In a nutshell


An intensive immersion into the world of urban logistics, based on an introductory module covering all aspects of urban logistics (week 1) and an optional assignment preparation week (week 2) focusing on innovation and sustainability in the Industry in all its facets.


Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium


19 - 30 August 2019

+ Optional (for assignment preparation) 26 - 30 August


Undergraduate,  postgraduate and professionals from all backgrounds and levels, with a strong interest in urban logistics.

External partners

TransportNET, in particular University of Lisbon

Course description

Academic circles as well as governments have only grown the focus on urban logistics in recent years. This is because, on the one hand, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas and they account for 70% of total GDP worldwide (UN, 2017). On the other hand, the urban logistics that brings the goods to these consumers and economic activities causes 20-30% of the total number of kilometers driven and 16-50% of the emissions in these areas (Dablanc, 2007). E-commerce and last-mile delivery surge enormously, but also the problems they bring to cities. Planning and managing the urban transport in urban areas under a dynamic context as today, logistics is key for city sustainable development.

This course provides the necessary background, knowledge and skills to do so. It is composed of two weeks. The first week is composed of an intensive series of interactive lectures. Topics are organised per day: introduction to urban logistics, the economics of the urban last mile, the policy framework for urban logistics initiatives, urban logistics innovation, and Big Data and Smart Cities in an urban logistics context. During the second week, the participants will elaborate a specific assignment in groups, under supervision, including intermediary meeting moments, question rounds and a presentation of results achieved.


3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme. 

Registration fee

Students: €450

Standard tariff: €950

The fee includes orientation and course material, coffee breaks, lunches , farewell dinner, a social activity linked to Flemish culture, and assignment support. Does not include accommodation.

University of Antwerp Students are entitled to a refund of €150 after completion of the summer school.

Application details

Online through Mobility Online before 16 July; and 30 April 2019 for participants subject to visa requirements.