Research Projects

Members of the theme are engaged in a variety of research projects exploring the issues and challenges around logistics, supply chain management and sustainable transportation.


Reverse Logistics

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Our focus is specifically on the management of customer returns and the associated activities throughout the whole supply chain. Our objectives are to enhance both profitability and customer service through the supply chain. (2014 - present)

Staff involved: Dr Erica Ballantyne

MoVE – Mobilising Volunteers Effectively

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Mobilising Volunteers Effectively during the COVID-19 global pandemic. (June 2020 - present)

Staff involved: Dr Jon Burchell | Dr Erica Ballantyne

Recent completed projects

PRoSFeT - Promoting Sustainable Freight Transport

Promoting Sustainable Freight Transport in Urban Contexts: Policy and Decision-Making Approaches. (Jan 2017 – Dec 2019)

Staff involved: Professor Andrea Genovese | Dr Erica Ballantyne | Dr Antonino Sgalambro


Investigating opportunities for Sustainable Freight Transport. (July 2015 – Nov 2018)

Staff involved: Dr Erica Ballantyne


Ruiz-Hernandez, D. Menezes, MBC. and Amrani, A. (2019) An information-content based measure of proliferation as a proxi for structural complexity. International Journal of Production Economics.  212, 78-91.

Menzes, MBC., Ruiz-Hernandez, D. and Chen, Y. (2020) On the validity and practical relevance of a measure for structural complexity. Submitted to International Journal of Production Economics.

Menezes, MBC., Ruiz-Hernandez, D. and Pinto, R. (2020) Chasing the right type of growth: simultaneous location, capacity and product-mix decisions. Submitted to Production and Operations Management.

STOP. Stochastic Transportation On-line Routing Problem. Work in progress with Amiri-Aref, M. from Kedge Business School, Bordeaux, France.

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