Professor D John Mangan
Professor of Marine Transport and Logistics

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  • Address: School of Marine Science and Technology
    Armstrong Building
    University of Newcastle
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


John Mangan joined from the University of Hull in September 2008 where he held the Peter Thompson Chair in Logistics and he was also the founding director of the Logistics Institute at Hull. Prior to this he held academic posts at University College Dublin and at The Irish Management Institute / Trinity College Dublin. A native of Cork in Ireland, John first worked as a freight clerk with Aer Lingus, as an analyst with the Irish airports authority, as a graduate trainee in the Irish Civil Service (in both the Marine and Treasury departments), as company secretary of a seaweed harvesting company, and then embarked upon an academic career.

Research Interests

Marine Transport - port governance, port choice, port-centric logistics; container flows & transhipment.

Global logistics - indices & connectivity; logistics & economic development.

Logistics & the environment - supply chain mapping & carbon footprinting; measurement of environmental impact. 

I also have a keen research interest in management and skills development in logistics and transport, and in research philosophy and methodological triangulation.

Principal Investigator on the EPSRC funded project 'Low Carbon Shipping' (

Postgraduate Supervision

As per the above Research Interests.

Esteem Indicators

Chair of the Professional Development Committee, and Member of the Research Coordination Committee, of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Visiting Professor at the University of Hull Business School.

Currently external examiner at Westminster University and at University College Dublin.

Member of the editorial advisory boards of the International Journal of Logistics Management, The International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.

Chaired international conferences: Low Carbon Shipping 2012; Logistics Research Network 2007. 

Extensive international teaching experience (up to PhD level) on both accredited and executive programmes in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

Wide range of consulting experience in transport / logistics / procurement / supply chain management for a range of clients across a variety of sectors.

Vice-Chair (2006/2007) of the High Level Expert Panel reviewing the EU’s COST programme (European Cooperation in Scientific and Technical Research).

Research detailed in the prestigious Sloan Management Review (2006) 47 (2) (p8).

Taught the international logistics course on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MLog programme in 2004.

Paper on research methodology in logistics (Mangan et al (2004) in the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management 34 (565-578)) is now one of the most downloaded papers in that journal.

Chaired, at the request of Ireland’s Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources, the Task Force on Transport Logistics in Relation to Ports (final report launched by the Minister in April 2002).

Ph.D. thesis ranked fifth worldwide in the biannual competition hosted by the International Journal of Maritime Economics (2002).

Winner of both the 1999 European Foundation for Management Development (efmd) European Case Writing Competition (Public Sector Management Category) and the European Case Clearing House (ECCH) Irish Case Writing Competition (Public Sector Management Category).

Fulbright Scholar to Boston College (1997).

Awarded the Kersten Hunik medal by the Chartered Institute of Transport in Ireland (1994).

Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) travelling scholarship for MSc. Thesis (1991).