Eleni Bardaka

Assistant Professor

Dr. Eleni Bardaka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at NCSU. She is primarily associated with the Transportation Systems group within the CCEE Department and is interested in transportation planning and economics research. Dr. Bardaka currently teaches CE 297 – Introduction to Sustainable Infrastructure and CE 401/501 – Transportation Systems Analysis.


Ph.D. 2016

Civil Engineering

Purdue University

M.S. 2014


Purdue University

M.S. 2012

Civil Engineering

Purdue University

B.S. 2010

Civil Engineering

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Research Description

Dr. Bardaka is interested in the relationship between the spatial patterns of urban development and transportation interventions. She mainly focuses on urban phenomena such as gentrification, segregation, and displacement and on how they relate to transportation investments and policies. She is currently studying the socioeconomic impacts of urban rail, including the gentrification and economic displacement of lower-income households, as well as affordable housing schemes close to transit systems. In her research, she uses spatial econometric analysis and quasi-experimental methods to test if there is a causal link between a transportation intervention and a socioeconomic outcome. She also supports state agencies with research related to highway-induced local and regional economic development, cost-benefit analysis of different projects (such public-private partnerships and toll roads), and evaluation of alternative revenue sources.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper by a Junior Researcher Award at the Annual Conference of the International Transportation Economics Association for the paper "Causal identification of gentrification and local spatial spillover effects of urban rail infrastructure", 2017


Analysis of travel characteristics and access mode choice of elderly urban rail riders in Denver, Colorado
Liu, C., Bardaka, E., Palakurthy, R., & Tung, L.-W. (2020), Travel Behaviour and Society, 19, 194–206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2019.11.004
Analysis of travel characteristics and access mode choice of elderly urban rail riders in Denver, Colorado
Liu, C., Bardaka, E., Palakurthy, R., & Tung, L.-W. (2020), TRAVEL BEHAVIOUR AND SOCIETY, 19, 194–206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2020.11.004
Preliminary Study on Transit-Induced Residential Gentrification in Nagoya, Japan
Wang, L., Jiang, M., Miwa, T., Bardaka, E., & Morikawa, T. (2019), Journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, 13.
A spatial multiple treatment/multiple outcome difference-in-differences model with an application to urban rail infrastructure and gentrification
Bardaka, E., Delgado, M. S., & Florax, R. J. G. M. (2019), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART A-POLICY AND PRACTICE, 121, 325–345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2019.01.028
Comparing the travel behavior of affordable and market-rate housing residents in the transit-rich neighborhoods of Denver, CO
Bardaka, E., & Hersey, J. (2019), Travel Behaviour and Society, 15, 74–87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2019.01.001
Causal identification of transit-induced gentrification and spatial spillover effects: The case of the Denver light rail
Bardaka, E., Delgado, M. S., & Florax, R. J. G. M. (2018), Journal of Transport Geography, 71, 15–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.06.025
Tools for the wider economic impact assessment of corridor improvements: Lessons learned from the FHWA implementation assistance program in Indiana
Chacon-Hurtado, D., Bardaka, E., Yang, R., Gkritza, K., & Fricker, J. D. (2017), Journal of Transportation Engineering Part A: Systems, 143(5). https://doi.org/10.1061/jtepbs.0000051
Assessing the socioeconomic effects of transit rail development: An exploration of displacement and gentrification
Bardaka, E., Pyrialakou, D., & Gkritza, K. (2016), 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
EconWorks tools for assessing the wider economic benefits of transportation implementation assistance
Hurtado, D. C., Yang, R., Bardaka, E., Gkritza, K., & Fricker, J. (2016), In Technical Report. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284316553
Statistical assessment of the cost effectiveness of highway pavement warranty contracts
Bardaka, E., Zhang, Z., Labi, S., Sinha, K. C., & Mannering, F. (2016), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 22(3). https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)is.1943-555x.0000299

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NCDOT University Transportation Center of Excellence on Mobility and Congestion
NC Department of Transportation(2/01/20 - 7/31/22)
STRIDE: Emerging Mobility Services for the Transportation Disadvantaged
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(11/01/19 - 12/31/20)
Economic Impacts of Transit Investments, Social Challenges, and Strategies for Sustaining High Ridership
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 7/31/21)
Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Major Beltway Project Impacts on Surrounding Property Values in North Carolina & Technology Transfer of the Results
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/19 - 5/31/19)
STRIDE-Changing Access to Public Transportation and the Potential for Increased Travel
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(8/01/18 - 3/31/20)
Impacts of Autonomous Vehicle Technology on Transportation Systems
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/21)
North Carolina State Highway Cost Allocation and Revenue Attribution Study
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/21)
Analysis and Validation of Historical Transportation Investment
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/16 - 7/31/18)