CILT - Logistics Research Network (LRN)



What is LRN?

The LRN is an informal network of academics, researchers, practitioners and other interested individuals working in the area of logistics, supply chain management and operations management. Its main objective is to facilitate the generation, promotion and dissemination of relevant research. The LRN looks to improve upon the areas in which it serves and aims to have the research generated by the forum members make impactful contributions to the logistics, supply chain and operations management professions.

LRN Strategy

LRN is committed to the promotion of excellence in all aspects of supply chain research. It achieves this through the promotion of multidisciplinary work across its network of participating universities in the UK and overseas, as well as through collaboration with business and industry. LRN also recognises and encourages excellence through its various award schemes. It also pays close attention to the development of the next generation of logistics researchers (particularly through its annual PhD workshop). LRN also places a strong emphasis on collaboration with other research networks in related fields and in other parts of the world, as well as with partners from business and industry. The latter reflects the Network’s aspiration to become a focal point for research which has a positive impact on economic and wider societal wellbeing. LRN recognises that the effective communication of research findings is critically important and has developed various mechanisms in this regard. These include the Annual Conference, the International Journal of Logistics and LRN’s various other events and workshops.

LRN Conference and PhD Workshops


The LRN forum holds an annual conference every year to enable researchers to share ideas and research with each other whilst getting practical input from industry on possible application.

Held in September, the conference is held at a different university each year. In addition to the conference, a PhD workshop is put on to offer advice and guidance. 

Please visit the LRN conference page for more information.

Seed Corn Research Fund

Enabling the exploration of transport, supply chain and logistics issues in the UK and Ireland.  The Seed Corn Fund was set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.The fund helps to encourage UK and Irish universities to develop their research capabilities.  By supporting small scale research projects in universities, the grant assists researchers working in emerging (research) groups in the hope that this will lead to the development of larger scale projects which will be able to attract funding from other commercial and public sources. 

With this in mind, it is unlikely that the funding for any one project under this scheme will exceed £7,500 other than in exceptional circumstances.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the CILT(UK) Seed Corn Fund

The grant is awarded annually.

Find out more here.

Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards

Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards

CILT sponsors the Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards which are presented each year at the LRN Conference Dinner. 

The LRN Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards 2022 are now open. 


The Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards are split into the following categories:



The successful students wlll receive a personal cheque, a certificate - presented at the LRN Conference Dinner on Thursday 8 September in Birmingham, as well as a guest invitation to the dinner. 


Awards are open to students based at UK and Ireland universities whose dissertations have been examined and passed during the appropriate calendar year. No more than one nomination per named degree course may be submitted and resubmissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be accompanied by a nomination form.

For the purpose of the Dissertation Awards, logistics is defined as:

The management, planning, implementation and control of the efficient and effective procurement, movement and storage of goods (materials, parts and finished product inventory) and services and the relation information flows between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to achieve cost-effective customer satisfaction.


BSc MSc Dissertation Guidelines 2022

BSc MSc Nomination Form 2022


James Cooper Memorial Cup (PhD)

CILT sponsors the James Cooper Memorial Cup which is presented each year at the LRN Conference Dinner. 

The LRN James Cooper Cup Award 2022 is now open. 


The Award, in memory of Professor James Cooper, was inaugurated in 2000. It is presented annually to students at UK or Ireland universities. The Award is for research that makes an original contribution to the field and is directly relevant to the management of logistics and distribution. Submissions must clearly demonstrate the aforementioned criteria and may be submitted by the individual or his/her supervisor.

The successful candidate will receive a personal cheque, a certificate and the James Cooper Memorial Cup (for one year, to be returned the following year) - presented at the LRN Conference Dinner on Thursday 8 September at Aston University, Birmingham, as well as a guest invitation to the dinner. 

If your graduation ceremony has been postponed due to Covid-19, we will accept those who have passed their viva with approval within the timeframe.


PhD Dissertation Guidelines 2022

PhD Nomination Form 2022


Past Dissertation of the Year Awards

2021 Winners


Tianna Sahota, Aston University - The impact of social media on supply chain efficency


Adrian Byrne, Technology University Dublin - A study of prevailing factors driving gender inequality within supply chain & logistics leadership roles despite projected industry skills shortages

James Cooper Memorial Cup

Dr Evanthia Thanou, Aston University - Supply chain readiness and capability assessment for upscaling


2020 Winners


Eloise Wright, University of Huddersfield - Investigating social capital within the buyer-supplier relationship and the connection to supply chain operations


Narendra Utama, Newcastle University - Delivery capacity improvement in road transport operations through routing optimisation and lean concept: A case study of a food redistribution organisation in the UK.


2019 Winners


Andrew Oakey, University of Southampton - Investigating the potential of portering as a last-mile delivery method to improve the sustainablility of parcel deliveries in London


Zepeng Wu, Cardiff University - Catering Food Waste Management in the UK: Causes and Effects Diagram Using MCDM

James Cooper Memorial Cup

Stanley Lim, Cambridge University - Examining last-mile supply networks in e-commerce omnichannel retailing: A supply network configuration approach


2018 Winners


Kirsty Spurrell, Aston University - An investigation into the efficiency of materials flows within a functioning automotive assembly plant


Janet Kavanagh, Dublin Institute of Technology - Co-opetition with a supply chain lens, can it add a strategic advantage?

Thao Vu Phuong, University of Hull - Logistics Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction in Hai Phong (Vietnam)

James Cooper Memorial Cup

Haiyan Lu, Cardiff University - Investigation of sustainable supply chains implementation: A social network perspective

Investigation of sustainable supply chains implementation: A social network perspective


2017 Winners


Serena Martin, Aston University - An analysis of local foodbank logistics


Graham Kirkup, Cranfield University - Simulation modelling of blood product deliveries to hospitals in the UK

James Cooper Memorial Cup

Agustina Calatayud Ph.D, Newcastle University - Understanding connectivity to international markets: a complex network perspective

International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications

International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications publishes original and challenging work that has a clear applicability to the business world. As a result the journal concentrates on papers of an academic journal standard but aimed at the practitioner as much as the academic. High quality contributions are therefore welcomed from both academics and professionals working in the field of logistics and supply chain management. Papers should further our understanding of logistics and supply chain management and make a significant original contribution to knowledge. In this context the term ’logistics’ is taken in its broadest context as "the management of processes, flow of materials and associated information along the entire supply chain, from raw materials through to the final user of the product". The journal is purchased on a volume basis containing 6 issues a year.


To buy a personal subscription, please contact The Knowledge Centre


CILT(UK) University Accredited Degrees

CILT Accreditation gives your qualifications a universally recognised stamp of approval, and thus a competitive advantage within the industry.

Accredited University degrees offer exemption from the Education Requirements for Chartered Membership of the CILT. The accredited programmes should provide development of in-depth knowledge and skills in specific areas of logistics and transport or related areas.

To find out more click here or contact our professional development department.

For a listing of Universities who have been awarded CILT(UK) degree accreditation, please click here.

Academic Partnerships

Adding value to your transport, logistics and supply chain courses

CILT’s Academic Partnership offering allows educational institutions and training suppliers to select from a menu of benefit options from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport CILT(UK) in order to shape a package which best suits their needs.

Find out more here.

For a listing of current Academic Partners, please click here.

LRN Papers

View full papers for Annual Logistics Research Network Conference 2019 - View here


View the Full Proceedings from previous years in our archive.



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