I began working as a researcher in the Transport Studies Department at the University of Westminster in 1992. My major research interests are urban freight transport, the impact of manufacturing and retailing techniques on logistics and transportation systems, the relationship between policy measures and freight transport operations, and the market structure of the freight transport industry.
I have worked on many different projects during my time as a researcher at the University of Westminster. Projects have been carried out for a wide range of bodies including the Department for Transport, the European Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Transport for London, the Energy Savings Trust, ADEME and London boroughs. A summary of some of these projects is provided below.
Green Logistics (EPSRC/Department for Transport-funded) (2006-2010) Being carried out with the universities of Leeds, Cardiff, Heriot Watt, Southampton and Lancaster. Examining a range of methodologies, tools and approaches that offer ways of measuring and reducing the environmental impact of various elements freight transport. I am leading the work module concerned with urban freight transport and light goods vehicles.
London Freight Data Centre (Transport for London funded, 2006 onwards). Established a London Freight Data Centre for TfL - the first of its kind in the UK. Produced a London Freight Data Report that supports the TfL London Freight Plan (2008) and have developed sustainable progress measures to monitor the economic, social and environmental impacts of freight activity in London.
Best Urban Freight Solutions (BESTUFS) (European Commission-funded, 2000 - 2008) Participant in BESTUFS project since 2000, and the project's UK focal point. Project identified, promoted and disseminated sustainable approaches to urban freight transport and logistics. I was a co-author of a Good Practice Guide to Urban Freight published in 17 languages, and worked on the standardisation of urban freight data collection.
Energy Consumption in the Supply Chain (ADEME-funded, 2004-2009) This project, carried out in conjunction with INRETS, developed an approach for analysing transport activity, energy use and CO 2 emissions in the supply of denim jeans and yoghurt. This was followed by another ADEME-funded project that analysed the supply chains for fruit and vegetables and furniture.
Review of Freight Modelling (Department for Transport funded, 2001-2002). The aim was to review current freight modelling techniques and to make recommendations to DfT on the most appropriate techniques for use in Britain. My contribution was on the topics of light goods vehicles, and development in freight transport and logistics.
Modelling Policy Measures and Company Initiatives for Sustainable Urban Distribution (EPSRC-funded, 2001-2003). Carried out with Birmingham City Council, Hampshire County Council, Norfolk County Council and several logistics companies including Exel, the CERT Group, Securicor Omega Express and TDG. Investigated the scope to improve the economic and environmental efficiency of freight transport operations in various urban freight transport operations in the UK. Included major data collection efforts, the development of a database to analyse this data, and to model likely changes.
A Framework for Considering Policies to Encourage Sustainable Urban Freight Traffic and Goods/Service Flows (EPSRC funded, 1998-2000) An exploratory study into goods and services flows to and from premises in urban areas, and the vehicle activity that supports these flows. The aim of the research was to develop and apply a framework for understanding urban freight transport in its broadest sense that reflects the breadth of freight and service-related transport activity in urban areas. The approach has been applied by other researchers since its development.
Transport and Supply Logistics of Biomass Fuels (DTI-funded, 1994-1996) Concerned with establishing suitable supply chains (including all transport and logistics activities) for the supply of biomass fuels such as wood and energy crops from the point of production to large scale electricity generation plants, and developing an analytical approach to understand the economic, social and environmental impacts of the different potential supply chain options.
Financial and Operational Performance in Road Freight Transport (Lloyds Bowmaker funded, 1994-1998). Conducted analysis into the financial and operational performance of UK road haulage companies for Lloyds Bowmaker, the corporate finance house, in a series of four studies all of which were published and circulated to the customer's clients and the general public.