School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Staff Profile

Tom Zunder

Rail Freight & Logistics Research Manager



Tom is a hybrid academic and manager. He has over 25 years experience in supply chain management, primarily logistics, procurement and distribution followed by another decade as an academic researcher and project manager in the same fields. That entire career has had parallel streams of line management, strategic review and change management. Tom is comfortable in multi-site, multi-national organisations with inter-disciplinary teams. He has worked in heavy and medium engineering and been involved in analysing and implementing solutions in road, rail and sea freight. His research work has covered ICT and transport logistics, urban freight and city logistics and railfreight both long and short haul.

Google Scholar Profile

Freight&Logistics News Blog


1997-98 Cranfield University
MSc in Distribution and Logistics.

1983-1986 University of Sheffield
BA Honours in Economic and Social History. Class: Upper Second 2:1


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT)

Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS)


SPECTRUM: Innovative RailFreight Electronic Handbook

Don Quixote and Urban Freight, A Fairy Tale (7 mins)

The Freightwise Video (which I wrote)


Research Interests

urban freight and city logistics
intermodal freight
transport policy
supply chain management
fleet management
rail freight
ICT in transport logistics

Other Expertise

On an IS/IT level Tom has been involved in the specification, design, project management and implementation of various enterprise and supply chain systems. Tom is used to working at Board level and influencing decisions. Tom is a fully qualified procurement professional.

Current Work

    Logistics benchmarking and standards
    research into satellite navigation and vehicle wayfinding
    ongoing research into urban freight and city logistics
    research into the optimisation of intermodal freight using optimised systems
    development of a market based approach to urban freight access
    systems architectures and intermodal freight
    eLogistics field research and gap analysis
    rail freight logistics and operations on a continental cross border scale

    Research Roles

      field researcher
      project manager
      dissemination manager
      senior research associate

      Postgraduate Supervision

        PhD student supervision 2007-present

        Esteem Indicators

        Chair of the BESTFACT conference on “Green Logistics and Co-modality”, Vienna, Sept 2013
        Invited speaker and moderator at the European ITS conference, Dublin June 2013
        Chair of the “Rail Freight Without Borders” Conference, Budapest 2012.
        Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 2011.
        Member of the European Railway Research Advisory Council.
        Invited member of the Tyne and Wear Freight on Rail group, 2011-present.
        Invited member of the Tyne and Wear Freight Quality Partnership, 2010-present.
        Chair of the FREIGHTWISE International Conference; London, UK, April 2010
        Invited Speaker and Chair at the 2nd European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics; Venice, IT,
        Oct 2009

        Chair of FREIGHTWISE International Conference; Prague, CZ, December 2008

        Invited Chair at the BESTUFS International Conference, Athens, Greece, June 2008

        Invited to write leading opinion piece in Rail Freight Handbook 2008

        Chair of FREIGHTWISE International Conference; Newcastle, UK, December 2007

        Presented paper on “Methodology for City Freight Solutions” at ‘eDrul/MEROPE/CITYPORTS’ conference Florence November 2004.

        Articles published on Road Pricing in the CILT UK magazine FOCUS, October and November 2004

        Article published in the ‘Freight Industry Yearbook 2004/2005’

        Presented paper “Road pricing and effect on urban freight” at ‘The Sustainable City 2004’; Siena, Italy 18-19th June 2004.

        Invited speaker at the Polish Logistics Congress; Poznan, Poland, 19-21st May 2004.

        Invited speaker at ‘Integrated Intelligent Transport Solutions’; London, UK, March 2004

        Keynote speaker on “Urban Freight in the European Union” at the Freight and Logistics Symposium; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 5th December 2004

        Chair of the BESTUFS Conference on Urban Freight Logistics and the Environment; Copenhagen, May 2003

        Chair of the BESTUFS Conference on Urban Freight and International Best Practice; Paris, June 2002


          SMARTFUSION, smart urban freight, European Commission, 2012 to 2015

          SPECTRUM, innovative rail freight, European Commission, 2012 to 2015

          eFreight, ICT and Transport Logistics, European Commission, 2010 to 2012

          SUPERGREEN, Green Corridors and Co-modality, European Commission, Jan 2010 to Dec 2013

          BE LOGIC, logistics benchmarking and standards, European Commission, 01 Sept 2008 to 28 Feb 2011

          KOMODA, eLogistics research, European Commission, 01 Jan 2008 to 31 Dec 2009

          RETRACK, railfreight logistics research, European Commission, 01 May 2007 to 30 April 2011

          FREIGHTWISE, systems and intermodality, European Commission, 01 November 2005 to 30 April 2009

          BESTUFS 2, urban logistics research, European Commission, 01 September 2004 to 31 August 2008


          Postgraduate Teaching

          PhD Student Supervision 2007-present

          Rail Freight and Logistics Logistics MSc teaching 2010-present