Sustainable logistics is an exciting field in a period of rapid development. Sustainable logistics concerns reducing the harmful impact on the environment and increasing the way in which citizens take their social responsibility seriously in current and future logistics systems. The field is, however, much larger than that. If we are to meet the objectives set by, for example, Agenda 2030, we must re-evaluate the role of logistics in society and increase logistics expertise in accordance with this. Logistics and logistics expertise are no longer something that only companies are interested in: knowledge must also be developed and adapted for new target groups.
Three central starting points for my research are collaboration between actors in the supply chains and those outside, sustainable business models, and the power of innovation and innovative thinking. The challenges we are facing today are too large and complex for one organisation alone. We must develop and deepen our forms of collaboration, with both existing and new actors. A broad perspective for business models is necessary – one that includes the resources base, roles and relationships, together with customers and income streams. We must develop new patterns of thought and not simply innovative technology: we can find innovations in sustainable logistics in, for example, new forms of organisation.
My research covers topics such as city logistics, environmental and social considerations in the procurement of logistics services, the development of attractive and sustainable services by logistics providers, business models for circular flows, and how companies and organisations can collaborate to ensure that the complete supply chain becomes more sustainable.
I lead research projects and supervise doctoral students. I also work actively to improve doctoral education in the department. Since 2010, I have published more than 20 articles in international scientific journals, and nearly 40 refereed conference contributions. In addition, I am the author of three textbooks and several book chapters and reports.