Dr Selena Sheng


Dr Sheng is a Research Fellow in the Energy Centre at the University of Auckland Business School. She is specialised in the field of applied economics/econometrics and advanced data analysis. Her ongoing research interests include climate change issues, carbon emissions reduction, economic evaluations of emerging technologies in transportation systems and policy appraisals for the faster uptake of alternative fuel vehicles.

Research | Current

Assessment of transport emissions, fossil fuel consumption and economic performance in New Zealand;  Economic modelling and policy anaylsis of future transport infrastructure for electric vehicles; Experimental study of congestion pricing scheme; Transport mode choice modelling and social networks effect.

Teaching | Current

CIVIL770, Transport System Economics (Postgraduate)


  • New Zealand government MBIE Endeavour Fund project on the development of robust inductive power transfer pavement systems for electric vehicles. Associate Investigator for economic aspects (multidisciplinary team under the lead of Professors Grant Covic) NZD$11.83 million, 2017 - 2022.
  • University of Auckland – Business and Economics Faculty Research Development Fund on project entitled Experimental Study of Congestion Pricing and the Role of Public Information. Principle Investigator (with Dr Addison Pan) NZD$16,675, 2018 – 2020.
  • University of Auckland – Business and Economics Strategic Cross-departmental Research Initiative Awards on project entitled King of the [sand] castle: Coastal hazards and property values, funded by the University of Auckland Foundation. Associate Investigator (with Dr Olga Filippova and Dr Michael Rehm) NZD$11,120, 2018 – 2020.
  • New Zealand government MBIE Targeted Portfolio on Energy and Minerals research grant on aggregates. Joined in 2017 as associate Investigator for economic analysis of aggregates (multidisciplinary team under the lead of Dr Douglas Wilson) NZD$1.15 million, 2014 - 2019. 
  • Best Presentation Award, the 20th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Economics and Technology in Tokyo, Japan, 2018.


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member of New Zealand Association of Economists
  • Member of the Economic Society of Australia
  • Member (lifetime) of International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Member of Engineering New Zealand, Technical Group
  • Member of Ministry of Transport’s Transport Knowledge Hub

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 679
New Zealand