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Patricia Melo

Staff picture: Patricia Melo
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Honorary Associate
+44 (0)1224 395316

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Patricia Melo is an Honorary Associate of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) department at the James Hutton Institute. Patricia received her PhD (2010) and MSc (2006) at Imperial College London in regional economics and transport, and obtained her BSc in economics from the Technical University of Lisbon (2003).

The main focus of Patricia’s research is the spatial disparities in socio-economic performance. Work on socio-economic disparities has included the analysis of the effect of urban agglomeration economies and transport investment on regional development, the importance of proximity to urban areas to rural development, rural-urban interactions and city-region economies. Her research has also focused on the factors determining travel demand and sustainable transport, and commuting patterns.

Patricia has published research in top journals including Regional Science and Urban Economics, the Journal of Economic Geography, the Journal of Regional Science, Urban Studies, and Regional Studies. She has also written short general-readership pieces about her work; some examples are provided below:

Ongoing and recent research projects

Current research interests

  • Spatial disparities in socio-economic performance.
  • Agglomeration economies and economic productivity.
  • Transport investment and economic performance.
  • Rural-urban interdependencies.
  • Travel demand and travel mode choice.
  • Econometric analysis of panel data.


  • Colley, K.; Currie, M.; Hopkins, J.; Melo, P. (2016) Access to outdoor recreation by older people in Scotland, Report for Rural Communities Research, Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services (RESAS) Division, The Scottish Government. Social Research Series, 85pp
  • Melo, P.C.; Abdul-Salam, Y.; Roberts, D.; Gilbert, A.; Matthews, R.B.; Cohen, L.; Sebastien, M.; Gomez Y Paloma, S. (2015) Income elasticities of food demand in Africa: a meta-analysis., JRC Technical Report, EUR 27650 EN, Publications Office of the European Union.

  • Melo, P.C.; Abdul-Salam, Y.; Roberts, D.; Cohen, L.; Sebastien, M.; Gomez Y Paloma, S. (2016) Income growth and malnutrition in Africa: is there a need for region-specific policies?, 90th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society, University of Warwick, 4-6 April 2016.
  • Gavves, E.; Melo, P.; Graham, D.J. (2013) Fuel demand and road transport CO2 emissions: evidence for the greater Porto region., World Conference of Transport 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-18 July 2013.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.