Traditional location theory focuses on manufacturing but increasingly industrial property is used for warehousing. Globalisation has meant that many manufacturing goods are imported then distributed through the country from a network of warehouses. Over recent decades the network has changed through the development of the inter-urban road network changing accessibility relationships both at the national and intra-regional levels. ICT developments have also led to vast warehouses often catering for large areas of the country. Changing trends in distribution are also due to the rise in volume of online retailing and next day delivery leading to the need for local warehousing depots. The research will seek to revisit industrial location theory in the light of these developments, examine the role of a hierarchical distribution model and its relationship to accessibility and seek to test a model by reference to the pattern of warehousing.
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Scholarships will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project and is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.