Dr Allan Woodburn
I'm part of
Connect with me
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.
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.