Research Group on 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 organization and structure of global supply chains heavily rely on the efficient functioning of transportation and logistical systems. Although transportation and logistics contribute to the socio-economic activities they consume significant resources, e.g. energy, space, and create substantial externalities.
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 provide huge opportunities for better understanding and managing transportation and logistical systems.
The Transportation & Logistics Research Group uses a problem-led interdisciplinary research approach to provide cutting-edge sustainable solutions leading to the continuous improvement of Transportation and Logistical systems. Our research interests cover a wide spectrum of issues associated with the organization, 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.
PhD Research Opportunities
Whilst the group is always willing to discuss the ideas of potential PhD students or external collaborators, there are also several ongoing research projects that you may want to get involved in. These are listed below. On the following pages further details of each project are given.
- Airport capacity management
- Car-sharing systems
- Decision support tools for environmentally and socially responsible selection of logistics service providers
- Developing and Solving Itinerary Planning Models in Large Scale Intermodal Freight Transport Networks
- Governance mechanisms in logistics outsourcing: Understanding the interplay of formal contracts and relational mechanisms
- Green vehicle routing
- Hazardous materials transportation
- Hierarchical forecasting for modelling transportation node attributes
- The interplay between forecasting models and optimisation for transportation
- Itinerary planning
- Modelling and Solving Vehicle Routing and Scheduling Problems with Environmental and Societal Considerations
- Models and Algorithms for Supporting Strategic Tactical and Operational Decisions for Station Based Electric Vehicle Sharing Systems
- Multi-objective bilevel optimization with applications in traffic assignment and road pricing policy
- Optimising Airport Slot Allocation Considering Network-Wide Interactions
- Performance-based contacting for freight transport and logistics services: Design of service pricing and incentive payment systems and their effects on performance.
If you are interested in a topic not listed above you should write a brief description of the topic and why it may be of interest to a potential supervisor, sending it to the group’s coordinator, listed at the bottom of this page.
Students working in Transport and Logistics can also draw on the expertise of additional staff associated with the Lancaster Centre for Transport and Logistics Research (CENTRAL). There are regular informal discussions and meetings where students can test out their ideas or discuss the latest research papers. The Centre supports students to get involved in research projects.
The academic member of staff associated with this research area are Professor Konstantinos G. Zografos (group coordinator), Dr Burak Boyaci, Professor Matthias Ehrgott, Professor Richard Eglese, Dr Michael Epitropakis, Dr Nikos Kourentzes, Professor Adam Letchford, Dr Guglielmo Lulli, Dr Kostas Selviaridis and Dr Jiang Yu.
Current and past PhD student members are listed here.
If you would like to apply for a PhD, please see our PhD admissions page.