Please find below downloadable copies of our academic papers in learned journals.


An Exploration of the Benefits of Freight on Transit in Green Supply Chain Management. – Masters thesis by Alice Bulpin



This masters thesis paper is an empirical research study to understand the managerial considerations associated with freight on transit (FOT) in the movement of low-density high-value (LDHV) goods into urban areas. This research was undertaken because there is an increase of the movement of LDHV goods into urban areas and there are many issues faced by the transport industry to undertake these movements, including road congestion and environmental concerns. This is due to certain factors such as the growth of populations within urban areas and the growth of e-commerce. One opportunity identified to better move LDHV goods into urban areas is FOT, which is the movement of goods on public infrastructure and/or public vehicles. In the context of this research study, FOT relates to the movement of goods using rail infrastructure and/or rail passenger vehicles, including light and heavy rail. This researched is needed because there is a clear paucity of empirical studies which explore the characteristics of FOT. This empirical research study fills this paucity within the literature and contributes to both theory and practice, to encourage the adoption of FOT so that customers can benefit from the advantages that FOT can offer.

An Exploration of the Benefits of Freight on Transit in Green Supply Chain Management




Service supply chain resilience: a social-ecological perspective on last-mile delivery operations

International Journal of Operations & Production Management © Emerald Publishing Limited 0144-3577 DOI 10.1108/IJOPM-03-2022-0180 – Five star


Purpose – Considering the last-mile delivery service supply chain as a social-ecological system rather than just a firm-based service system, this research exploit the COVID-19 pandemic disruption to investigate how the supply chain develops resilience from a viewpoint that integrates a social-ecological perspective with the traditional engineering one.

Design/methodology/approach – This research adopt a multi-case study approach using qualitative data collected via semi-structured interviews with executive-level managers from nine leading UK last-mile delivery companies.

Data analysis is guided by a research framework which is developed by combining the socialecological perspective with the structure–conduct–performance paradigm. This framework aids the investigation of the impacts of external challenges on companies’ resilience strategies and practices, as well as performance, in response to disruptions.

Findings – The research identifies three distinct pathways to resilience development: stabilization, focussing on bouncing back to the original normal; adaptation, involving evolutionary changes to a new normal; transformation, involving revolutionary changes in pursuit of a new normal-plus. Three strategic orientations are identified as operating across these pathways: people orientation, digital orientation, and learning orientation.

Originality/value – In contrast to the manufacturing supply chain focus of most current research, this research concentrates on the service supply chain, investigating its resilience with a social-ecological perspective alongside the traditional engineering one.



Yong Lin, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Anlan Chen, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Reading, UK.

Shuya Zhong, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

Vaggelis Giannikas, School of Management, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Carl Lomas, Institute of Couriers, Manchester, UK and University of Derby, Derby, UK, and

Tracey Worth, Institute of Couriers, Manchester, UK and University of West London, London, UK



Service supply chain resilience: a social-ecological perspective on last-mile delivery operations, Yong Lin, Alan Chen, Shuya Zhong, Vaggelis Giannikas, Carl Lomas, Tracey Worth, International Journal of Operations & Production Management. DOI 10.1108/IJOPM-03-2022-0180


 IOC have also been asked to participate on advisory boards for research.


Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London

Investigating the influence of drone flight on the stability of cancer medicines

Quantifying the Effects of Vibration on Medicines in Transit Caused by Fixed-Wing and Multi-Copter Drones

An Evaluation of the Drone Delivery of Adrenaline Auto-Injectors for Anaphylaxis: Pharmacists’ Perceptions, Acceptance, and Concerns.

An Evaluation of the Delivery of Medicines Using Drones