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Centre for Transport and Logistics (CENTRAL)

Where world-leading researchers collaborate to provide cutting-edge solutions in the area of transport and logistics.

Welcome to the Centre for Transport and Logistics (CENTRAL), one of Lancaster University Management School’s research centres. We work with colleagues across the University and with a network of international researchers and students on CENTRAL’s world-leading research portfolio.

Our work focuses on finding new, sustainable solutions to supply chain and transport and logistics problems for companies, organisations, NGOs and policymakers around the world. Our research centre is making significant contributions to improving the movement of people and goods globally.

Real-world problems are increasingly complex and challenging so we are committed to an inter-disciplinary approach. The result is cutting-edge solutions that help organisations and societies to thrive. They include improving capacity and reducing delays at airports, increasing urban mobility through car-sharing, advancing urban goods distribution, and bettering community resilience and response to natural disasters.

We use predictive, descriptive and prescriptive analytics to improve the performance of transportation and logistical systems. Our approach provides huge opportunities for understanding and managing such systems.

Some of our research attracts funding from a range of public and private sources. Recently, this has included funding from the EU, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and private funding (from Rolls-Royce as part of the pioneering STOR-i doctoral training programme).

Our Mission

We address problems in four areas: aviation and air transport; freight transport logistics; public and shared transport systems; and, emergency response logistics. We work closely with industry stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, policymakers, businesses and other academics to provide insights and solutions that support critical decision-making.

Research Themes

Research Projects

News and Events

Discover the latest updates including our latest research papers, news, events and blogs. For our activities to date, please visit our Events Archive.