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About me

Academic researcher, developing and evaluating sustainable solutions in logistics.

My current position is Senior Research Fellow in Freight, Logistics and Sustainable Distribution at the University of Westminster, since 2007. My research areas include freight transport, logistics, and supply chain.

From 2006 to 2007, my position was Researcher at The French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research INRETS (now IFSTTAR) in Paris, France, working on freight transport policies and supply chain surveys.

From 1998 to 2005, my employer was the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and German Advisory Council on Global Change in Hamburg, Germany. As referent of the Chairman, reporting to the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Research, my main tasks were to be working and advising on environmental impact assessment, energy use, freight transport, sustainable policies and urban planning.

My PhD was on how to overcome barriers to sustainable development in cities in Europe, and was completed at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1999. From 1992 to 1995, my employer was a Consultancy on Environmental Planning in Hamburg, Germany, where my task was scientific assistant. My diploma was achieved in 1994 at the University of Hamburg, as a 'Diplom Geograph', which is an equivalent to a MSc in Geography.

Teaching

Main topics of my lectures for the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management are European logistics, freight transport, supply chains, surveying transport operations, energy use and sustainability aspects, survey methods, data and reporting, GHG emissions calculation methods.

It was a very rewarding experience to be a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kyoto, Dept of Transport Systems, in 2008 in Japan.

Since 2008, an additional position is also external lecturer at EIGSI, a French civil engineering school based in La Rochelle, for a Course on sustainable logistics. This takes place within the general engineering degree curriculum, called "Dominante Energie and Environnement".

From 1996 to 2005, I was lecturer at the Institute for Geography and the Institute for Meteorology of the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Since 1996 I participated as member of PhD committees/jurys to the elaboration of 9 doctoral dissertations and PhD thesis defenses in Germany and France.

Research

In addition to the main topics mentioned under Teaching, the main themes of my reports, publications and advisory talks are covering urban freight, van use, new technologies, trial design, data management, urban freight policies, impact evaluation.

My main current European project is CIVITAS DESTINATIONS. Recently, projects included CITYLAB (EU H2020), Agile Logistics (Greater London Authority), SMARTFUSION, BESTFACT, SUGAR, Green Logistics, Supply Chain Energy, Fideus and Transforum. (The links above are correct as of Aug 2020).

Most of my research projects publications and reports can be downloaded for free on the project webpages above, on my LinkedIn page, & on my ResearchGate profile.

External Activities and Consultancies

Advisory Board member for the SENATOR research project 2020-2024.

In 2019, I was supporting the Ministry of Transport of China and the GIZ China for the National Programme on Green Urban Logistics.

In 2018, I was supporting the GIZ activities in the Greater Mekong Region, in Indonesia and in China.

2016-2019, I was Advisory Board member for the EC Interreg project SULPITER.

Multiple past committee activities were delivered, among others for the OECD/ECMT, for the European CEN standardisation committee on Energy use and GHG calculation method in transport, and the BSI led UK mirror panel.

I was previously partner in the EC COST networks of SHANTI, COST355, and of COST356.

Expert evaluator activities started with numerous reports for the German and French Governments, and are continuing at the UK (ESRC), international and European level of EU FP5, FP6, FP7, STEER, H2020, EUROSTARS-EUREKA projects and programmes.

Reviewer for IPCC, referee for academic journals, referee for academic conferences.