Professor Zheng Lei
Zheng is the Chair of the Department of Aviation within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. Prior to this appointment he was the Director of Centre for Aviation Research at the University of Surrey. Earlier, he was a Lecturer at Cranfield University.
Zheng holds a PhD in Air Transport and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey. He has research expertise in airline business models, air transport market analysis, air transport regulation and policy analysis, as well as aviation and regional competitiveness. A distinctive feature of his research is its real-world impact and industry focus. Zheng advises senior executives at airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers, aviation service providers, and civil aviation authorities around the world on strategic issues through research, consultancy and executive development programs.
Zheng is the founder and President of the Institute for Aviation Research, an independent think tank dedicated to aviation research with a particular focus on China. He also serves as a Visiting Professor to Civil Aviation University of China.
airline business models, air transport market analysis, air transport regulation and policy analysis, aviation and regional competitiveness
PhD candidate and honours supervision
Higher degrees by research
Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.
Aviation Policy;Aviation Strategy
Also published as: Lei, Zheng; Lei, Z.
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Recent research grants awarded
- 2022: CASA Alternative Fuels SOR 21-236 (RFQ) *; Civil Aviation Safety Authority
* Chief Investigator
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