Franziska Kupfer

Doctor assistent


Franziska Kupfer (°1982, Rostock, Germany) is assistant professor and academic director of C-MAT, the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (, as well as post-doc researcher at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. In her position as a post-doc/assistant professor she is responsible for (co-)teaching different courses on air transport, airport management, transport economics and transport policy. Her research interests include air transport and airport economics as well as general transport economics. In the past she was involved in a number of air transport related projects such as EDUCAIR (FP7, 2011-2013) and Air transport in the EU: current situation and trends (European Parliament, 2014). Franziska obtained her PhD on the airport choice for scheduled freighter operations in Europe at the University of Antwerp in 2012 and her master’s degree in 2007. From 2013 to 2015 she was also the programme coordinator of the Advanced Master in Maritime Sciences and Master in Sea and Transport Law (taught in Dutch), which she now co-coordinates.

Please find my full CV here.

Please find my PhD here.

Research interests

 Air Transport Economics, especially topics focussing on air cargo and airports, as well as general transport economics.

Research papers available online

(For other research please see full CV and Academic bibliography)

Kupfer, F. (2013), De luchthavenkeuze voor vrachtvervoer met vrachtvliegtuigen: lessen uit interviews met luchtvaartmaatschappijen. In: Tijdschrift Vervoerswetenschappen, ISSN: 1571-9227, Vol. 49, No. 2, p.13-28.

Kupfer, F. (2012), The airport choice for scheduled freighter operations in Europe, ISBN 978-90-8994-061-2 - Antwerpen: Universiteit Antwerpen, Faculteit Toegepaste Economische Wetenschappen, 2012. 175 p.

Kupfer, F., Meersman, H., Onghena, E. and Van de Voorde, E. (2011), Air Freight and Merchandise Trade: Towards a Disaggregated Analysis. In: Journal of Air Transport Studies, ISSN: 1791-6771, Vol.2, No.2, p.28-48.

Kupfer, F., Meersman, H., Pauwels, T., Struyf, E., Van de Voorde, E. en Vanelslander, T. (2011), Economische regulering van luchthavens: de gevalstudie Brussels Airport Company. In: TPEdigitaal, ISSN: 1875-8797, Vol. 5, No.3, p.40-58.

Kupfer, F., Lagneaux, F. (2009), Assessing the Economic Importance of Airports and the Air Transport Cluster in Belgium, in: Aerlines, 2009, no.44.

Kupfer, F., Lagneaux, F. (2009), Economic Importance of Air Transport and Airport Activities in Belgium, NBB, Working Paper No. 158, Brussels.

Kupfer, F., Meersman, H., Onghena, E., Van de Voorde, E. (2009), Air Cargo: The Difference Between Success and Failure?, European Transport Conference 2009, Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, 05.-07.10.2009

Kupfer, F. (2008), Airports on artificial islands: A solution for noise and capacity problems of traditional contemporary airports?, G.A.R.S. Junior Researchers’ Workshop, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, July 3rd and 4th 2008.

Garcia, C., Levy, S., Limão, S., Kupfer, F. (2008), Correlation between Transport Intensity and GDP in European Regions: a New Approach, 8th Swiss Transport Research Conference, Monte Verità / Ascona, October 15-17, 2008.