About the Centre for Transport and Logistics

Transportation and logistics systems are of vital importance for the efficient functioning of the socio-economic activities of any modern society. The organisation and structure of global supply chains rely heavily on the efficient functioning of these systems. Although transportation and logistics contribute to socio-economic activities, they also consume significant resources, e.g. energy, space. 


Advances in information and communication technologies make possible the acquisition, transmission, and processing of big data that can track, monitor, and manage transportation and logistics assets around the globe. The availability of big data, coupled with predictive, descriptive, and prescriptive analytics, and the capabilities of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provide huge opportunities for better understanding and managing transportation and logistical systems. 

CENTRAL, which sits within the Department of Management Science, uses an interdisciplinary research approach to provide cutting-edge sustainable solutions. Our research interests cover a wide spectrum of issues associated with the organisation, planning, design, operation, and control of transportation and logistical systems. Currently, our research activities focus on airport and air traffic management, hazardous materials transportation, demand responsive transport systems, multimodal itinerary planning, emergency response and humanitarian logistics, green and city logistics, and project management. 

We aim to develop strong ties with all stakeholders involved in, and affected by, the development and operation of transportation and logistics systems (e.g. companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations), and promote international research cooperation.