Dr Allan Woodburn

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I am a Principal Lecturer in Freight and Logistics in the Transport Studies Department at the University of Westminster, and the Course Leader for the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course. I was previously a Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment at Napier University, Edinburgh, where I completed my Doctorate (entitled the role of logistical structure in the development of rail freight services in Great Britain) in 2000.

I have considerable research and consultancy experience, primarily relating to freight transport policy, operations and environmental impacts. My main research focus is in rail freight operations and policy, where I have led a number of studies investigating factors that influence mode choice decision-making and analysing different rail market sectors (e.g. deep-sea containers; non-bulk). Since 1997, I have compiled an annual database of rail freight service provision in Britain, assisting with trend analysis of the overall rail freight market and its different sectors. I have also been involved in a number of other research projects focusing on various freight issues, such as urban logistics and freight consolidation.

External Activities

Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (MCIT; MILT)

I am responsible for a number of modules on the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course, mainly relating to the policy and planning framework for supply chain management. This includes Logistics and the External Environment and Freight Transport and Logistics Services. In addition, I also coordinates the Research Dissertation module.

Key research and consultancy projects in the last 5 years include:

Freight addressable markets study (DfT; 2009-10)

Green Logistics: scope for modal shift through fiscal, regulatory and organisational change (EPSRC; 2006-2010)

Hinterland connections of seaports (UNECE; 2008-2009)

Characteristics of the rail freight container market in Britain, including service provision and load factors (University of Westminster; 2007-2008)

The role of intermodal terminal developments in the achievement of increased rail mode share (University of Westminster; 2007)

London Freight Data Centre (Transport for London; 2006 - )

Inventory of rail freight service provision in Britain (University of Westminster; ongoing)

Port-based container flows by rail in Britain (University of Westminster; 2006)

Effectiveness of Freight Facilities Grant funding (University of Westminster; 2006)

I am also involved in supervising a Doctoral student and has acted as an External Examiner for Doctoral candidates at other institutions.

2017

Rail operations (2017)
Woodburn, A.G. 2017. Rail operations. in: Monios, J. and Bergqvist, C. (ed.) Intermodal Freight Transport and Logistics Boca Raton, FL CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.
Rail freight (2017)
Woodburn, A.G. 2017. Rail freight. in: Cowie, J. and Ison, S. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Transport Economics London Routledge. pp. 368-383

2016

ICT for rail freight management (2016)
Woodburn, A.G. 2016. ICT for rail freight management. in: Wang, Y. and Pettit, S. (ed.) E-Logistics: Managing Your Digital Supply Chains for Competitive Advantage London Kogan Page. pp. 85-107

2015

Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships (2015)
McKinnon, A., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2015. Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships. in: McKinnon, A., Browne, M., Whiting, A. and Piecyk, M. (ed.) Green logistics: improving the environmental sustainability of logistics (3rd edition) London Kogan Page. pp. 165-193

2014

International road and rail freight transport activity (2014)
Leonardi, J., Woodburn, A.G., Allen, J. and Browne, M. 2014. International road and rail freight transport activity. in: Waters, D. and Rinsler, S. (ed.) Global logistics: new directions in supply chain management (7th ed.) London Kogan Page. pp. 373-393
Developments in Western European logistics strategies (2014)
Browne, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2014. Developments in Western European logistics strategies. in: Waters, D. and Rinsler, S. (ed.) Global logistics: new directions in supply chain management London Kogan Page. pp. 395-418

2013

Data collection for understanding urban goods movement: comparison of collection methods and approaches in European countries (2013)
Allen, J., Ambrosini, C., Browne, M., Patier-Marque, D., Routhier, J.L. and Woodburn, A.G. 2013. Data collection for understanding urban goods movement: comparison of collection methods and approaches in European countries. in: Gonzalez-Feliu, J., Semet, F. and Routhier, J.L. (ed.) Sustainable urban logistics: concepts, methods and information systems Heidelberg Springer. pp. 71-89

2012

Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships (2012)
McKinnon, A., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2012. Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships. in: McKinnon, A., Browne, M. and Whiteing, A. (ed.) Green logistics: improving the environmental sustainability of logistics (2nd edition) London Kogan Page. pp. 145-171
The role of urban consolidation centres in freight transport (2012)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Leonardi, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2012. The role of urban consolidation centres in freight transport. in: Evangelista, P., McKinnon, A., Sweeney, E. and Esposito, E. (ed.) Supply chain innovation for competing in highly dynamic markets: challenges and solutions Hershey, PA Business Science Reference. pp. 199-214

2011

The role of urban consolidation centres in sustainable freight transport (2011)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Leonardi, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2011. The role of urban consolidation centres in sustainable freight transport. in: Evangelista, P., McKinnon, A., Sweeney, E. and Esposito, E. (ed.) Supply chain innovation for competing in highly dynamic markets: challenges and solutions Hershey, PA IGI Global. pp. 199-214

2010

Transferring freight to 'greener' transport roads (2010)
Woodburn, A.G. and Whiteing, A. 2010. Transferring freight to 'greener' transport roads. in: McKinnon, A., Cullinane, S., Browne, M. and Whiteing, A. (ed.) Green logistics: improving the environmental sustainability of logistics London Kogan Page. pp. 124-139
International road and rail freight transport: the impact of globalisation on activity levels (2010)
Woodburn, A.G., Allen, J., Browne, M. and Leonardi, J. 2010. International road and rail freight transport: the impact of globalisation on activity levels. in: Globalisation, transport and the environment OECD Publishing. pp. 121-158
Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships (2010)
McKinnon, A., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2010. Development of greener vehicles, aircraft and ships. in: McKinnon, A., Cullinane, S., Browne, M. and Whiteing, A. (ed.) Green logistics: improving the environmental sustainability of logistics London Kogan Page.
International road and rail freight transport activity (2010)
Leonardi, J., Woodburn, A.G., Allen, J. and Browne, M. 2010. International road and rail freight transport activity. in: Waters, D. (ed.) Global logistics: new directions in supply chain management. 6th edition London Kogan Page. pp. 390-408
Developments in Western European logistics (2010)
Browne, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2010. Developments in Western European logistics. in: Waters, D. (ed.) Global logistics: new directions in supply chain management. 6th edition London Kogan Page. pp. 420-442
Integrated transport policy in freight transport (2010)
Allen, J., Browne, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2010. Integrated transport policy in freight transport. in: Givoni, M. and Banister, D. (ed.) Integrated transport: from policy to practice Abingdon, Oxon Routledge. pp. 75-96

2008

The potential use of urban consolidation centres in the hotel industry in London (2008)
Browne, M., Piotrowska, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2008. The potential use of urban consolidation centres in the hotel industry in London. in: Taniguchi, E. and Thompson, R.G. (ed.) Innovations in city logistics New York Nova Science Publishers. pp. 83-96

2006

Developments in Western European logistics strategies (2006)
Browne, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2006. Developments in Western European logistics strategies. in: Waters, D. (ed.) Global logistics: new directions in supply chain management. 5th revised edition London, UK Kogan Page.
Night-time delivery restrictions: a review (2006)
Browne, M., Allen, J., Anderson, S. and Woodburn, A.G. 2006. Night-time delivery restrictions: a review. in: Taniguchi, E. (ed.) Recent Advances in City Logistics: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on City Logistics Oxford, UK Elsevier.

2017

An analysis of rail freight operational efficiency and mode share in the British port-hinterland container market (2017)
Woodburn, A.G. 2017. An analysis of rail freight operational efficiency and mode share in the British port-hinterland container market. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 51, pp. 190-202.
The impacts on freight train operational performance of new rail infrastructure to segregate passenger and freight traffic (2017)
Woodburn, A.G. 2017. The impacts on freight train operational performance of new rail infrastructure to segregate passenger and freight traffic. Journal of Transport Geography. 58, pp. 176-185.

2015

An empirical study of the variability in the composition of British freight trains (2015)
Woodburn, A.G. 2015. An empirical study of the variability in the composition of British freight trains. Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management. 5 (4), pp. 294-308.

2014

A review of urban consolidation centres in the supply chain based on a case study approach (2014)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Leonardi, J. 2014. A review of urban consolidation centres in the supply chain based on a case study approach. Supply Chain Forum: an international journal. 15 (4), pp. 100-112.

2013

Effects of rail network enhancement on port hinterland container activity: a United Kingdom case study (2013)
Woodburn, A.G. 2013. Effects of rail network enhancement on port hinterland container activity: a United Kingdom case study. Journal of Transport Geography. 33, pp. 162-169.

2012

Intermodal rail freight activity in Britain: where has the growth come from? (2012)
Woodburn, A.G. 2012. Intermodal rail freight activity in Britain: where has the growth come from? Research in Transportation Business & Management: Airport Management. 5, pp. 16-26.
The role of urban consolidation centres in sustainable freight transport (2012)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Leonardi, J. 2012. The role of urban consolidation centres in sustainable freight transport. Transport Reviews. 32 (4), pp. 473-490.

2011

An investigation of container train service provision and load factors in Great Britain (2011)
Woodburn, A.G. 2011. An investigation of container train service provision and load factors in Great Britain. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research. 11 (3), pp. 147-165.

2008

Intermodal rail freight in Britain: a terminal problem? (2008)
Woodburn, A.G. 2008. Intermodal rail freight in Britain: a terminal problem? Planning Practice and Research. 23 (3), pp. 441-460.

2007

The role for rail in port-based container freight flows in Britain (2007)
Woodburn, A.G. 2007. The role for rail in port-based container freight flows in Britain. Maritime Policy and Management. 34 (4), pp. 311-330.
Evaluation of rail freight facilities grant funding in Britain (2007)
Woodburn, A.G. 2007. Evaluation of rail freight facilities grant funding in Britain. Transport Reviews. 27 (3), pp. 311-326.
Evaluating the potential for urban consolidation centres (2007)
Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Allen, J. 2007. Evaluating the potential for urban consolidation centres. European Transport / Trasporti Europei. 35, pp. 46-63.
Appropriate indicators of rail freight activity and market share: a review of UK practice and recommendations for change (2007)
Woodburn, A.G. 2007. Appropriate indicators of rail freight activity and market share: a review of UK practice and recommendations for change. Transport Policy. 14 (1), pp. 59-69.

2006

The non-bulk market for rail freight in Great Britain (2006)
Woodburn, A.G. 2006. The non-bulk market for rail freight in Great Britain. Journal of Transport Geography. 14 (4), pp. 299-308.

2004

Rail freight in Scotland: issues and challenges (2004)
Woodburn, A.G. 2004. Rail freight in Scotland: issues and challenges. Holyrood Magazine Transport Quarterly. 4.

2003

A logistical perspective on the potential for modal shift of freight from road to rail in Great Britain (2003)
Woodburn, A.G. 2003. A logistical perspective on the potential for modal shift of freight from road to rail in Great Britain. International Journal of Transport Management. 1 (4), pp. 237-245.

2001

The changing nature of rail freight in Great Britain: the start of a renaissance? (2001)
Woodburn, A.G. 2001. The changing nature of rail freight in Great Britain: the start of a renaissance? Transport Reviews. 21 (1), pp. 1-13.

2015

Potential role of railway stations as urban freight hubs (2015)
Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Allen, J. 2015. Potential role of railway stations as urban freight hubs. Logistics Research Network Conference. University of Derby, Derby, UK 09 to end of 11 Sep 2015

2014

Potential for non-road modes to support environmentally friendly urban logistics (2014)
Browne, M., Allen, J., Woodburn, A.G. and Piotrowska, M. 2014. Potential for non-road modes to support environmentally friendly urban logistics. 1st International Conference Green cities: Green Logistics for Greener Cities. Szczecin, Poland 19 to end of 21 May 2014 Elsevier.

2013

A review of rail freight initiatives in the urban supply chain (2013)
Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G., Piotrowska, M. and Allen, J. 2013. A review of rail freight initiatives in the urban supply chain. RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013. London 30 Aug 2013
The potential for rail to make a significant contribution to urban freight operations (2013)
Browne, M., Allen, J., Woodburn, A.G. and Piotrowska, M. 2013. The potential for rail to make a significant contribution to urban freight operations. Logistics Research Network Conference. University of Aston 4-6 September

2010

An investigation of freight quality partnerships in the UK (2010)
Browne, M., Allen, J., Piotrowska, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2010. An investigation of freight quality partnerships in the UK. 15th Annual Conference of the Logistics Research Network. Harrogate 08 - 10 Sep 2010

2008

The challenge of high cube ISO containers for British rail freight operations (2008)
Woodburn, A.G. 2008. The challenge of high cube ISO containers for British rail freight operations. Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2008: Supply Chain Innovations: people, practice and performance. University of Liverpool, UK 10 - 12 Sep 2008
Container train operations between ports and their hinterlands: a UK case study (2008)
Woodburn, A.G. 2008. Container train operations between ports and their hinterlands: a UK case study. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Conference: Hinterland Connections of Seaports. Piraeus, Greece 17 - 18 Sep 2008
An investigation of container train service provision and load factors in Great Britain (2008)
Woodburn, A.G. 2008. An investigation of container train service provision and load factors in Great Britain. 40th Annual UTSG Conference. 03 - 05 Jan 2008 Southampton
The impacts of globalisation on international road and rail freight transport activity: past trends and future perspectives (2008)
Leonardi, J., Woodburn, A.G., Allen, J. and Browne, M. 2008. The impacts of globalisation on international road and rail freight transport activity: past trends and future perspectives. OECD/ITF Global Forum on Sustainable Development: Transport and Environment in a Globalising World. Guadalajara, Mexico 10 - 12 Nov 2008

2007

Comparison of urban freight data collection in European countries (2007)
Woodburn, A.G., Allen, J., Patier-Marque, D., Routhier, J.L. and Ambrosini, C. 2007. Comparison of urban freight data collection in European countries. 11th World Conference on Transportation Research. Berkeley, USA 24 - 29 Jun 2007
Wagonload rail freight: is there a future? (2007)
Woodburn, A.G. 2007. Wagonload rail freight: is there a future? 39th Annual Conference of the Universities Transport Study Group. Harrogate 03 - 05 Jan 2007
Logistics and freight transport: responding to the new energy challenge (2007)
Woodburn, A.G. 2007. Logistics and freight transport: responding to the new energy challenge. Intelligent Transport Conference. Oxford 06 Mar 2007
The potential use of urban consolidation centres in the hotel industry in London (2007)
Browne, M., Piotrowska, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2007. The potential use of urban consolidation centres in the hotel industry in London. 5th International Conference on City Logistics. Crete, Greece 11 - 13 Jul 2007
The role of urban consolidation centres for different business sectors (2007)
Browne, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2007. The role of urban consolidation centres for different business sectors. 11th World Conference on Transportation Research. Berkeley, USA 24 - 29 Jun 2007

2005

Urban freight consolidation centres (2005)
Woodburn, A.G., Browne, M., Sweet, M. and Allen, J. 2005. Urban freight consolidation centres. Logistics Research Network Annual Conference. Plymouth, UK 07 - 09 Sep 2005

2015

Urban railway hub freight expansion feasability study: final report to Cross River Partnership (2015)
Woodburn, A.G., Browne, M. and Allen, J. 2015. Urban railway hub freight expansion feasability study: final report to Cross River Partnership. London University of Westminster.

2014

London freight data report 2014 (2014)
Browne, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2014. London freight data report 2014. Transport for London.

2013

High Speed 2: identifying opportunities for freight at Euston and Old Oak Common (2013)
Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Allen, J. 2013. High Speed 2: identifying opportunities for freight at Euston and Old Oak Common. London University of Westminster.
London freight data report 2013 (2013)
Browne, M., Allen, J. and Woodburn, A.G. 2013. London freight data report 2013. Transport for London.

2012

London freight data report 2012 (2012)
Allen, J., Browne, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2012. London freight data report 2012. Transport for London.

2011

London freight data report 2010 (2011)
Allen, J., Browne, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2011. London freight data report 2010. London Transport for London Freight & Fleet.

2010

Freight Quality Partnerships in the UK: an analysis of their work and achievements (2010)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Piotrowska, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2010. Freight Quality Partnerships in the UK: an analysis of their work and achievements. Green Logistics Report, University of Westminster.
London freight data report 2009 (2010)
Allen, J., Browne, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2010. London freight data report 2009. London Transport for London Freight & Fleet.

2008

London freight data report (2008)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Piotrowska, M. 2008. London freight data report. London Transport for London.

2007

Literature Review WM7: Scope for modal shift through fiscal, regulatory and organisational change, carried as as part of Work Module 1, Green Logistics Project (2007)
Woodburn, A.G., Browne, M., Piotrowska, M. and Allen, J. 2007. Literature Review WM7: Scope for modal shift through fiscal, regulatory and organisational change, carried as as part of Work Module 1, Green Logistics Project. Green Logistics.
Literature Review WM9: Part I - urban freight transport, carried out as part of Work Module 1, Green Logistics Project (2007)
Browne, M., Piotrowska, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Allen, J. 2007. Literature Review WM9: Part I - urban freight transport, carried out as part of Work Module 1, Green Logistics Project. Green Logistics Report, University of Westminster.
Literature Review WM9: Part II - light goods vehicles in urban areas, carried as as part Work Module 1, Green Logistics Project (2007)
Browne, M., Allen, J., Woodburn, A.G. and Piotrowska, M. 2007. Literature Review WM9: Part II - light goods vehicles in urban areas, carried as as part Work Module 1, Green Logistics Project. Green Logistics Report, University of Westminster.
Synthesis report on data collection and proposed tools and techniques (2007)
Allen, J., Browne, M., Piotrowska, M. and Woodburn, A.G. 2007. Synthesis report on data collection and proposed tools and techniques. Green Logistics Project report.

2005

Urban freight consolidation centres: final report (2005)
Browne, M., Sweet, M., Woodburn, A.G. and Allen, J. 2005. Urban freight consolidation centres: final report. Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster.

2004

Meeting the rail freight growth target (2004)
Woodburn, A.G. 2004. Meeting the rail freight growth target. UK University of Westminster/Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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