Theo Notteboom


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Theo Notteboom is a part-time Professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics of University of Antwerp. He also is Chair Professor 'North Sea Port' at Ghent University in Belgium, a visiting Research Professor at China Institute of FTZ Supply Chain of Shanghai Maritime University in China and a professor in maritime transport at Antwerp Maritime Academy in Belgium. He previously held a full-time position as High-end Foreign Expert / Professor at Dalian Maritime University in China (2014-2016) and an MPA visiting professorship in port management at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He is past President (2010-2014) and Council Member of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). 

Theo Notteboom is responsible for several postgraduate courses at Ghent University and Antwerp Maritime Academy.  He gave guest lectures at universities in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Korea, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Greece and Italy.  
For a full list of his academic publications see academic bibliography . Most of his publications are freely available at the website of the initiative. His work is widely cited. For example, google scholar refers to over 10,000 citations and an H-index of 52. 

Theo Notteboom published widely on port and maritime economics. The main research topics include: (1) Vertical and horizontal integration in liner shipping, terminal operations and logistics; (2) developments and throughput dynamics in seaport systems, (3) port governance with a particular focus on concession agreements; (4) terminal efficiency; (5) optimization of liner shipping networks and hinterland transport networks (barge and rail); (6) logistics and intermodal interaction between seaports and the hinterland (including port regionalization processes and dry ports/inland terminals); (7) port policy; (8) port competition and cooperation; (9) port marketing, (10) pricing strategies of shipping lines and terminal operators, (11) green shipping and ports and (12) specialised market segments in shipping such as LNG shipping and cruise shipping. His research output covers applications to Europe, Asia/China, North-America, South-America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Theo Notteboom was a guest editor for several Special Issues in leading academic journals in the field such as Geojournal, Journal of Transport Geography, Maritime Policy and Management, The International Journal of Logistics Management, Maritime Economics and Logistics, International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, Research in Transportation and Business Management and Transport Policy. He is (co-)editor of ten academic books, including 'The SAGE Handbook of Transport Studies' (Sage Publications, 2013), 'Current issues in shipping, ports and logistics' (UPA, 2011), 'Ports in proximity: competition and coordination among adjacent seaports' (Ashgate, 2009), 'Ports, cities and global supply chains' (Ashgate, 2007), 'Ports are more than piers' (De Lloyd, 2006) and 'Current issues in port logistics and intermodality' (Maklu/Garant, 2002). He is the lead author of the book 'LogAnt: Province of Antwerp, a logistics hub for the world' (Garant, 2011). He is also a contributor to several chapters of the online version of the book The Geography of Transport Systems (project leader: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue).

He received awards for his academic work including IAME best paper awards from Hanjin (1998), Transportation Research E (2005) and Maritime Economics & Logistics (2008, 2017 and 2018), the Open Essay Contest Prize from the International Association of Ports and Harbors - IAPH  (2007), the ‘Logistics prize’ awarded by the Belgian Group of Logistics (1998), the Containerization Award awarded by Mediterranean Shipping Company (2001), the Award for Port Studies Fernand Suykens of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences (2001), the Best Paper Award at the first Y-RIB conference (2018) and the Honorary Medal of the City of Marseille (Médaille de la Ville de Marseille - 2013) for his scholarly achievements in port studies and contributions as President of IAME. 

He has been involved as promoter or co-promoter in some 80 academic research programs and consultancy studies on the maritime industry and logistics topics commissioned by organizations such as the European Commission (PPRISM, PORTOPIA, Know-Me, etc..), the Flemish Government, the Flanders Institute for Logistics, the Dutch government, the Antwerp Port Authority, the Rotterdam Port Authority, MBZ (Zeebrugge Port Authority) and numerous private companies and government departments in Europe and Asia. He is the (co-)author of five key reports for the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO): part 1 of the 'Factual Report' (2005), the 'Market report on the European Port Industry' (2007, part of the ESPO Annual Report), a report on terminal awarding practices in European ports (2008),  Economic analysis of the European seaport system (2009) and Dock labour and port-related employment in the European seaport system (2010). He is the lead author of the report 'Economic Analysis of the Rhine-Scheldt Delta Port Region' (ING Bank, 2011) and 'The future of port logistics: meeting the challenges of supply chain integration' (2017) and co-author of the reports 'Economic Analysis of Break Bulk Flows and Activities in Belgian Ports' (2012), 'Economic analysis of the warehousing and distribution market in Northwest Europe' (2012), 'Economic analysis of uncertainty and volatility in seaports' (2013) and 'The strategic evaluation of the Belgian port sector and accompanying services' (2015). 

Theo Notteboom has contributed chapters to a large number of academic books.  

Up to now, Theo Notteboom acted as promoter of eight successfully completed PhDs (Yap Wei Yim, 2009; Vicky Kaselimi, 2013;  Darren Ronald Fraser, 2014, Siyuan Wang, 2014; Jinyu Li, 2014; Indra Vonck, 2016; Kateryna Grushevska, 2016; Lam Canh Nguyen, 2017). He is promoter of five ongoing PhD researches. He was an invited jury member at over 20 PhD public defenses held in universities in Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Sweden, the UK, Latvia, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Belgium.      



He was a speaker/session chairman at more than 300 international academic and business conferences, many of them hosted by leading organizations such as the International Transport Forum (ITF-OECD, formerly ECMT), the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the Federation of European Private Terminals Operators (FEPORT), the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), the International Association of Cities and Ports (IACP/AIVP), TOC Europe,  the European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO), the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), the World Ocean Forum, the International Association of Maritime Economics (IAME), the World Conference on Transportation Research (WCTR), the Benelux Interuniversity Group of Transport Economists (BIVEC), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), etc.. . 

He was scientific co-ordinator or co-organizer of a dozen international and national conferences, including the First International Conference on Logistics Strategy of Ports (ICLSP) held in Dalian in September 2004, the ITMMAPS 2006 conference on 'Fostering seaports - and beyond' held in Antwerp in October 2006, the 'Ports in proximity ' conference held in Antwerp/Willemstad/Rotterdam in December 2007, the Third International Conference on Logistics Strategy for Ports (ICLSP) held in Dalian in April 2008, the 'Asian Logistics Round Table 2010 Conference and Meeting' held in Antwerp on 2-3 December 2010 and the IAME 2011 Annual conference held in Santiago (Chile) on 26-28 October 2011. 


Since July 2014: Emeritus President and Council Member of the International Association of Maritime Economists  (IAME)

He became Emeritus President (member of the IAME Executive) and Council Member after having served four years as IAME President (from July 2010 to July 2014). He was already Council Member between 2006 and 2010. IAME is an international forum for the exchange of research and information among those interested in maritime and maritime-related issues. 

Since 2010: One of the three founders and directors of

The two other directors are Thanos Pallis (University of the Aegean) and Peter de Langen (Copenhagen Business School). is an academic research group founded in early 2010 and aiming at generating and diffusing knowledge about seaports ( 

2006-2014: President of ITMMA - University of Antwerp

ITMMA (Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp), founded in 1996, was a highly successful and world-leading interfaculty institute of University of Antwerp offering master programs, a PhD program, a postgraduate program, short-term courses, events and conferences and research and consultancy in the area of shipping and ports. The teaching programs under the brand name ITMMA were discontinued in 2015 following a decision of the University of Antwerp. Its master programs have been taken over in a modified form by C-MAT (Center for Maritime and Air Transport Management) which is managed by Department TPR of the Faculty of Applied Economics. 

2009-2010: Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Asian Logistics Round Table (ALRT).

Founded in 2007, ALRT is an international cooperation program between academic research centers to address research questions linked to transport and logistics, mainly in Asia. ALRT organizes conferences (ALRT2007 - Taiwan,  ALRT2008 - Taiwan, ALRT2009 - Incheon, Korea, ALRT2010 - Antwerp, ALRT2012 - Vancouver, ALRT2014 - Bangkok and ALRT2015, Taiwan) and is developing several research tracks between partner universities. 

2009-2014: Chairman of the Board of Directors of BITO  (Belgian Institute for Transport Organizers)

BITO is an official institute of the Belgian Federal Government with a broad membership including the main companies and branch organisations in logistics and freight forwarding in Belgium .

2007-2009: Member of the Board of Directors of the Benelux Interuniversity group of transport economists -  BIVEC .

BIVEC is a major academic association of transport economists in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. Its activities include the BIVEC Research Days, Benelux-BIVEC conference and seminars and the BIVEC Ph.D. award. 

 Former Associate Editor of  Maritime Policy and Management (now member of Editorial Panel)

 Member of editorial board of Journal of Shipping and Trade

 Member of editorial board of Journal of Transport Geography  

 Member of the editorial board of WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs  

 Member of the editorial board of Maritime Economics and Logistics 

 Member of the editorial board of International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics

 Member of the editorial board of Maritime Business Review (MABR)

 Member of the editoral board of Journal of International Logistics and Trade (JILT)

 Member of the editorial board De Grote Rede.

 Past member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift Vervoerwetenschap between 2000 and 2008.

Member of Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences , IAME  and BIVEC    

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