Dr Cameron Gordon

Personal profile

Researcher's projects


Urban transport economics: an historical and institutional approach. (sole-authored book forthcoming from Taylor & Francis 2024)

Identifying Colonial Roads in Southern New Jersey: An application of remote sensing, field and archival methods to document the locations, condition and routes of critical American Revolutionary War supply chains (co-authored journal article forthcoming in July 2023 Transportation Research Record).

Transitioning to hydrogen vehicles in Canberra regional freight transport (part of a funded research team under the auspices of the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions commencing late 2023).

Recently completed:

  1. Gordon, C. (2023). Many possible worlds: An interdisciplinary history of the world economy since 1800 (book) (Palgrave Macmillan). https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-1
  2. Peters, J., Gordon, C. & Flanagan, R. (2022). The Road to Equitable Transportation Policy in New Jersey: An Assessment of Cost Burdens, Gaps in Mobility and Recommendation. A REPORT FOR THE GARDEN STATE INITIATIVE9-9281-0. https://www.bls.gov/cex/research_papers/pdf/peters-gordon-flanagan-equitable-transportation-policy-nj.pdfs for Reform.
  3. Gordon, C., Flanagan, R. & Peters, G. (2021). Projects Not Systems: Why New York Doesn’t Have a RIGO. Urban Affairs Review - special issue on Americal Regionalism. https://www.urbanaffairsreview.com/uar-archive/projects-not-systems-why-new-york-doesnt-have-a-rigo
  4. Gordon, C. (2018).  Economic Benefits of Active Transportation in Larouche, R. (ed.), Children's Active Transportation (Elsevier: New York, NY).
  5. Gordon, C. (2017). Carbarism: Civilising the Automobile. World Transport Policy andPractice 23 (1), 27-39.



I have extensive experience in policy, economics, project and program evaluation and international business, both inside and outside of academia, and in research and teaching. I have a particular focus in interdisciplinary approaches to economic history and how to apply historical findings to contemporary issues; the management and financing of large infrastructure projects, especially Public Private Partnerships (PPPs); the economics of urban passenger and freight transport; and resilience and sustainability in infrastructure and transport systems.  I hold a PhD in economics and have an ongoing concurrent appointment as a Principal Investigator with the Social Policy Simulation Center of the City University of New York.


I have held prior faculty appointments in Economics (with the Australian National University Research School of Economics and the Faculty of Business, Government and Law of the University of Canberra); Management (with the Australian National University Research School of Management); Finance (with the University of Canberra and the City University of New York); and in Public Administration (with the University of Southern California).  I have also held visiting appointments with the University of Sydney, Institute of Transport and Logistics (ITLS) (at the Professor level); Imperial College of London, Centre for Transport Studies (CTS) (also at the Professor level); the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT) (as a Visiting Fellow); and the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH) within the University of Canberra Faculty of Health (as an Associate Professor). I have been a member of program committees for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) (part of the US National Academy of Sciences – National Research Council) for over 25 years. 


Before my academic career, I had a long public service career which included work for the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation; the U.S. Department of Defense – US Army Corps of Engineers; the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; the US National Academy of Sciences – Board of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment; and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply and Municipal Water Finance Authority.


PhD, Economics, City University of New York Graduate Center 1994

Research interests

- Interdisciplinary policy and economic history

- Urban transport and infrastructure

- Human behavioural and cognitive dimensions of organisational governance

- Economic evaluation of the public health impacts of the built environment and transport systems


Expertise Areas

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • Economic History
  • Transport Economics
  • Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Economic Development Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Business Ethics
  • History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation