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Expertise

Applied economic research in strategic (trans)port planning, foreland/port/hinterland relationships and the evaluation of (trans)port policy measures and the competitive position of transport nodes.

Southern African Container Port Dynamics. 15/07/2014 - 19/12/2014

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The political and social reforms in Southern Africa have brought tremendous economic opportunities and spurred infrastructure development to the region. Given that 41% of the maritime container traffic of the entire continent is captured in Southern Africa, Port development is a crucial enabler of trade, economic growth and employment to the region. The ongoing doctoral research is focused on the regional container port development in Southern Africa, specifically the ports of Toamasina, Port Louis, Maputo, Durban, Nctqura, Cape Town and Walvis Bay. The main objective of my research is to critically evaluate the key drivers of port development in developing countries from five perspectives. (1) Container traffic flows and shift share competitive dynamics, (2) Corridor and Hinterland dynamics (3) Port Institutional reformation (4) Maritime Network perspectives and (5) Financing sources for port development. This five dimensional port analysis will then be used to provide clear policy recommendations to policy makers from all five perspectives of port development. Much of the current port development research is largely focused on European, Asian or North American cases and as such regional African port systems are under researched. This PhD project follows the 'paper based' approach. Separate academic research papers (peer reviewed by academic journals or academic conferences) which were written in accordance with the broad theme of. The research methods applied are both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In terms of the contribution this research , two of the five papers apply existing quantitative techniques for the first time to this Southern African regional case (Regional shift share analysis and graph theory). The remaining three chapters developed new qualitative frameworks or quantitative research models and applied these new techniques to test hypothesis/answer the research questions of this study. Overall, this research provides a relevant and meaningful contribution to regional policy makers and port stakeholders port development endeavors and also presents a contribution to academic research in the field .

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    Feasibility study Antwerp as a 'world leading maritime service center in terms of' 'finance, Insurance and legal'. 10/07/2014 - 03/11/2014

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    This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the client. UA provides the client research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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      EC-CHiNa Research Network on Integrated Container Supply Chains (ENRICH). 01/10/2013 - 30/09/2017

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      The overall aim of this proposed exchange programme "ENRICH" is to bring together an international team of researchers to establish a research network, with a wide variety of skills in operations research, safety and security studies, green logistics, economic modelling, ICT, and intermodal management to develop a container supply chain (CSC) integration methodology, The aim is to address long-lasting changes in operational, environmental, economic, technical and managerial practices in different segments of the rail, road, air and sea transport industries from an overall supply chain perspective.

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        Transport and maritime economics. 06/09/2013 - 05/05/2015

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        This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Erasmus Mundus. UA provides Erasmus Mundus research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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          Ports Observatory for Performance Indicator Analysis (PORTOPIA). 01/09/2013 - 30/11/2017

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          PORTOPIA presents a consortium of academic, research and industrial partners. The EU-funded project aims to develop, next to extensions of existing indicators within the different perspectives of port performance, innovative approaches for the industry's stakeholders.

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            Socio-economic impact of the port of Antwerp in the hinterland. 01/07/2013 - 30/09/2014

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            This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand the Province of Antwerp. UA provides the Province of Antwerp research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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              Organization of trade in the Rotterdam region. 19/06/2013 - 31/12/2013

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              The municipality of Rotterdam wants to examine how trade in the regio of Rotterdam is organized, in which niches the future potential of tradeactivities is situated and which possibilities exist to exploit this potential.

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                An economic and institutional analysis of factors affecting port competition and coordination in the sub-Saharan Africa container port system. 11/09/2011 - 10/07/2014

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                This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Erasmus Mundus. UA provides Erasmus Mundus research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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                  The European academic and industry network for innovative maritime training, education and R&D (KNOW-ME). 01/06/2011 - 31/05/2014

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                  The Community's maritime sector must sustain and improve its competitive advantage, with the groundwork for future international competitiveness resting with high quality and innovative education and training. Employees in the maritime transport sector need innovative educational opportunities that focus on their special working conditions. The KNow-ME project addresses this need by engendering a modern 'image of shipping' which attracts young people to maritime careers at sea and ashore and instils an awareness of the industry as a driver of EU development and an attractive employer.

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                    An economic, geographical and institutional analysis of the development of the Chinese container port system. 01/09/2010 - 30/06/2013

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                    This research project is aimed at analyzing economic, geographical and institutional dynamics in the development of the Chinese container port system. The study will also provide a comparative analysis with other container port systems in the world in view of identifying best practices, generic solutions and regionalism in port development patterns.

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                      Location analysis of value-added logistics services in supply chains for Chinese export products. 01/08/2010 - 31/05/2013

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                      The research project is aimed at analyzing decisions in supply chains with regard to the location of value-added logistics services. A specific focus is on export cargo flows from China to Europe and North-America and on the competition between Chinese logistics zones and prime gateway locations near the main consumption markets in Europe and North-America.

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                        An economic, geographical and institutional analysis of the development of the Chinese container port system. 01/06/2010 - 31/03/2013

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                        This research project is aimed at analyzing economic, geographical and institutional dynamics in the development of the Chinese container port system. The study will also provide a comparative analysis with other container port systems in the world in view of identifying best practices, generic solutions and regionalism in port development patterns.

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                          Port Performance Indicators: selection and measurement (PRISM). 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2012

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                          This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand EU. UA provides EU research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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                            Land management strategies for seaport authorities. 19/11/2009 - 31/12/2013

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                            This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen. UA provides Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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                              The province of Antwerp in the global logistics system. 01/10/2008 - 30/10/2010

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                              The Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) of the University of Antwerp in cooperation with the Port Center Lillo will jointly develop a project aimed at providing a better insight in the logistics position of the Provnice of Antwerp in global logistics flows and the logistics attractiviteness of the region.

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                                Development of a China strategy. 28/09/2007 - 27/09/2008

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                                  Pre-feasibility study for an Underground Container Transport System for the Deurganckdock in the port of Antwerp. 01/01/2005 - 30/09/2006

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                                  The Deurganckdock container dock is expected to induce significant container traffic between the left bank and the right bank of the river Scheldt in the port of Antwerp. The current hinterland transportation modes might not be able to accommodate this increase in container traffic. This research project is a pre-feasibility study to explore the potential of an underground container transport system for moving containers between both river banks.

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                                  • Promotor: Winkelmans Willy
                                  • Co-promotor: Dullaert Wout
                                  • Co-promotor: Notteboom Theo

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                                    Strategic study on a logistics perspective of port labour systems in the Flemish ports. 16/08/2004 - 31/01/2005

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                                    This study aims to analyse the current and future role of port labour in the Flemish ports in light of the competitiveness of Flanders as a logistics region. The analysis includes an evaluation of the current port labour systems in light of logistics Flanders. Recommendations are made in order to reform existing port labour systems, so as to improve the competitive advantage of Flemish ports and the logistics Flanders as a whole.

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