3.8 - City Logistics

Project Description

This thesis explores the relation between the organization of logistic activities and the impact in the organization of urban space and explores the possibilities of implementation of better forms of organizing logistic activities.

Three main areas of study will be covered:

  • Organizational forms of logistic activities. From the autoorganized to the collaborative systems;
  • The organization of the logistics in the urban areas. Activities and distribution needs;
  • Evaluation of organizational forms. Proposal for more efficient forms of organizing the distribution in urban areas. Proj_3.8.jpeg

Research Team
  • Sandra Melo (PhD Student)
  • Prof. Álvaro Costa (Supervisor)
Financial Support
  • The PhD is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.
Stage of Progress
  • The Project started on the 1st February 2005 and is the continuation of ongoing research on the subject of City Logistics


Scientific Papers in Other Refereed Journals

  • Melo, S and Á. Costa (2006) "O abastecimento de mercadorias nas cidades - o papel dos profissionais de planeamento", Revista Planeamento 3 , pp 55-62
  • Melo, S; Costa, A (2004) "Relationships between goods distribution and public transport in urban areas - The case of a hypermarket in Porto", Logistic systems for sustainable cities 1 , pp 459-467

Papers in Proceedings of Scientific Meetings

  • Melo, S; Costa Á (2007) "Effects of collaborative systems on urban goods distribution", in Proceedings da 11th World Conference on Transport Research 24-28 June, Berkeley, United States CD ROM
  • Melo, S; Costa, Á; Teixeira, E (2007) "The importance of the regulation of the access of goods vehicles - case study carried out in Porto (Portugal)", in Proceedings da 11th World Conference on Transport Research 24 - 28 June, Berkeley, United States CD ROM
  • Melo, S; Costa Á (2004) "The importance of collaborative systems in urban goods movements - a portuguese study", in 10th World Conference on Transport Research , Istanbul, Turkey