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Professor Tom Cherrett BSc (Hons), PhD, CMILT

Professor of Logistics and Transport Management

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Tom Cherrett is Professor of Logistics and Transport Management within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.


He teaches freight and logistics operations management, transport planning and construction management to Masters level and Undergraduate students.

He is involved in several areas of research:

1) How we can move core goods (things that we buy) more efficiently within and between our urban areas, and in what ways alternative concepts such as ‘unattended’ (e.g. locker boxes) and ‘attended’ (3rd party retailer) delivery solutions could help us to receive our goods in a more timely and convenient fashion.

Waitrose click and collect








2) In what ways can commercial grade smartphones be used in logistics operations to enable the community (employees, customers, drivers, infrastructure managers) to better communicate, share data and make improved decisions in a more dynamic way?


Using smartphones in business communities



3) The scope for remote monitoring technology (e.g. smart fill sensors in refuse bins) coupled to optimisation techniques to reduce the transport impacts of residual waste and recyclate collections in urban areas?

Remotely monitoring clothing banks










4) In what ways can interactive games help young children learn about road safety?

Road safety interactive videos for children









Main research areas include:

More effectively collecting and managing the movement of waste. This is in terms of both household domestic waste collection strategies, Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) management and joint domestic/commercial waste collection strategies. He has worked on a number of research projects in these specific areas: (Department for Transport grant PPAD 9/142/034, ‘Optimising vehicles undertaking waste collections' GR/S79626/01, SUE project 55 ‘Transport and Logistics'; EP/D043328/1, ‘Green Logistics'.

Optimising waste collections
Optimising waste collections









Using smartphones to manage transport operations. This has developed a prototype app for Oxfam to help them better visualise where their paid and volunteer drivers are, and allow communities of shop managers and their volunteers, area managers and drivers communicate through a social network.

The app also allowed the community to understand how donation patterns fluctuate across different donation bank sites. The outputs of the research have now led to a commercial app ‘FreightVista’ developed by Keyfort  which is operating in over 75 Oxfam shops.




Managing Oxfam Infrastructure through Smartphones
Managing Oxfam Infrastructure through Smartphones

Understanding and improving the distribution of goods and management of freight vehicles in urban areas, including the supply of goods to hospitals and the use of consolidation centres. How optimisation techniques can be used to improve system efficiency and in what ways Intelligent Transport Systems (smart tagging of assets and the use of smartphones) can improve operations. Research projects he has worked on in this area are: (EP/D043328/1, ‘Green Logistics’, 7th FP Smartfreight project, 7th FP Straightsol project (link to ), EP/J004650/1, 6th Sense Transport Transport for London and Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is currently PI on the Freight Traffic Control 2050 project (EP/N02222X/1), £1.4m, which is looking at the transport and energy benefits that can be gained from the collaborative scheduling of parcel carrier rounds in London. Also, he is leading the Delivery and Servicing Plan project for Southampton City Council aiding private and municipal organisations understand their logistics footprint and how more sustainable logistics operations might positively impact on operations.




The use of interactive learning environments to aid health and safety training. Interactive videos have been developed to help undergraduate physics students understand the risks associated with using lasers in laboratory conditions. Also, to help year 2 children improve their pedestrian safety skills.

How not to operate lasers!
How not to operate lasers!
understand traffic hazards
Interactive video to help children










He also has considerable experience in the areas of incident detection and journey time estimation using urban traffic control infrastructure. (GR/J97724 (Estimation of journey times from detector data) and GR/L43602 (Journey time estimation in urban road networks) which was the subject of his PhD thesis, completed in 1998.


Research group

Transportation Group

Affiliate research groups

Waste Management, Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Research project(s)

Southampton DSP (Delivery and Servicing Plans)

The Southampton Delivery and Servicing Plans (Southampton DSP) project works with public bodies and private businesses to develop a sustainable strategy for managing their freight vehicle activity.

STRAIGHTSOL (Strategies and measures for smarter urban freight solutions)

The project is being led by the Institute of Transport Economics at the Norwegian Centre for Transport Research and involves 15 partners. The University of Southampton is working with Oxfam to investigate how remote monitoring technology could be used to better optimise collection schedules from textile donation banks.

CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories)

CITYLAB is a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport and started in May 2015.

SASICE - Safety and Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Centre for Sustainable Travel Choices

Sixth Sense Transport

Freight Traffic Control 2050 (transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics)

Since Oct 2013 - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Undergraduate Admissions Officer
2012-2013 CEE undergraduate/postgraduate Exams Officer
2010-2011 CEE Undergraduate Exams Officer
2007-2010 CEE Undergraduate Admissions Officer
2002-2007 Postgraduate Research Progressions Officer

Tom was secretary of the ITS UK ‘Freight Interest Group’ from its inception in 1998 to 2006, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and is Editor of the Institute of Civil Engineers Transport Journal.

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Tom teaches on UG Civil Engineering and MSc programmes. He is module co-ordinator for CENV6088 (Transportation Planning Policies & Methods), CENV6101 (Passenger and Freight Transport) and contributes to CENV2027 Construction Management, CENV6044 Research Project: Transportation Planning And Engineering, CENV6109 Transportation Engineering: Transport Management, CENV6153 Transport Modelling, ENVS6025 Systems For Waste Management. He also leads engineering out-reach activities at local primary schools running the Mars bar Bridge Building Challenge.

Professor Tom Cherrett
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

Room Number: 176/4057

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3152

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