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Professor Tom Cherrett

Professor Tom Cherrett

Head of Department

Research interests

  • Understanding and improving the distribution of goods and the 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 operating efficiency; 
  • Approaches to more effectively collect and manage the movement of waste 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'.

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Professional Certificate of Academic Practice, 2005

National and International Certificates of Professional Competence in Road Haulage Operations, 1989

Professor of Logistics and Transport Management   Sept 2015

Associate Professor – University of Southampton (May 2015-August 2015)

Senior Lecturer – University of Southampton (Mar 2009-May 2015)

Lecturer – University of Southampton (Oct 2002-Feb 2009)

Senior Research Fellow – University of Southampton (Mar 2000-Sep 2002)

Senior Consultant Oscar Faber (Aug 1999- Mar 2000)

Research Fellow – University of Southampton (Jun 1998-Jul 1999)

Research Assistant – University of Southampton (Aug 1994-May 1996)

Graduate Trainee – Wincanton Distribution (Aug 1991- Aug 1993)


Ph.D.   University of Southampton, 1998 (Congestion and driver response)

B.Sc. (Hons) 2:1 Transport Management and Planning, 1991

Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport