Prof. dr. Christa Sys jointly graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the Ghent University and the University of Antwerp (December 2010). Her doctoral research dealt with the competitive conditions, the concentration and the market structure of the container liner shipping industry (link). This research was awarded by the Section of Technical Sciences of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences with the General Manager Fernand Suykens Prize for Port Studies.
Until October 2013, Christa Sys was scientific director of the Research Centre on Freight and passengers flows. She currently is holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics and ports at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. Next, she is course co-ordinator for the courses ‘Business Environment’, ‘Maritime Economics and Businesses’ and ‘Maritime Supply Chain’ at the Centre for Maritime and Air Transport (C-MAT). She also teaches at the Faculty of Applied Economics and at the University College Ghent, Faculty of Applied Business (Member of Ghent University Association). Her educational activities focus on inland transportation and (operational aspects of) maritime transport. Her research centres on maritime economics and co-operation and competition in shipping.