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Uni Sallnäs

Associate Professor, Head of Division, Docent

Greener supply chains through increased collaboration

Environmentally sound logistics is of great importance to meet many of the environmental and sustainability challenges that exist. My research focusses around how collaboration between companies and organisations can be designed to achieve such green logistics.

I defended my dissertation in logistics in 2014 and have since the start of my doctoral studies focused on the area of green logistics. Logistics is about the planning of how products go from suppliers to customers in a way that keeps costs down and service levels high. In green logistics, a third parameter is added to costs and service, namely the environment. The area has been advancing in research for many years. In recent years companies' interest has also increased considerably. This is not only exciting, but also a necessity to move towards a sustainable society.

I am interested in understanding how logistics can be developed from an environmental point of view. I do this by collaborating with companies through interviews and company visits, through surveys and through website studies. Theoretically, I think that inter-organizational collaboration is particularly exciting, and I study collaboration based on theoretical perspectives such as coordination, trust, balances of power between companies, the stakeholder theory and network approaches. The theories are applied to different contexts, where retail companies and e-commerce companies and logistics companies are of particular interest in my research.

I belong to the Division of Logistics and Quality Management at the Department of Management and Engineering. Since 2022, I am head of the division. Before that, I was director of studies with overall responsibility for undergraduate education at the division.

Short summary

Academic short facts

  • Head of Division (2021- )

  • Associate professor ("docent") (2022)

  • Director of Studies (218-2021)

  • Project leader of e-commerce project (2019-2023)

  • Supervisor/assistant supervisor for doctoral students

  • Researcher in modal-shift project (2018-2021)

  • Senior lecturer (2016)

  • Responsible for symposium in environmental logistics (2015)

  • Post-doctoral scholarship Swedish Trade Council (2014-2018)

  • Junior university lecturer (2014)

  • PhD, Linköping University, Sweden 2014

  • Licentiate degree, Linköping University, Sweden, 2011

  • Master of engineering and management, Linköping University, Sweden, 2009



  • Emerald/EFMD outstanding doctoral award, 2015
  • International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association’s scholarship for PhD thesis, 2014
  • Best PhD paper at logistics conference Nofoma in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013






  • Supervisor and examiner of master theses
  • Lecturer in several logistics courses
  • Examiner in Purchasing course




Maria Huge-Brodin, Uni Sallnäs, Jason Martin (2024) Learning in the supply chain to accelerate the electrification of freight transport
Henrik Gillström, My Jobrant, Uni Sallnäs (2024) Towards building an understanding of electrification of logistics systems - A literature review and a research agenda CLEANER LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN, Vol. 10, Article 100134 Continue to DOI


My Jobrant, Uni Sallnäs, Henrik Gillström (2023) With Whom to Coordinate and How?: Towards the Adoption of Heavy-Duty Battery Electric Vehicles
Uni Sallnäs, Linnea Haag (2023) Towards green distribution alternatives for consumers: The influence of dependencies between actors The 27th Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) – CILT(UK), Logistics Research Network (LRN)
Uni Sallnäs, Fredrik Eng-Larsson, Linnea Haag, Maria Huge-Brodin, Maria Björklund (2023) Slutrapport: Hållbar distribution i e-handeln: Hur kan klimatsmarta leveransalternativ underlättas?