Matthew Beck

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BEc(Hons) MPhil PhD Sydney
Associate Professor in Infrastructure Management

Room 213
H73 - 378 Abercrombie Street
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 1834
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Matthew has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Master of Philosophy (Marketing) and Doctor of Philosophy (Transport Economics) from the University of Sydney. He has diverse teaching experience, ranging from tutoring marketing subjects as an undergraduate, lecturing in, maintaining and managing the Discipline of Marketing as a postgraduate student. He teaches quantitative methods to Master of Management / CEMS students, the number one ranked Master of International Management program (Financial Times, 2009). He has recently moved into the area of infrastructure and has been leading the development of the infrastructure specialisation in ITLS. He has consulted extensively with government and private industry in developing the curriculum that is responsive to market needs. He teaches Decision Making for Mega-Projects and Infrastructure Financing.

Matthew’s research focus includes understanding decision making processes for infrastructure investment decisions, pricing of infrastructure assets (particularly road pricing), modelling the interactions of multiple decision makers, and the role of the built environment in route and residential choice. He is fundamentally interested in human decision making and choice behaviour. Matthew has published in many leading journals and actively consults across of range of industries. This practical experience combined with his innovative teaching methods make Matthew one of the consistently highest ranked lecturers in the Business School. He has held a range of leadership positions, but currently serves as the Program Director of the Master of Transport Management. In the rare periods when not working, you might find him working on his real objective; becoming the number one golfer in transportation and logistics.

Research Interests

Matthew is an expert in behavioural economics and modelling of stated choice experiments and choice analysis. These surveys and models are widely applied in many disciplines, such as in marketing, health economics, environmental economics, and transportation.

His focus is using choice methods to examine the choices of groups: household choice of automobiles; doctor, patient and family preferences in aged care; Board of Directors decision making in differing contexts, and residential location choices.

Matthew has also made methodological contributions with respect to methods to help ensure the internal and external validity of choice experiments by reducing hypothetical bias. Recent work has also examined the stability of preferences over time.

In an applied context he has written several papers on regional aviation and integrated services, on choices to travel in the context of terrorism and airline disasters. Matthew also researches infrastructure project decision making and has a research history in the area of sports marketing.

Selected publications


Journal Articles

Beck M, and Rose J (2019) Stated preference modelling of intra-household decisions: Can you more easily approximate the preference space? Transportation, In Press, 1-19. [More Information]

Merkert R, and Beck M (2019) Can a strategy of integrated air-bus services create a value proposition for regional aviation management? Transportation Research Part A, In Press.


Journal Article

Beck M, Rose J, and Merkert R (2018) Exploring Perceived Safety, Privacy, and Distrust on Air Travel Choice in the Context of Differing Passenger Screening Procedures Journal of Travel Research, 57 (4), 495-512. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Fayyaz M, Bliemer M, and Beck M (2018) Route choice behaviour in stated choice experiments with and without consequences 15th International Conference on Travel Behavior Research 2018; International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, Santa Barbara, United States, 15-20 July 2018.


Journal Articles

Arendts G, Jan S, Beck M, and Howard K (2017) Preferences for the emergency department or alternatives for older people in aged care: a discrete choice experiment Age and Ageing, 46 (1), 124-129. [More Information]

Beck M, Hess S, Ojeda Cabral M, and Dubernet I (2017) Valuing travel time savings: A case of short-term or long term choices? Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 100, 133-143. [More Information]

Beck M, Rose J, and Greaves S (2017) I can't believe your attitude: a joint estimation of best worst attitudes and electric vehicle choice Transportation, 44 (4), 753-772. [More Information]

Hensher D, Ho C, and Beck M (2017) A simplified and practical alternative way to recognise the role of household characteristics in determining an individual's preferences: the case of automobile choice Transportation, 44 (1), 225-240. [More Information]

Merkert R, and Beck M (2017) Value of travel time savings and willingness to pay for regional aviation Transportation Research Part A, 96, 29-42. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Fayyaz M, Bliemer M, and Beck M (2017) Investigating travel choice behaviour: A new approach using interactive experiments with driving simulators 16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2017); International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Sao Paulo.


Journal Articles

Beck M, and Hess S (2016) Willingness to accept longer commutes for better salaries: Understanding the differences within and between couples Transportation Research Part A, 91, 1-16. [More Information]

Beck M, and Rose J (2016) The best of times and the worst of times: A new best-worst measure of attitudes toward public transport experiences Transportation Research Part A, 86, 108-123. [More Information]

Beck M, Fifer S, and Rose J (2016) Can you ever be certain? Reducing hypothetical bias in stated choice experiments via respondent reported choice certainty Transportation Research Part B, 89, 149-167. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Beck M (2016) Understanding mega-infrastructure decisions Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World; Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, 407-431. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Beck M, and Hensher D (2015) Finding long-term solutions to financing 21st century infrastructure needs - a think piece Road and Transport Research, 24 (3), 57-61.

Rose J, Beck M, and Hensher D (2015) The joint estimation of respondent-reported certainty and acceptability with choice Transportation Research Part A, 71, 141-152. [More Information]


Journal Article

Hess S, Beck M, and Chorus C (2014) Contrasts Between Utility Maximisation and Regret Minimisation in the Presence of Opt Out Alternatives Transportation Research Part A, 66, 1-12. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Beck M, Chorus C, Rose J, and Hensher D (2013) Vehicle Purchasing Behaviour of Individuals and Groups: Regret or Reward? Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 47 (3), 475-492.

Beck M, Rose J, and Hensher D (2013) Environmental Attitudes and Emissions Charging: An Example of Policy Implications for Vehicle Choice Transportation Research Part A, 50, 171-182. [More Information]

Beck M, Rose J, and Hensher D (2013) Consistently inconsistent: The role of certainty, acceptability and scale in choice Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 56, 81-93. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Beck M, Rose J, and Hensher D (2012) The accuracy of proxy responses in a stated choice setting: A re-examination and some controversial conclusions Transportation Research Part A, 46 (1), 226-239. [More Information]

Hensher D, Rose J, and Beck M (2012) Are there specific design elements of choice experiments and types of people that influence choice response certainty? Journal of Choice Modelling, 5 (1), 77-97. [More Information]

Howard K, Arendts G, Jan S, and Beck M (2012) PROSpER: PReferences for the Organisation of acute health Services for oldER people: Protocol for a mixed methods study BMJ Open, 2 (2), 1-6. [More Information] [More Information]


Beck M (2012) Development of a behavioural system of stated choice models: modelling behavioural, pricing and technological opportunities to reduce automobile energy levels; The University of Sydney, Sydney.


Journal Articles

Beck M, Rose J, and Hensher D (2011) Behavioural Responses to Vehicle Emissions Charging Transportation, 38 (3), 445-463. [More Information]

Hensher D, Beck M, and Rose J (2011) Accounting for Preference and Scale Heterogeneity in Establishing Whether It Matters Who is Interviewed to Reveal Household Automobile Purchase Preferences Environmental and Resource Economics, 49 (1), 1-22. [More Information]

Recent Units Taught

  • ITLS6500 Decision Making on Mega Projects

  • ITLS6501 Infrastructure Financing

  • MMGT6012 Business Tools for Management

  • MMGT6688 The Future of Business

  • SMBA6003 Data Analytics and Modelling

Newsroom articles

  • Matthew Beck on triple j Hack 04 Jul 2017

    triple j Hack

    Matthew Beck was interviewed on triple j Hack about cycling.

  • Do more roads really mean less congestion for commuters? 27 Apr 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    Sydney Business Insights republished an article by Matthew Beck and Michiel Bliemer about congestion in major cities.

  • Can autonomous vehicles become sexy? 28 Mar 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    Sydney Business Insights republished an article by Matthew Beck about whether autonomous vehicles will be able to appeal to a wide audience.

  • Can autonomous vehicles become sexy? 28 Mar 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    Dr Matthew Beck authored an article for Sydney Business Connect, that was republished in Sydney Business Insights, about whether autonomous vehicles can become appealing to a mainstream audience.

  • This formula predicts how open cities are to ride-sharing 24 Mar 2017

    Mashable (US), Yahoo! (UK, India)

    Mashable (US) and Yahoo! (UK, India) quoted Dr Matthew Beck from the Institute of Transport and Logistics about a formula for predicting how open cities are to ride-sharing.

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