Dr Dewan Islam
Freight Logistics Academic and Researcher

  • Email: dewan.islam@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3972
  • Personal Website: www.newrail.org
  • Address: NewRail Research Hub
    Stephenson Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom


Dr. Islam is a freight logistics researcher and academic. He is a Research Associate with major research interests in sustainable transport and logistics, port centric logistics, supply chain and urban freight logistics, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Dr. Islam’s PhD research was on the International Freight Transport Multimodal Development for Developing Countries. Before this, he worked in the Planning Department for ports, shipping and inland waterways transport sector of Government of Bangladesh for about ten years.

As a module leader, Dr Islam teaches International Logistics for postgraduate students. Currently he is supervising one postgraduate researcher in Port centric logistics area.


Born and brought up in Bangladesh, in 1965;
Completed school education from Mokter Para High School, Naogaon,1980;
Completed intermediate (equivalent to six form in the UK) level education from Naogaon Government College, 1980-82;
Completed four years' (Mechanical) Engineering studies from Rajshahi Univeristy of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh, 1987;
Maried in Naogaon, June, 1991;
First child (daughter), born in Malmo, Sweden, November, 1994
Achieved MSc in Port Management from World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden, 1995;
Second child (son), born in Plymouth, UK, 2000,
Achieved PhD degree in the field of International Logistics and Supply Chian Management, from Univeristy of Plymouth, UK, in 2005.

Joined Newcastle University 1st February 2006  

Roles and Responsibilities

Research in Internaitonal Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Intermodal Transport, Rail Freight Transport, Waterways Transport

Teaching in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Supervising one postgraduate research;

Supervising one Research Assistant.


PhD in field of International Logistics and Supply Chian Management, from Univeristy of Plymouth, 2005, UK;
MSc in Port Management from World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden, 1995;
BSc Mechanical Engineering, Rajshahi Univeristy of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh, 1987;
Centificate Course in Economics from Dhaka College, Dhaka University, 1989.


Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK.
Committee member, Tyne Tees Group, CILT.
Member North East Region Policy Committee, CILT.
Member North East Region Committee Working Group, CILT.
Registered partner, Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (www.gfptt.org)


Bengali and English

Informal Interests

Global politics,
Keeping up-to-dated with world news;
Eating tasty Bangladesi sweet water fish.

Research Interests

Intermodal freight transport;
Port centric logistics; Rail freight transport;
Supply chain management;
Sustainable transport systems development;
Transport policy;
Urban freight logistics;
Waterways freight transport.

Current Work

Rail freight forecast 2050 for Europe;

Rail rolling stock breakdown 2050 for Europe;

Cost Benefit analysis of adoption of differing interventions to prevent rail derailments and/or reduce its impact;

Rail freight system development for Low Density High Value goods for Europe;  

Benchmarking transport chains;
Logistics quality standards;
Cross border rail freight;
Soci-economic evaluation of rail freight operations;

Future Research

Sustainable logistics and supply chain; Port centric Logistics, Europe Asia rail freight transport

Esteem Indicators

Internal Examiner for PhD Candidate, 4th December 2013, 

Executive Board Member, Capacity4Rail Project (EU funded).

Member, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Team for Capacity4Rail Project (EU funded).  

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK.

Event coordinator, Tyne Tees Group.

Member CILT N E Policy Committee.

Member CILT N E Committee Working Group.

Member, Scientific Committee, eFreight conference, Delft, NL, 2012.

Invited speaker in ‘Rail Freight Workshop’ held in London on 12th November 2009.

Invited speaker in international conference titled ‘Poznan Logistics Congress’, E-logistics platform for co-modal freight transport business.- Looking for the best solution with Delphi study, 07.05.2008, Poznan, Poland.

Invited speaker, International conference on Logistics, Best Urban Freight Solution, Padua, Italy, April 07.

Referee for International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (Oct-Nov 2011, Aug 2012).

Referee for Benchmarking: an International Journal (October-November 2011).

Referee for WCTR Conference Lisbon, Portugal, March 2010 (July 2010).

Referee for proposed new edition of the book Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management by  John Mangan, Chandra Lalwani & Tim Butcher (March 2010).

Referee for international journal of Transport Policy, (February 2010). 

Chaired meeting with the participation of international (European) project consortium partners.


  • D RAIL
    Project Leader(s): Professor Mark Robinson
    D-RAIL will focus on freight traffic, identifying root causes of derailment of particular significance to freight vehicles, which have a wider range of operating parameters (as a result of the huge range in loads, speeds and maintenance quality) than...
    Project Leader(s): Mr TH Zunder
    The EC has entered into a contract for the RETRACK consortium to research, develop and implement a rail freight corridor from Rotterdam to Constanza.  In the RETRACK Consortium, new and upcoming European rail freight operators...
    Project Leader(s): Mr TH Zunder
    Modern manufacturing techniques and logistics require reliable, time sensitive delivery of lower density and higher value goods. This presents a market opportunity for rail freight to grow, partly due to increasing congestion on roads...

Postgraduate Teaching

Module leader and lecturer in Freight Transport Logistics module (MEC 8033) for postgraduate students.