Staff Profile

Dr Dewan Islam

Senior Research Associate



Dr. Dewan Islam (male) (BSc, MSc, PhD, FCILT) is a freight transport logistics researcher, with long experience and deep knowledge built up over 25 years. Since February 2006, he has been working at NewRail, Newcastle Centre for Railway Research, at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His PhD was in multimodal freight development in developing countries. He achieved an MSc in Port Management, including a dissertation on ‘Inland waterways transport in connection with sea-ports: a comparative study between Bangladesh and the Netherlands.’ For ten years he worked for the Planning Department for the ports, shipping and inland waterways transport sector of the Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh. Guest Editor, Special Issue of European Transport Research Review (ETRR) Journal. He is a member of the ECTRI TG group and an Editorial Board member of ETRR Journal. He sits on the Executive Board of CAPACITY4RAIL. He is involved in teaching for the following modules

MEC8032 - Railway Systems and  Research Skills - Lecturer

MEC8033 - Freight Transport Logistics - Module Leader

MEC8034 - Multimodal Transport Policy and Practice - Lecturer


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 Freight Transport, Logistics and Supply Chian Management, from Univeristy of Plymouth, UK, in 2005.

Joined Newcastle University 1st February 2006  

Roles and Responsibilities

Research in International Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Intermodal Transport, Rail Freight Transport, port management, Waterways Transport
Teaching in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management,
Freight Transport Policy and Practice
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.


Guest editor, Special Issue, European Transport Research Review (ETRR) Journal, 2015
Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), UK
Member, The European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) TG FL Group
Member, Editorial Board, European Transport Research Review (ETRR) Journal
Members of Rail Newcastle Conference 2015 (15-17 July) Scientific Committee
Elected Executive Board Member, Capacity4Rail Project
Member, CILT Tyne Tees Group
Member, CILT North East Region Policy Committee
Member, CILT North East Region Committee Working Group
Member, CILT Rail Freight Group


Bengali and English

Informal Interests

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

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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 transport system in Europe in 2050 

Co-modal transhipment, logistics and cost-benefit analysis   

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;

Autonomous versus non-autonomous inland vessel operations

Port centric Logistics;

Europe Asia rail freight transport;

Synchro-modal flow management;

Smart and Green Inland Waterways Transport Systems in Europe

Esteem Indicators

External Examiner, PhD candidate, Coventry University (March 2015)

Invited Speaker, Economic impact of freight derailments in the perspective of demand and operational framework to 2050, Seminar on Reduction of Derailments in Europe, organised by UIC and Trafikverket, Stockholm, 12th November 2014.   

Panellist, Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014, Paris Invited Session on How to deal with the variety of stakeholders and scales for freight transport? 

Member, Editorial Board, European Transport Research Review journal 

Member of the ECTRI TG group  

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 Rail Freight Forum 

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.



Postgraduate Teaching


MEC8032 - Railway Systems and  Research Skills -Lecturer

MEC8033 - Freight Transport Logistics -Module Leader

MEC8034 - Multimodal Transport Policy and Practice -Lecturer