1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Logistics

Edited By Jason Monios, Lucy Budd, Stephen Ison Copyright 2023
    448 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 have 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 five topic areas that reflect the increasingly diverse nature of current research and thinking in urban logistics: transport modes, urban logistics sectors, technical analysis, policy, and sustainability. Each chapter provides an overview of current knowledge, identifies issues and 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.


    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 Osypchuk and Stanisław 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. Lóránt 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 acceptability 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 Holguín-Veras and Stephen Ison

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

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


    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 €1 m 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 Co-Editor-in-Chief of Research in Transportation Business and Management and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Transport Geography, the Journal of Air Transport Management, the Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, Transport Policy and Transport Reviews. Her research interests comprise aspects of urban transport policy and operations, including equity and sustainability. She has published over 100 papers and edited 14 books in the area of transport management.

    Stephen Ison is Professor of Transport Policy in Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He has published widely in the area of economics and transport policy. 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 (Elsevier), Associate Editor of Transportation Planning and Technology and book series co-editor of Transport and Sustainability (Emerald). He is on the Editorial Board of Transport Policy and Transport Economics and Management.