Dr Marin Marinov
Rail Education Group Manager


Dr. Marin Marinov is the Rail Education Group Manager, responsible for NewRail's teaching and learning profile.

His educational background includes Technology, Organisation and Management of Train Movement. His Ph.D thesis was on Analysis and Evaluation of Formation Yard Performances.

He has worked as a teaching assistant and researcher in the Transportation Systems branch of the MIT/Portugal programme, where he lectured on Transportation Planning and Performance Assessment, Freight Transport and Logistics Processes as well as Railway Engineering.


  • PhD in Transportation;
  • MSc in Technology, Organisation and Management of Rail Transport;
  • International Economist.

Previous Positions

  • Teaching Assistant at Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon;
  • Collaborator with TIS.pt;
  • Researcher at Higher School of Transport, Sofia.


  • SAgE Recruitment Strategy Task and Finish Group, Newcastle University;
  • The Research Cooperative;
  • Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA);
  • Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership;
  • International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR);
  • Rail Alliance: networking organisation in the rail sector;
  • RailFuture: the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for both passengers and freight;
  • Rede de Pesquisa em Transportes (RPT);
  • ITS-Conference, "POLITEHNICA" University of Bucharest (PUB) – special guest, member of  the scientific committee;
  • Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists (EECSA);
  • International Conference of Logistics, Economics and Environmental Engineering (ICLEEE);
  • Transport Problems, International Scientific Journal (TP);
  • Action 11 - Sustainability, Newcastle University;
  • Centro de Sistemas Urbanos e Regionais (CESUR).


  • Invited to join the scientific committee of TRANSCOM, UNIVERSITY OF ŽILINA (on Monday, 16th May, 2016).
  • Invited to contribute to a Workshop on Urban Logistics/um Workshop de Logística Urbana (16-18 November, 2016) em comemoração aos 30 anos da Associação, um evento histórico, o XXX Congresso de Pesquisa e Ensino em Transporte, Narional Association of Research and Education in Transport/Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Ensino em transporte (ANPET).
  • Honoured with participation in a Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop – Indicators for a Healthy City: a Brazil-UK knowledge sharing researcher workshop Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and CONFAP held a workshop (in English) on the above theme in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil/ 9-13th May 2016. The workshop was coordinated by Professor Jennifer Mindell (UCL) and Professor Waleska Caiaffa (Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG). The other mentors were Prof. Heloisa Costa and Prof. Renato César Ferreira de Souza (UFMG, Brazil) and Prof. Julio Davila, Prof. Laura Vaughan, and Dr César de Oliveira (UCL, UK).
  • Awarded a mobility grant within Newton Funds for a mission of up to three months in UFSC, South Brazil to develop A Systematic Method for designing Rail Services for Regional Rail Networks, incorporating Transfer and Application of New Technologies for both Passengers and Freight. (2015 - 2016)
  • Invited to join in and become a visiting professor of School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at technical University of Xaimen, China from 2016. Duration in China can not be less than 30 days annually.
  • Awarded a grant to organise workshop and talks in rail-orientated institutions based in Brazil (workshops and talks have taken place in UFSC- Joinvillie, UFSC-Floripa, ABIFER: MonoRail- Sao Paulo, IME, UFES and Vale) - (Spring 2015)
  • Guest Editors of RETREC - Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier. RETREC has been accepted by Thomson Reuters and will be indexed from June 2016 onwards! RETREC has been in EconLit, RePEc, Scopus, TRID, the TRIS and ITRD Databases for quite a few years now. RETREC is very respectable, and is ranked higher than several journals that have Impact Factors (IFs) and are indexed in Thomson Reuters. Under Journal Indicators (http://www.journalindicators.com/), for example, the Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) for RETREC is 1.41, which ranks it #22 of the 51 transportation journals listed. Its Raw Impact per Publication (RIP), also known as IPP, Impact Per Publication - in effect, an IF but with a 3-year window instead of 2 years, is 1.18, which ranks it #24 of the 51 journals listed. Finally, RETREC's SJR, from SCImago Journal Rank is 1.13, which ranks it #16 of 119 transportation journals listed.
  • Joined the Editorial Board of the peer reviewed journal "Urban Rail Transit (URRT)" as associate editor. The journalcovers all aspects of theoretical and technical achievements in urban rail transit, publishes articles that focus on urban rail transportation operation and management, design and planning, civil engineering, equipment and systems, economics, interdisciplinary research of various traffic systems, environmental impacts such as vibration, noise and pollution, rail marketing and public engagements, rail education and training etc. URL: https://www.editorialmanager.com/urrt; In-Springer: http://www.springer.com/journal/40864; Press: http://www.urt.cn
  • Joined the Editorial Board of the scientific-analytical peer reviewed journal “Upravlenets”, which was founded in 2009 at Urals State University of Economics as a leading scientific periodical to reflect on developments in economic management and related fields.
  • Joined the Scientific Committee of the International Students Conference ITS 2012, organised by the Telematics and Electronics for Transport Department of "POLITEHNICA" University of Bucharest, Romania.
  • Invited as a special guest to give a speech on rail freight problems in “International student conference ITS” 2011, December, 8 -9, "POLITEHNICA" University of Bucharest, Rumania;
  • Invited to the Editorial Board of IT4L' 12 - Workshop on information Technologies for Logistics, September 9-12, 2012, Wrocław, Poland;
  • Named in TOP100 Young Bulgarian Scientists - "Veritas - N.Y." Veliko Tarnovo' 2012.

Working with Visiting Fellows

  • Dr Alicia Garcia Hernandez, Área de Ingeniería de Organización, Escuela Politécnica Superior,  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain;
  • Andre Melo, ANTT, Brazil;
  • Prof. Ing. Antonín Kavička, Ph.D., Department of Software Technologies, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, The Czech Republic;
  • Prof. Luiz Antonio Silveira Lopes of Military Institute of Engineering (IME), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Working with Trainees:

  • Marina Manolova - VTU, Sofia, Bulgaria, February - April, 2016.


  • Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) - UKPSF descriptor 1, "Learning, Teaching and Engaging Students" - module successfully completed, Sep. 2015 - May 2016; 
  • Project Management Appreciations - a 10 Credit module owned by Mechanical & Systems Engineering School.



  •  Feedback/ Additional comments:
  1. There is a certain admirable quality to Dr. Marinov's almost passive teaching delivery. He is really approachable in a most passive sense, and I love his teaching style.
  2. Very good presentation feedback with positive and negative points. I believe it has improved my presentation skills for further modules and confidence in giving presentations.



Guest Editor:


Research Interests

  • Rail Organisation and Management;
  • Rail Yards and Terminals;
  • Rail Systems Design;
  • Rail Performances;
  • Rail Economics;
  • Rail Services;
  • Safety and Security of Rail Systems;
  • Rail Marketing;
  • Rail Pricing;
  • Rail Freight;
  • Freight Logistics;
  • Urban Freight;
  • Rail Education and Training.

PhD opportunities in Organisation, Management and Economics of Train Movement are available within NewRail. Apart from the systems engineering aspect of the problem, the aim is also to look at innovative concepts for sustainable rail transport with a particular focus on services, production patters and system designs where the interface between the technical, strategic, tactical, operational and commercial aspects of the service needs to be captured. Applicants must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form selecting PhD School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering (full time or part time). A PDF of applicant’s covering letter and CV should be sent to: newrail-education@newcastle.ac.uk

For further information, visit: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/mech/research/dmm/dmmstudentprofiles.htm 


Rail-related Research Papers highly ranked 

Publication on "Analysis of Urban freight by Rail using Event-Based Simulation" by Motraghi A. and Marinov M. published by the  Journal Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 2012, 25, 73 - 89, cited 10 times in Scopus, has been identified as being of especial interest to the Engineering Community managing Advances in Engineering Series. (Featured online on Advances in Engineering: http://advancesinengineering.com/?s=Marinov);

A rail freight research paper on Steady State Analysis of Rail Freight Yard Performances by Marin Marinov el. al. has arrived in the top 3 of the RELIT Ranking List. RELIT stands for Review of Transport Literature (Revista de Literatura dos Transportes) and is a Brazilian Open Journal (ISSN: 2177-1065) managed by SBPT, Brazilian Society of Transport Planing (Sociedade Brasileira de Planejamento dos Transportes - www.pesquisaemtransportes.net.br);

The following paper by Marinov M and Viegas J published in 2009 has been cited 12 times in Scopus: Marinov M., Viegas J., A simulation modelling methodology for evaluating flat-shunted yard operations (2009) Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 17 (6) , pp. 1106-1129. 

The rail freight research paper on "A mesoscopic simulation modelling methodology for analyzing and evaluating freight train operations in a rail network", by Marinov, M., Viegas, J., Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, volume 19, issue 1, year 2011, pp. 516 - 539 has been cited 15 times in Scopus

The  article  An analysis of the methods used to calculate the emissions of rolling stock in the UK by Esters T, Marinov M. recently published in Transportation Research Part D: Environment and Transport 2014, 33, 1-16. has been viewed/downloaded over 411 times since publication.

Reviews for

  • Transportation Science;
  • Journal of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Journal of Transportation Engineering;
  • Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory (SIMPAT);
  • Review of Transport Literature (RELIT);
  • Transportation Research Part E (TRE);
  • Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management (JRTPM)
  • Journal and Intelligent Transportation Systems (J-ITS);
  • Transactions and Magazine Intelligent Transportation Systems (IEEE);
  • International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM);
  • Transport Problems (TP);
  • Upravlenets”, Urals State University of Economics;
  • WCTR;
  • FedCISIS;
  • International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (IJEAPS);
  • International Journal of Science and Technology Education Research (IJSTER);
  • Social Sciences;
  • Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Ensino em Transportes - ANPET;
  • Transportmetrica A: Transport Science;
  • Transportation Research Part D: Environment and Transport;
  • PROMET: Scientific Journal on Traffic and Transportation Research;
  • Journal of Air Transport Management (JATM).



  • PhD project on new designs for Rail Freight Interchanges;

  • MSc Student (2015-2016) - project: Can we check in our bags on metro while travelling to the airport?;
  • MSc Student (2015-2016) - project: Solutions for suspension of freight wagons;
  • MSc Student (2015-2016) - project: Emissions of rail operations in China;
  • BEng Student (2015 - 2016) - project: HSR and the challenge of handling the passenger's luggage;
  • BEng Student (2015 - 2016) - project: Tyne and Wear Metro: improvements and evaluation of performance using simulations;
  • BEng Student (2015 - 2016) - project: Evaluation of the Oman Rail network project using comparative analysis;
  • BEng Student (2014 - 2015) - project: Efficient distribution of freight in Urban Areas/ Solving a Modal Choice Problem;
  • BEng Student (2014 - 2015) - project: Commuting in Urban Areas / Solving a Modal Choice Problem;
  • MSc Student (2014 - 2015) - project: Alternative Baggage Handling Systems / Solving a Modal Choice Problem;
  • BEng Student (2013 - 2014) - project: An Analysis of delays and mitigation of delays, metro systems;(completed with merit).
  • BEng Student (2013 - 2014) - project: An Analysis of emissions of rolling stock; (completed with merit).
  • BEng Student (2013 - 2014) - project: A Study on most suitable manufacturer of rolling stock for the UK rail network;
  • BEng Student (2013 - 2014) - project: Movement of freight trains in a line;
  • BEng Student (2013 - 2014) - project: Design of a baggage handling system;
  • BEng Student (2013 - 2014) - project: Design and evaluation of next generation interchanges, CR vs. HSR; (completed with merit).
  • SwB (Science without Borders) Students' Research Projects (2013): Capacity of a Rail Line and Devlopment of a Metro System;
  • RailNewcastle Reserach Project (2013): Methods and Models for Rail Capacity Reserach (completed with merit);
  • RailNewcastle Research Project (2014): Light Rail and customer comfort;
  • RailNewcastle Research Project (2014): Analysis of customer services in rail passenger stations;
  • RailNewcastle Research Project (2013): ICT for Rail Freight;
  • RailNewcastle Research Project (2012): Analysis of Rail Yard Performances (completed with a good Honours level);
  • BEng Student (2011 - 2012) - project: Research-based Teaching Material for Rail Education;
  • BEng Student (2010 - 2011) - project: Urban Freight Movement by Rail (completed with merit).


  • RailNewcastle
    Project Leader(s): Dr. Marin Marinov
    RailNewcastle developed, organised and conducted a three week intensive summer school in railway logistics held at Newcastle University in 2012, 2013 and 2014
    Project Leader(s): Tom Zunder
    Designed to help rail freight rise to the challenge of availability and reliability, as well as complying with other market demands in particular the time sensitive delivery of lower density and higher value goods.
    Project Leader(s): Dr. Francis Franklin
    The purpose of the SUSTRAIL project is to contribute to the rail freight system to allow it to regain position and market.