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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.

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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

  • OR-MASTER

    Improving airport capacity utilisation

  • OptiFrame

    An optimisation framework for trajectory based operations

  • OPTRAK

    Providing end-to-end vehicle routing and route optimisation software

  • RESPOND-OR

    Emergency response for large scale disaster

  • CREST-OR

    Developing capacity in Operational Research for universities in South East Asia

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.

People

Centre Director

Konstantinos Zografos

Professor Konstantinos Zografos

Distinguished Professor

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK , DSI - Foundations, Intelligent Transport, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resource (OR-MASTER), Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Members

Alp Arslan

Dr Alp Arslan

International Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Optimisation, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Burak Boyaci

Dr Burak Boyaci

Senior Lecturer in Management Science

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK , DSI - Foundations, Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 521900 B058a, B - Floor, Management School
Monika Buscher

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Alternatives to Social and Economic Inequalities, Centre for Science Studies, Evaluation, Imagination Lancaster, Institute for Social Futures Fellow, Mobilities.Lab, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Law,Policy,Ethics), Security Lancaster (Sociology)

Trivikram Dokka Venkata Satyanarayana

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Foundations, Health Systems, Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

B058, B - Floor, Management School
Richard Eglese

Professor Richard Eglese

Emeritus Professor

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Health Systems, Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

A - Floor, Management School
Matthias Ehrgott

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Foundations, Health Systems, Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593888 A046, A - Floor, Management School
Jamie Fairbrother

Dr Jamie Fairbrother

Lecturer in Operational Research (Optimisation)

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resource (OR-MASTER), STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Kevin Glazebrook

Professor Kevin Glazebrook

Distinguished Professor in Operations Research, Professor Emeritus

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Foundations, Gulf One Lancaster Centre for Economic Research, Optimisation, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 592697 A047, A - Floor, Management School
Ahmed Kheiri

Dr Ahmed Kheiri

Senior Lecturer in Management Science (Operations Research)

Centre for Health Futures, Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Foundations, DSI - Health, Fundamentals of IRAS, Health Systems, Intelligent Transport, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

B061, B - Floor, Management School
Adam Letchford

Professor Adam Letchford

Professor of Analytics and Optimisation

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Foundations, Optimisation, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 594719 B059, B - Floor, Management School
Xishu Li

Dr Xishu Li

Lecturer in Management Science

Centre for Marketing Analytics & Forecasting, Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 521896 A062, A - Floor, Management School
Guglielmo Lulli

Professor Guglielmo Lulli

Professor in Network Analytics

Centre for Health Futures, Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK , DSI - Foundations, Optimisation

Allahyar Montazeri

Advanced Manufacturing, Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Nuclear, Nuclear and Decommissioning

A039, A - Floor, Science and Technology
Lucy Morgan

Dr Lucy Morgan

Visiting Researcher

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Foundations, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Stefanos Mouzas

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Networks, Knowledge and Strategy

Elizabeth Mullis

Elizabeth Mullis

Partnerships and Business Engagement Manager

Keivan Navaie

Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, SCC (Communication Systems), Security and Defence

+44 (0)7776 362160 B24, B - Floor, Infolab
Aleksandr Pirogov

Aleksandr Pirogov

Research Associate (RESPOND -OR)

Kostas Selviaridis

Dr Kostas Selviaridis

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Health Futures, Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK , Health Systems, Pentland Centre, Supply Chain Management

Robert Shone

Dr Robert Shone

Lecturer in Operational Research

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Simulation and Stochastic Modelling, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Juliana Sutanto

Centre for Health Futures, Centre for Technological Futures , Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), DSI - Society, Information Systems

A064, A - Floor, Management School

PhD Students

Seyma Bekli

Seyma Bekli

PhD student

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL)

Thu Dang

Thu Dang

Lecturer in Management Science

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Ke Fang

Ke Fang

PhD student

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Optimisation, Simulation and Stochastic Modelling

Theodoti Kerama

Theodoti Kerama

PhD student, Associate Lecturer

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Optimisation

Jing Lyu

Jing Lyu

PhD student

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), Optimisation

Qorib Munajat

Qorib Munajat

PhD student

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL)

Matthew Randall

Matthew Randall

PhD student

Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL), STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Visiting Research Fellows