Transport and Maritime Management
The University of Antwerp has gathered considerable expertise in the field of transport economics, including maritime transport economics, port economics and logistics. The research projects are generally multidisciplinary and cover various topics:
|The port and maritime sector
- competition and cooperation in the maritime and port sector
- ports as nodes in the logistics chain
- productivity of terminals
- maritime transport costs
- port policy
- strategic planning in seaports
- traffic forecasting
- modal choice in (hinter)land transportation
- the organization, choice and planning of commodity flows
- land transport: intermodal operations: rail, road, barge, inland navigation and pipelines
- air transport and airports
- integration of transport and logistics
Transport and Regional Economics
The University of Antwerp applies its extensive expertise to meet the growing demand for research in the field of transport and regional economic. To this end, a rich set of tools in the area of transport and spatial economics is available, including
- strategic analyses
- methods of economic research and assessment
- information gathering and analysis
- operational research
- modelbased analysis
- forecasting and simulations.
Research topics pertain to
- the assessment of infrastructure projects
- strategic analyses and policy recommendations (private companies, authorities)
- interaction between transport and regional dimension
- urban economics
- interaction between mobility and economy
Environment, Technology, and Technology Management
Research activities in the area of logistics can also involve issues of environment, technology and technology management.
The research projects related to environment pertain to e.g.
- environmental impact assessment of port operations,
- Scheldt estuary management,
- the relationship between port accessibility,
- flood and ecology,
- the concept of GreenPort and
- the impact of pollutants on water quality.
Research activities in the field of technology and technology management are focused on a number of methodological aspects and also technical, social and ethical aspects that impact on the industrial production or on society as a whole.
In general, logistics research projects carried out at the University of Antwerp relate to a wide range of topics, such as
- supply chain management,
- production management and logistics,
- route planning,
- reverse logistics,
- recycling management,
- safety and security of supply chain management.
Transport and Maritime Law
The University of Antwerp has bundled its expertise in the area of transport and maritime law into the Antwerp Knowledge Centre for Transport and Maritime (ACTRAMAR). ACTRAMAR is a joint initiative of the University of Antwerp (Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) and the faculties of Law and Applied Economics) and the Antwerp Maritime Academy and provides a unique programme of education, including a postgraduate degree.