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Professor Tolga Bektas BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Professor of Logistics Management

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Tolga Bektas is Professor of Logistics Management for the Southampton Business School.

Career overview

Tolga has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in 2005.

His PhD dissertation titled Discrete Location Models for Content Distribution received an Honourable Mention from the INFORMS Telecommunications Section in April 2006.

Prior to joining the University of Southampton in August 2007, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Alberta, CIRRELT and University of Montreal in Quebec.



Computers & Operations Research - Editorial Advisory Board

Guest editor on a Special Issue of Computers & Operations Research on “Integrated Vehicle Routing Problems”, published in Volume 55 (March 2015), together with Gilbert Laporte (HEC Montreal) and Daniele Vigo (University of Bologna)

Guest editor on a Special Issue of Journal of the Operational Research Society on “Transportation, Logistics and the Environment”, published in Volume 61 (March 2010), together with Gilbert Laporte (HEC Montreal)






Research interests

  • Mathematical modelling and optimisation of a variety of problems in distribution logistics, system (strategic) design of logistics networks;
  • Telecommunications network design;
  • Warehouse location;
  • Service network design in intermodal transportation;
  • Operational level planning in transport, vehicle routing and scheduling, railyard management;
  • Reducing the environmental hazards of freight logistics and transportation activities, in particular reduction of CO2 emissions.


Journal Editorship

Area Editor of Computers & Operations Research.

Past Editor of OR Insight.

Guest editor, together with Professor Gilbert Laporte of HEC Montreal and Professor Daniele Vigo of the University of Bologna on a Special Issue of Computers & Operations Research on Integrated Vehicle Routing.

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Book Chapters



Working Papers

  • MANG2006: Principles and Practice of Management Science (UG)
  • MANG2021: Operations Management (UG)
  • MANG3048: Management Science for Engineers (UG)
  • MANG3034: Project Management (UG)
  • MANG6192: Decision Modelling and Analysis (MBA)
  • MANG7001: Research Methods (PhD)

I was a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award in 2010.

Professor Tolga Bektas
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/6015

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