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The Routledge Handbook of Urban Logistics

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ISBN 9781032148571
June 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
456 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Logistics offers a state of the art, comprehensive overview of the discipline of urban and city logistics. The COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in internet shopping in particular has placed new demands on urban logistics which require innovative technological and policy responses. Similarly, the necessity for sustainable urban logistics offers both a challenge and opportunity for development and seeks to address traffic congestion, local air quality, traffic related degradation, the use of energy, safety aspects and noise.

Featuring contributions from world-leading, international scholars, the chapters examine concepts, issues and ideas across six topic areas that reflect the increasingly diverse nature of current research and thinking in urban logistics: key features of urban logistics, freight transport, sectors in urban logistics, technical aspects, policy, and environmental and social sustainability. Each chapter provides an overview of current knowledge, identifies issues, discusses the relevant debates in urban logistics and the future research agenda.

This handbook offers a single repository on the current state of knowledge, written from a practical perspective, utilising theory that is applied and developed using real-work examples. It is an essential reference for researchers, academics and students working in all areas of urban logistics, from policy and planning to technology and sustainability, in addition to industry practitioners looking to develop their professional knowledge.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction to urban logistics: key challenges and current debates
  2. Jason Monios, Lucy Budd and Stephen Ison

  3. The role of urban logistics in the city economy
  4. Michael Browne and Sam McLeod


    A. Transport Modes

  5. Road transport and urban logistics
  6. Maja Piecyk and Julian Allen

  7. The use of rail and water in urban logistics
  8. Allan Woodburn

  9. Cycle logistics: Sustaining the last mile
  10. Jonathan Cowie and Keith Fisken

  11. Drones: The scope for integration into multi-modal urban logistics services
  12. Matt Grote, Andy Oakey, Aliaksei Pilko, Angela Smith and Tom Cherrett

  13. Integrating freight and passenger transport for urban logistics
  14. Silvio Nocera, Francesco Bruzzone and Federico Cavallaro


    B. Urban Logistics Sectors

  15. Parcel deliveries as a pioneer for climate neutrality: the case of Ecozone in Mechelen (Belgium)
  16. Koen Mommens and Cathy Macharis

  17. Urban logistics and retailing
  18. Leigh Sparks

  19. Dark stores as a post pandemic omnichannel strategy: implications for urban logistics
  20. Heleen Buldeo Rai

  21. Food logistics
  22. Eleonora Morganti

  23. Healthcare and urban logistics
  24. Liz Breen, Sarah Schiffling and Ying Xie

  25. Construction and urban logistics
  26. Russell G. Thompson, Oleksandra Osypchuka and Stanislaw Iwan


    C. Technical Analysis

  27. Facility locations in urban logistics
  28. Takanori Sakai, Adrien Beziat and Adeline Heitz

  29. Multi-echelon urban distribution networks: models, challenges and perspectives
  30. Imen Ben Mohamed, Olivier Labarthe, Yann Bouchery, Walid Klibi and Gautier Stauffer

  31. Computing technology and its applications in urban logistics
  32. Lóri Tavasszy and Hans Quak

  33. Small containers for evolving logistics in changing cities
  34. Michael G. H. Bell, Veronica Schulz and Shengda Zhu


    D. Policy

  35. Policy and planning for urban logistics
  36. Laetitia Dablanc

  37. Policy acceptance and implementation in urban logistics
  38. Edoardo Marcucci, Valerio Gatta and Ila Maltese

  39. The role of road pricing and incentives in urban logistics management
  40. Oriana Calderón, José Holguin-Veras and Stephen Ison

  41. Urban consolidation centres
  42. Emine Zehra Akgün and Jason Monios

  43. Success factors for urban logistics pilot studies
  44. Anne Goodchild, Andisheh Ranjbari and Elizabeth Guzy

    E. Sustainability

  45. Climate change and urban logistics
  46. Maria Attard

  47. Decarbonising road freight and alternative fuels for urban logistics
  48. Genevieve Giuliano and Sue Dexter

  49. Urban logistics in the Global South
  50. Nora Mareï

  51. Urban logistics in megacities
  52. Quan Yuan and Zhiwei Yang

  53. The gig economy and urban logistics
  54. Geraint Harvey, Naveena Prakasam and Refat Shakirzhanov

  55. Gender diversity in urban logistics
  56. Anicia Jaegler, Salomée Ruel, Nadine Kafa and Lucy Budd

  57. Post-pandemic impacts of COVID-19 on urban logistics

          John R. Bryson


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Jason Monios is Professor of Maritime Logistics at Kedge Business School, Marseille, France. His research revolves around three key areas: maritime transport (port system evolution, collaboration and integration in port hinterlands, port and shipping governance and policy, institutional and regulatory settings), intermodal transport (corridors, dry ports, terminal development, business models and logistics strategies, also including urban logistics) and sustainability and environmental concerns (maritime sustainability, decarbonisation and environmental policy, green ports, climate change adaptation, autonomous and electric vehicles). He has led numerous research projects on these topics with a total budget of over €1m and contributed to many others. He has worked with national and regional transport authorities and authored technical reports with UNCTAD, UN-ECLAC and the World Bank. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including 7 books. The most recent Stanford/Elsevier ranking placed him in the top 2% of logistics researchers globally, and in 2022 his work on climate change adaptation was cited in the IPCC report.

Lucy Budd is a human geographer and Professor of Transport Management at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, UK. She is an Editor of Research in Transportation Business and Management. Her research addresses many aspects of urban transport policy and operations, including sustainability. She has published over 100 papers and edited 14 books in the area of transport management.

Stephen Ison is Professor of Transport Policy within Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He has published widely in the area of economics and transport policy, including transport and sustainability, regulation and deregulation, and the use of the market-mechanism for addressing transport externalities. He has edited, authored or co-authored twenty books, and published over 140 peer reviewed journal papers. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the World Conference on Transport Research, Founding Editor of the journal Research in Transportation Business and Management and book series co-editor of Transport and Sustainability.