Welcome to the NECTAR website

Cluster 3: Logistics and Freight

Cluster 3 Co-chairs:

macharisCathy Macharis is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and visiting professor at the University of Gothenborg. Her re­search group MOBI—Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology—is an interdisciplinary group focusing on sus­tainable logistics, electric and hybrid vehicles and travel behaviour. She has been involved in several regional, na­tional and European research projects dealing with topics such as the location of intermodal terminals, assessment of policy measures in the field of logistics and sustainable mobility, electric and hybrid vehicles, etc. She published several books and wrote more than 100 papers. She is the chairwoman of Brussels Mobility Commission. She started in 1999 the NECTAR cluster on freight transport. The NECTAR cluster animators (currently together with Sandra Melo and Johan Woxenius) have been organising several meetings around Europe, which resulted in a book on city distribution within the NECTAR series, special issues and joint papers. Website: https://mobi.research.vub.be/en/prof-dr-cathy-macharis

meloSandra Melo has a PhD in Civil Enginner by the University of Porto – Faculdade de Engenharia (Portugal), investigating the influence of the power of the local context on the performance of last mile ‘best practices’ towards a more sustainable mobility, considering public and private (freight and passenger) transport. Her current research focuses on urban logistics, sustainable freight transport, transport policy evaluation and transport behaviour decision-making. She is currently Post-doc researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa and Senior Member of the Portuguese Civil Engineers Chamber. She has actively participated in NECTAR, especially in Cluster 3, were she participated in the organizing committee of cluster meetings and is a co-editor in two NECTAR Series volume on City Distribution And Urban Freight Transport( published by Edward Elgar) and on Sustainable Logistics (published by Emerald). Website: https://sigarra.up.pt/feup/en/func_geral.formview?p_codigo=355095

WoxeniusJohan Woxenius is professor of Maritime Transport Management and Logistics at University of Gothenburg since 2008. His main research field is maritime and intermodal freight transport and the research covers sustainability, industrial organisation, production systems, traffic designs, information systems and technology surveys and evaluations. Increasingly, he engages in urban freight research. Johan Woxenius is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, on the scientific advisory boards of several research funding organisations, editorial boards of journals and he frequently serves the European Commission as evaluator. He is also member of the Scientific Committee of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and leads its Special Interest Group on Intermodal Freight Transport. Within NECTAR he arranged the Cluster Meeting in Gothenburg 2006 and co-edited the NECTAR Series volume on Sustainable Logistics (published by Emerald). Website: https://www.gu.se/en/about/find-staff/johanwoxenius

Anne Goodchild is the Allan and Inger Osberg Endowed Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington.  She is an international freight and logistics expert, currently serving as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Freight Group.  She joined the UW faculty in December 2005 after completing her PhD at UC at Berkeley.  Her research addresses the nexus of private and public actors and infrastructure in the movement of goods.  Recent research has evaluated the impact of changing shopping and delivery patterns, CO2 emissions in strategic routing and schedule planning in urban pick-up and delivery systems, logistics sprawl, and the relationship between freight activity and the economy.  Dr. Goodchild is the Director of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center and the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Online Master’s Program.  Before attending Berkeley she worked in consulting for 5 years in Europe and North America, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Applied Decision Analysis Inc., modeling business problems. Website: https://depts.washington.edu/sctlctr/about-us/faculty-professional-staff/dr-anne-goodchild


Cluster activities: 

  • Cluster established, Helsinki, 2001
  • Cluster Workshop, Delft, 2002
  • Cluster Workshop, Liège, Belgium, November 2002
  • Cluster Workshop, Lugano, Switzerland, November 2004
  • Cluster Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, March 2006
  • Cluster Workshop, Delft, The Netherlands, March 2008
  • NECTAR Conference, Arlington, 2009
  • Cluster Workshop, Porto, Portugal, November, 2009
  • NECTAR Conference, Antwerp, May, 2011
  • Cluster Workshop, Brussels, Belgium, Jan 2012
  • NECTAR Conference. Azores, June 2013
  • Cluster Workshop, Portugal, Algarve, April 2015
  • Cluster 3 Thematic Session “Smart freight transport: the way forward” 12th International NECTAR Conference, Ann Arbor, USA, 14-16 June 2015
  • Nectar Conference, Michigan, June 2015
  • Joint Cluster 2 and Cluster 3 Meeting on “The role of planning towards sustainable urban mobility” in Brno, Czech Republic, May 2016 (output: ETRR special issue: http://blogs.springeropen.com/springeropen/2018/09/06/role-planning-towards-sustainable-urban-mobility/)
  • Cluster 3: Thematic Session “Hyperconnected logistics”, 13th NECTAR international conference, May 31-June 2 2017, Madrid.
  • Cluster 3: Cluster Thematic session “The Logistics of Living in Cities”, 14th NECTAR international conference, June 5-7, 2019, University of Helsinki
  • Cluster 3: Cluster Thematic session “European Modular System”,  4/5 June 2020, Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Cluster 3 Workshop on “Intermodality and synchromodality in the European Modular System”: 3/4 June 2021 (online)

See the publication page for publications organised by the cluster.