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Next generation planning models for logistics and transportation problems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The Operations & Supply Chain Subject Group at University of Liverpool Management School has an opening for a studentship for those seeking to pursue a full-time PhD in the area of logistics and transportation. Applications are sought from prospective candidates with an outstanding academic achievement and research potential to commence in the academic year 2019/20. Applicants should have a good foundation in mathematical programming and optimisation methods, and be well versed with a computer programming language. The selected student will join a team of academics with ongoing projects and connections in the topic area, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in other universities. The expected outputs of the research will have academic importance and societal relevance.

Two main strands of research are relevant to this studentship.

Collaborative urban logistics
Conventional business models of logistics activities in urban areas, particularly those relevant to the ‘last-mile’, contribute to increased traffic, congestion, use of land (kerbside) space, noise, and air pollution due to the greenhouse gases emitted, particularly carbon, affecting public health and quality of life. This project will involve identifying the factors contributing to increased energy requirements in the modus operandi of urban logistics providers, investigating innovative, collaborative and transformative business processes, and devising models and optimisation algorithms to solve the associated models to improve logistics planning and management in urban areas.

Humanitarian logistics
The multi-faceted nature of humanitarian logistics operations require the need to factor in parameters that are not necessarily quantifiable, but which are of crucial importance in designing an equitable distribution plan following a natural disaster or emergency. The project will involve identifying and quantifying such factors, investigating ways in which they can be incorporated within traditional planning models, devising algorithms to efficiently solve the resulting optimisation models and deriving insights for policymaking.

Reference: PHD-BLPRULMS-2019
The University of Liverpool Management School
The University of Liverpool Management School is a world leading centre for management and leadership training, education and research. The School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB Accredited. The achievement of AACSB accreditation means that not only has the School met specific standards of excellence, but has also made a commitment to on-going improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to its students.

Part of the research intensive Russell Group of Universities, the Management School’s 150 international experts shape world-class academic thought and make a direct impact on a wide range of organisations and institutions. These experts publish in top-tier journals across many research areas and take a number of editorships in prestigious academic journals. Our investment in an excellent research environment and a flourishing cohort of PhD researchers coupled with our refreshingly interdisciplinary focus put the Management School at the forefront of academic research, making a difference to our many local, national and international partners.

Funding Notes

You will receive an annual stipend of £14,553 plus a fee waiver and will have access to student support funds in line with the wider doctoral training provision at ULMS. These fellowships will be open to all nationalities and subject areas. Home students receive a full School studentship (fees and maintenance grant). Overseas students will receive a fee contribution at Home/EU rates and the difference in cost must be paid by the applicant; the maintenance grant for Overseas students is identical to Home/EU students.

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