Contact Dr Darren Ellis

Areas of expertise

  • Aviation Management & Operations


Darren Ellis received a PhD in strategic airline management from the University of New England (UNE) Business School, Armidale, NSW, Australia in 2017. His thesis investigated the likely future trajectory of the global airline industry based on a five stage mixed methods Delphi study. In 2011 he completed a Master of Aviation Management through Griffith University, with a final thesis which looked at the global ascendancy of the three major Gulf carriers - Emirates, Etihad and Qatar. 

Prior to this, he completed a number of postgraduate degrees in International Relations, International Security Studies, Management (in Leadership) and Education. Darren completed a Bachelor of Arts (History) in 1999. He has worked in the Australian Public Service in Canberra, taught undergraduate and MBA students at UNE, taught English in Japan, supervised aviation Masters students via Griffith University, taught undergraduate aviation students at the University of South Australia, taught and marketed tertiary aviation courses in Hong Kong, as well as in Oman, Slovakia and Singapore. Darren has disseminated his work and research at academic conferences in India, Italy, UAE (Dubai), Singapore, The Netherlands, Hungary, Malta and Slovakia, and as a guest speaker at a corporate summit in Portugal.  

Darren is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS), along with being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).       

Current activities

Darren Ellis is experienced in the design, development and application of the Delphi method in air transport research. He continues to focus on Delphi-based interdisciplinary air transport research located at the nexus between strategic management, transport geography and international aviation law. Darren is particularly interested in the contemporary relevance and future prospects for the 1944 Chicago Convention, and for the international bilateral system of traffic rights, including the likelihood of multilateralism gaining momentum over time. Together with this, he is interested in and focused on emerging air markets.    


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Ellis D Entrepreneurial skill development: harnessing experience while building formal knowledge and qualifications in business. In: Pan-Commonwealth Forum 6, Kochi, 24-28 November 2010.
  • Ellis D Global airline cooperation: equity stakes, strategic partnerships and alliance membership. In: 3rd International Aviation Management Conference, Dubai, 23-24 November 2016.