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Freight micro-consolidation for last mile delivery in the Solent region


   School of Mathematics and Physics

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  Prof Djamila Ouelhadj  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a three year full-time (or up to six year part-time) PhD to commence in October 2023.

The PhD will be based in the School of Mathematics and Physics, LORA (Logistics, Operational Research and Analytics) Research Group and will be supervised by Professor Djamila Ouelhadj.

 The work on this project could involve:

  • Literature review on freight micro-consolidation.
  • Analysis of the transport footprint of logistics activities in the Solent region
  • Develop innovative Operational Research optimisation and simulation models to simulate the impact of implementing micro-consolidation concepts at scale across multiple businesses and freight sectors in the Solent region.
  • Evaluation of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the proposed micro-consolidation concepts

Project description

The project aims to investigate the environmental impacts of freight movement within the Solent region, and develop innovative and sustainable approaches to urban logistics, reducing the impact that goods movement has on congestion, air quality, safety and journey times. 

The project will develop new freight micro-consolidation for last mile delivery, and novel Operational Research optimisation and simulation models to simulate the impact of implementing micro-consolidation concepts at scale across multiple businesses and freight sectors, or in specific geographies, and monitoring and valuation of the micro-consolidation trials. The models and algorithms developed are expected to be of sufficient scientific novelty and application worth that they will lead to articles published in leading operational research and transport scientific journals. 

General admissions criteria

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

Operational Research, programming skills (Java/C++, C#, etc.)

How to Apply

We encourage you to contact Professor Djamila Ouelhadj ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Operational Research and Logistics PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process. 

When applying please quote project code:SMAP7470423.


Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project may be eligible to compete for one of a small number of bursaries available; these may provide tuition fee discounts and/or a stipend. This project is also available to students who are self-funded or hold (or likely to hold) scholarships from other organisations or governments.

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