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21stCentury Smart and Sustainable Urban Logistics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD project focusses on smart and sustainable urban freight logistics with a particular emphasis on how changing consumer behaviour impacts the supply chain landscape. The overall aim is: to formulate an innovative urban supply chain strategy that will lead to the creation of a more integrated and sustainable freight logistics system. The identification, mapping and effective adoption of existing and emerging technologies in a smart city context is a key enabler for this research. A “systems approach” will be adopted with the research student supervised by a multidisciplinary team of academics. The project has three phases: (i) demand side (how changing consumer behaviour is changing the dynamics of urban markets); (ii) supply side (transport and logistics); integration of (i) and (ii) using appropriate modelling tools.
The research will develop innovative approaches and concepts and propose new solutions for sustainable urban freight city logistics, using Birmingham as a living laboratory.

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Funding Notes

This studentship provides a maintenance allowance (currently £14,777 per year) and covers tuition fees at the home/EU level. Applicants from outside the EU are welcome but they will need to pay the difference between the home/EU and international fee levels; that difference is currently £12,290/year.

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