Dr. Valerio Benedetto

Research Associate

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB227

+44 (0) 1772 89 4581

Subject Areas: Health, Economics

Valerio Benedetto is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and his research focuses on Health Economics and Medical Statistics.

He completed a PhD in Transport Economics and Regulation at the University of Leeds in 2016. His qualifications include Master’s degrees in Economics at the universities of York (2012) and Ferrara (2010).

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Valerio is part of the Research Support Team (RST) and works on health-related projects, focusing on economic and statistical analysis. His educational background is mainly in Economics and Statistics, with a specialisation in Transport Economics and Regulation.


  • 2012-2016 – PhD Transport Economics and Regulation - Thesis: The impacts of regulatory structures on the efficiency of European railway systems, University of Leeds, UK.
  • 2010-2012 – MSc Economics, University of York, UK.
  • 2007-2010 – Master Degree in Applied Economics and Economic Policies, University of Ferrara, Italy.
  • 2004-2007 – Undergraduate Degree in Economics & Accounting, University of Bologna, Italy.

Research Groups:

  • Research Support Team


Nash, C.A., Benedetto, V. and Smith, A.S.J. (2017), Rail Regulation. In: Cowie, J. and Ison, S. ed. The Routledge Handbook of Transport Economics. Routledge, Chapter 8.

Benedetto, V., Smith, A.S.J. and Nash, C.A. (2017), Evaluating the roles and powers of rail regulatory bodies in Europe: A survey-based approach. Transport Policy. 59, pp. 116-123.

Benedetto, V., Lightbody, C.E, Chesworth, B., Bangee, M., Leathley, M.J., Price, C., Sutton, C.J. and Watkins, C.L. (2016), Factors affecting thrombolysis in acute stroke: longer door-to-needle (DTN) time in younger people? International Journal of Stroke. 11(4S), p. 31.

Watkins, C.L., Jones, S.P., Gibson, J.M.E., Hurley, M., Auton, M., Leathley, M.J., Sutton, C.J., Bangee, M., Benedetto, V., Chesworth, B., Miller, C., O’Shea, D., Quinn, T., Mackway-Jones, K.C., Curran, A., Siriwardena, A.N., Davis, D., Price, C., Dewitt, D., Barron, T. and Fox, P. (2016), Improving Cardiac Arrest Recognition and Effectiveness (ICARE). Final report to the Department of Health.

Benedetto, V. (2016), The impacts of regulatory structures on the efficiency of European railway systems. PhD Thesis, University of Leeds.

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Teaching Activities

“Summary Statistics for Health Care Professionals” (2017), delivered to LTHTR and CLAHRC interns, and LTHTR, ELHT and BFWH NHS Trusts.

Research Activities

  • Design and plan of the economic components within health research projects.
  • Development of economic and statistical analyses.
  • Preparation of bids for research funding.


  • The Holistic Needs Assessment in Cancer Care: Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation.
  • EvAC: Evaluation of two Accelerated Children’s Nursing Programmes.
  • Motivational Interviewing - Chester case study.
  • Exergames: A multi-centre, cluster randomised controlled trial comparing falls prevention with remote monitoring against standard falls prevention programmes for community dwelling older adults at risk of falls.
  • ICARE: Improving Cardiac Arrest Recognition and Effectiveness.
  • ASTUTE: Acute Stroke Telemedicine: Utility, Training and Evaluation.


  • 11th UK Stroke Forum Conference (2016), Liverpool, UK. Poster co-author and presenter.
  • Thredbo 14 Conference - International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (2015), Santiago, Chile. Paper co-author.
  • 4th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, Florence School of Regulation, San Domenico di Fiesole (Florence), Italy. Paper co-author and presenter.
  • Young Economists' Meeting (2015), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Paper co-author and presenter.
  • 4th White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Economics Conference (2015), University of Leeds, UK. Paper co-author and presenter.