Urban freight research is now an established field within European academic centers, taking advantage of increasing data availability, new corporate and government sponsors, and increased interest from practitioners and local decision-makers. Professor Dablanc will present some of the recent issues and research findings from her team, including some recent European Union funded projects she participated in. Topics covered include e-commerce deliveries and "instant deliveries", urban freight data and models, freight urban planning, warehouses, logistics sprawl, city logistics innovations and electric delivery vehicles in European cities.
Dr. Laetitia Dablanc, an urban planner, is Professor at the University of Paris-East/French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport (IFSTTAR) and a member of MetroFreight, a Volvo Research and Education Foundation (VREF) Center of Excellence in urban freight research (University of Southern California). She leads the Young Initiative of the World Conference of Transport Research Society. Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, freight policies, and spatial issues related to logistics. She received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She was initially trained in policy analysis and economics at Science Po Paris. She was a part-time visiting professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2016-2018).
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- E-commerce trends and implications for urban logistics (in Browne, M., Behrends, S., Woxenius, J., Giuliano, G., Holguin-Veras, J. 2019, Urban logistics. Management, policy and innovation in a rapidly changing environment. Kogan Page, London, pp. 167-195.)