transport provision under agglomeration economies and dynamic urban spatial structure. Transport appraisal in quantitative spatial models.
  3. Statistical analysis of large-scale automated transport data. Revealed preference discrete choice models for measuring user preferences. Causal inference methods for ex-post evaluation of interventions in the multimodal transport system.

Daniel is author of 23 peer-reviewed articles published in leading journals of transport research, spatial economics, and statistics.

He is Editor of the Handbook on Transport Pricing and Financing (Edward Elgar Publishing), a collection of 25 chapters on transport economics. Published in May 2023 with co-editors Alejandro Tirachini and Erik Verhoef.


He serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Economics and Policy (JTEP). Since 2022, Daniel has been member of the Executive and Scientific Committees of the International Transportation Economics Association.

In recent years Daniel Hörcher provided advice on transport policy (transport appraisal and fares policy) for public institutions in the UK, Australia and Hungary, and contributed to policy papers commissioned by the International Transport Forum at the OECD, and the International Growth Centre.

He gives lectures and tutorial sessions in the undergraduate civil engineering course Transport Demand and Economics (CIVE97017), and he is assistant supervisor of PhD candidates Tobie Cusson and Surabhi Ojha as well as undergraduate and MSc students.


Daniel graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BSc in Transport Engineering, supervisor: Professor Katalin Tánczos) and VU University Amsterdam (MSc in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics, supervisor: Professor Piet Rietveld). He joined Imperial College in August 2014 as a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Dan Graham and sponsored by the TSC, and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in October 2017. Daniel has a second affiliation with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.



Hörcher D, De Borger B, Graham DJ, 2023, Subsidised transport services in a fiscal federation: Why local governments may be against decentralised service provision, Economics of Transportation, Vol:34, ISSN:2212-0122, Pages:1-18

Singh R, Horcher D, Graham DJ, 2023, An evaluation framework for operational interventions on urban mass public transport during a pandemic, Scientific Reports, Vol:13, ISSN:2045-2322

Zimmo I, Hörcher D, Singh R, et al., 2023, Benchmarking Travel Time and Demand Prediction Methods Using Large-scale Metro Smart Card Data, Periodica Polytechnica Transportation Engineering, Vol:51, ISSN:0303-7800, Pages:357-374

Xuto P, Anderson RJ, Graham DJ, et al., 2023, Sustainable urban rail funding: Insights from a century-long global dataset, Transport Policy, Vol:130, ISSN:0967-070X, Pages:100-115

Zhang N, Graham DJ, Bansal P, et al., 2022, Detecting metro service disruptions via large-scale vehicle location data, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol:144, ISSN:0968-090X, Pages:1-19

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