economic analysis AND POLICY ADVICE



Our core mission is to improve decision making by bringing the insights of modern economic analysis to the decisions being taken every day about infrastructure investment and development.

Focusing on technology, transport and space, we provide professional advisory services, drawing on the tools of economics to help our clients with economic analysis, policy advice, and planning.


Clarity: We communicate clearly whether presenting complex academic arguments or summary findings.
We care about the challenges faced by our clients and are energetic and flexible in working for solutions.
Honesty: We provide clear and truthful advice and are honest in all our dealings.
Rigour: We employ the most robust and rigorous analysis that is appropriate to our brief and recognise when technical shortcomings are unavoidable.
Respect: We respect individuals, whether clients, competitors, collaborators or others and recognise that different views, experiences and approaches can help our clients towards better solutions.

Dominic Walley, Director, Connected Economics


Dominic Walley is founder and director of Connected Economics and your first point of contact. Prior to founding Connected Economics in 2011, Dominic was an associate director at KPMG’s infrastructure strategy team in London, and before this he led the transport economics and planning team at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), and consulted in the business strategy and finance team at Steer.

We work with associates across the professional services sector, building teams where necessary to deliver complex projects. We would love to hear from you.

“a pleasure to work with – proving flexible in the face of a challenging brief, bringing deep and varied expertise and lots of new ideas to the table, and working seamlessly together and with our team to make the project assignment a success.”





The global population is swelling towards 10 billion and continuing to migrate towards cities and developed regions. Meanwhile, technology and social change are shifting the patterns of how and where we live. Driving up productivity and quality of life in the face of these pressures will be the greatest challenge of this century.

More immediately and closer to home, rising consumer expectations from technology and infrastructure are being met by innovation and creativity.

Tools of economics

Faced with these challenges, we need to be more thoughtful about how we invest to nurture the economy now and support it in the future.

Whether investing in national or international infrastructure, nurturing developing clusters of innovation, or understanding impacts in your community, we draw on the insights and tools of economics to support you to meet your goals.


Transport gets us around but it also shapes our world.  When transport changes, some people change their route or mode of travel, or when they travel.  For some the changes are more profound.  They do new things, take new jobs or move to new place.  Connectivity shapes communities, labour markets and business clusters.

These behaviours need to be understood: by transport providers to offer services that people want and to maximise revenue; by planners to get the most from public investments; and by communities to drive up quality of life.

Connected Economics is at the forefront of modelling, analysis and appraisal in transport.  We support national government, infrastructure operators, local government, and transport operators with research, policy advice, spatial economic modelling, writing guidance, peer review and expert witness testimony. Get in touch to talk to us about your transport and spatial development challenges.  We’re here to help.


Space provides services that we use everyday from GPS to weather forecasts and countless others which are often invisible to us.  As applications multiply, the industry is transforming.  An agile and creative New Space sector is emerging with a cooperative, can-do attitude.

To support this, the UK is positioning itself in the vanguard of the New Space revolution.  The National Space Strategy enjoys wide support and is helping to shape industry development all the way from hardware and launch through the supply chain to space derived services.

At Connected Economics, we are specialists in the economics of space.  We help businesses to develop investment plans and help the public sector develop strategies to nurture the industry.  Our recent work has included business plans for spaceports, analysis of global space clusters and what makes them tick, analysis of the UK space supply chain, and an assessment of how spaceports and space clusters interact with wider spatial policy. We are proud members of the Cornwall Space Cluster and Dominic is a member of the Space Professionals network.

If you have a policy conundrum, a market that you want to understand better, or any other aspect of space where you think the tools of economics could help, we would love to hear from you.

“Connected Economics exceeded our expectations. Their work was thorough and insightful.”



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