Staff Profile

Dr Marin Marinov

Rail Education Group Manager



Dr. Marin Marinov is a Senior Research Associate with NewRail and responsible for the teaching portfolio of the centre, including a PhD opportunity scheme in Organisation, Management and Economics of Train Movement and Rail systems design.

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;
  • Researcher at Higher School of Transport, Sofia.

Member of:

  • RailUniNet - International Academic Network of universities specialising in rail research and education;
  • UIC Rail Ambassadors Scheme;
  • The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR);
  • The Science Advisory Board;
  • 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).

Rail Ambassador

I am honoured to inform you that I have joint the UIC Rail Ambassadors schemes. I have become a rail ambassador and as such I will aim to:

X            Attend and contribute to Railway Talents events at local and international scale by helping with organisation, facilitating sessions and sharing experience (e.g. registrations and café workshops at the Railway Talents launch event);

X            Contribute to Railway Talents portal by generating news and sharing updates (news, articles, events, interviews, Career Sheets, etc.);

X            Encourage rail colleagues to share their career stories by completing Rail Career Sheets;

X            Disseminate information about Railway Talents, rail events and projects by using internal communication with work colleagues (e.g. internal newsletters);

X            Act as a local representative for Railway Talents project in my country and/or region (e.g. point of contact for news, updates, etc.);

X            Promote Railway Talents and rail careers by engaging with the public and local schools/communities (e.g. career days, hands-on activities, talks);

X            Promote Railway Talents project via news and social networks;

X            Suggest ideas and new initiatives for the Railway Talents’ Ambassadors scheme;

X            Look for financial support and action.


  • Invited to continue his duties as associate editor of URRT, appointment period: Jan. 1st 2019 ~ Dec. 30th, 2022;
  • Awarded a grant for a one month placement in UFES, Vitoria, Brazil as visiting researcher to work with Prof Marta Cruz on a rail freight project funded by FAPES within the UK-Academies – 2018 Newton Fund  Scheme. This placement will take place in November, 2018.
  • Together with IST awarded grant to found a Network on Intelligent Urban Mobility and Accessibility Research to strengthen research and joint ventures between EU and Brazil (NIUMAR);
  • Welcomed to the new the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes(ECTRI) Task Force working group on Education and Mobility for researchers, Kick off Meeting on 1st March, 2018;
  • Moderator of Plenary Session in Smart City Conference, 5th edition, 7-8 December, 2017, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Development and Urban Planning Group, Bucharest, Romania.
  • Awarded the sum of £800 to support a planned research work on Waste Management and Logistics in Brazil. Sponsor is CLACS. Partner: UFRJ.
  • Awarded £28.7k as part of the F3 project (Fast Frequent Fulfiment (F3) by Rail/Intermodal), Co-ordinated by TruckTrain Developments Ltd (SME), funded by Innovate UK (Formerly known as The Technology Strategy Board (TSB));
  • Awarded £98.5k to undertake research on Optimisation of Yards and Network Management in real time. The project will investigate ‘operating processes with freight trains in both rail marshalling yards and small scale shunting yards to improve capacity and system reliability. Real-time interaction between yard and relevant network IT systems will also be studied to make it possible for real-time software-based planning and management of single wagonload and block-train services.’
  • Invited to give a key note speech in CONEMB 2017 – III Congresso Nacional das Engenharias da Mobilidade, Joinville, Brazil, 19 - 22 September, 2017.
  • Awarded a Fellowship by FAPESC as part of CONFAP/UK Academies - Newton Fund 2016' programme to organise an analytical study of the Potential Design and Implementation of new rail networks, trains and services for the needs of the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil and beyond;
  • Guest Speaker at the SKILLFUL Rail Workshop on Skills and competences development of future transportation professionals at all levels, at WCRT 2017, DB Academy Potsdam.
  • Invited to sit on the Organising Committee of International Conference of Air Traffic Engineering, organised by Warwas University of Technology, Poland. Next Edition of the conference will take place in April 2018. 
  • Special Thanks from Sr Mario Cezar, the President of FIESC, Federação das Indústrias do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil  for participating in a regular meeting of the association and delivering a talk on rail transport in EU: policies and practices "Cumprimentando-o, registro sinceros agradecimentos por sua participação na reunião da Câmara para Assuntos de Transporte e Logística da FIESC, realizada dia 16 de setembro, oportunidade em que brindou os presentes com a apresentação sobre a experiência no transporte de carga ferroviária na União Européia. Permanecendo à disposição, reforço protestos de elevado apreço".
  • Awarded a Scholarship /Bolsa Pós-Doutorado Sênior (PDS) by FAPERJ to develop a rail freight orientated study at Laboratório de Transporte de Carga (LTC), Programa de Engenharia de Transportes (COPPE), UFRJ for the purposes of Metro Rio and the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
  • Invited guest speaker by Vale, with headquarters based in Vitoria, the State of Espirito Santo, Brazil to deliver talks about Prevention and Investigation of Rail Accidents (PREVENÇÃO E INVESTIGAÇÃO DE ACIDENTES FERROVIÁRIOS), 13 July 2016.
  • Appointed a member of the scientific committee of the 12th International Scientific Conference of Young Scientists and PhD. Students TRANSCOM 2017. Further information about the TRANSCOM 2017 can be found at / TRANSCOM, UNIVERSITY OF ŽILINA.
  • 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 (, 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:; In-Springer:; Press:
  • 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

  • Birgit Blauensteiner from Austria, a Research Assistant at St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences;

  • Asst.Prof. Borna Abramovic, Ph.D. ERASMUS Coordinator, Head of Chair of Railway Transport Management, Department of Railway Transport, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia;

  • Dr Alicia Garcia Hernandez, Área de Ingeniería de Organización, Escuela Politécnica Superior,  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain;

  • Andre Melo, Agencia Nacional de Transportes Terrestres, 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.

Working with Nuffield Students:

  • Andrew Dawson - City of Sunderland College, August 2017.
  • Chloe Cannon - James Calvert Spence College (JCSC), July - August, 2018.
  • Kaushik Mysore - Churchill Community College, July - August, 2018.


Google Scholar / Citation indices:

All Citations: 500

Citations Since 2013: 439

h-index: 11

i10-index: 14

Guest Editor:

  • A Book on Sustainable Rail Transport - Proceedings of RailNewcastle Talks 2017, Springer, 2018;
  • A Book on Sustainable Rail Transport - Proceedings of RailNewcastle Talks 2016, Springer, 2017;
  • A Special Issue on Urban Rail Transit and Light Rail, URRT, Springer, 2015;
  • The special issue of RETREC journal titled "Rail Operations, Management and Economics", Elsevier, 2015.
  • An Intensive Programme in Railway and Logistics, Research in Transportation Economics, Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 1-88 (May 2013):
  • RailNewcastle Special Issue 2014: collection of articles, Transport Problems, Volume 9, Pages 1-129 (October 2014):


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 and Rail Systems Design 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:

For further information, visit: 


Rail-related Research Papers highly ranked 

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 73 times in Google Scholar.

A 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 63 times in Google Scholar, has been identified as being of especial interest to the Engineering Community managing Advances in Engineering Series. (Featured online on Advances in Engineering, US);

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 -;

The  paper by Marinov M and Viegas J ., A simulation modelling methodology for evaluating flat-shunted yard operations (2009) Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 17 (6) , pp. 1106-1129. published in 2009 has been cited 42 times in Google Scholar;

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);
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH);
  • Scientia Iranica;
  • International Journal of Logistics;
  • Transportation research Part E Logistics and Transportation Review;
  • International Journal of Urban Sciences;
  • Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering;
  • Advances in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Sustainability — Open Access Journal;
  • Case Studies on Transport Policy (CSTP);
  • Journal of Transport and Health.



  • PhD Project on New designs and evaluation of automated systems for freight terminals;
  • PhD project on Innovative rail freight services inc fast and flexible trains;
  • PhD project on New designs for Rail Freight Interchanges;
  • MSC Student (2017 - 2018) - project: An Integrated System for Automated Rail and Intermodal Terminals;
  • MSc Student (2017 - 2018) - project: Driverless Trains: systems design;
  • MSc Student (2017 - 2018) - project: Design of an AGV for freight distribution in urban and suburban areas;
  • MSc Student (2017 - 2018) - project: Obstacle Detection on roads and level crossing;
  • MSc Student (2016-2017) - project: A study into the design of baggage collection point at a railway station (completed with distinction) ;
  • MSc Student (2016-2017) - project: Tranport of bags by rail;
  • BEng Student (2016-2107) - project: How secure our metro stations are?; (completed successfully)
  • BEng Student (2016-2107) - project: Obstacle Detection at Level-crossings; (completed with distinction)  
  • BEng Student (2016-2017) - project: Obstacle Detection in Rail Shunting facilities and freight yards; (completed successfully)
  • BEng Student (2016-2017) - project: Alternative designs for metro cars to transport freight over night; (completed with distinction)
  • MSc Student (2015-2016) - project: A Study by Product Design into the Potential for a Check-In and Bag Drop Service On-board Light Rail Vehicles for Passengers Travelling to the Airport Through the Case Study of the Tyne and Wear Metro; (completed with distinction)
  • MSc Student (2015-2016) - project: Technical solutions for passenger comfort while on the train;
  • 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 Delays: improvements and evaluation of performance using event-based 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).

Consultancy projects:

  • Learning Online PI: Dr Marin Marinov - a consultancy project commissioned by UIC , Design, implementation, maintenance and coordination of an eLearning Platform.
  • Rail Careers: PI: Dr Marin Marinov - a consultancy project commissioned by UIC - Design, development, implementation, maintenance, management and coordination of an Internet Platform for recruiting Rail Talents.
  • Rail Talents: Maintaining UIC TALENT ePlatform/webpage - PI: Dr Marin Marinov - a consultancy project commissioned by UIC.


  • Module Leader: MEC8041 : Rail Planning and Timetabling / MEC8041's Timetable
  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Marin Marinov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • External Examiner at Sheffield Hallam University;
  • D1 Associate Fellowship in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) - UKPSF Descriptor 1, "Learning, Teaching and Engaging Students" - module successfully completed, Sep. 2015 - May 2016;  - Awarded because Dr Marin Marinov has met the appropriate standards in teaching and supporting learning in HE, under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). 

  • Project Management Appreciations - a 10 Credit module owned by Mechanical & Systems Engineering School (2015 and 2016).


  • SIAFInternationa Programme, UIC: (2015 and 2016).

  • Erasmus Teaching Mobility twice a year. Partners: Universitatea Politehnica din București (Technical University in Bucharest, Romania and Todor Kableshkov University of Transport, Sofia, Bulgaria.


  •  Feedback/ Additional comments:
  1. There is a certain admirable quality to Dr. Marinov's teaching delivery. He is really approachable, 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.