Professor John Dinwoodie

Professor John Dinwoodie

Professor of Maritime Logistics

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


Chair, Maritime Logistics

Head of Department of International Shipping, Logistics and Operations,

Plymouth Business School, Faculty of Business

Director of Studies / Supervisor to several PhD students


B.A. Hons, Geography, Sidney Sussex College,Cambridge University 1973-76

M.A. (Cantab), 1980

M.A. Transport Economics, Leeds University 1979-80

PGCE (FE) Special Commendation, Economics & BEC, Leeds University 1980-81

M.Ed. (Higher Education) University of Plymouth 1992-94

Ph.D. Staff candidature University of Plymouth 1995-2001

Previous Posts Dates

Reader, International Shipping and Logistics,  University of Plymouth Business School 2006-9

Principal Lecturer, University of Plymouth Business School 2003-6

Senior Lecturer, Transport Studies, University of Plymouth 1988-2003

Lecturer II, Transport Studies, Plymouth Polytechnic 1985-8

Economics Teacher, Hyde Sixth Form College, Tameside M.B., Cheshire 1981-5

Assistant Planner, Transport Planning, Atkins Planning, Epsom 1976-8

Consultant, Materials Handling, Aramco, Saudi Arabia 1978

Validation activity
2008-2011. External adviser to MSc programmes in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Birmingham City University, Swansea Metropolitan University and Brunel Business School.

Member of various internal review panels 2003-2007

Leader, programme approval MSc Port Management, International Shipping/ Logistics / Supply Chain Management, 2006 and 2001.

Leader B Sc Transport revalidation team, 1992

Reviewer of articles for over 40 international journals

International Association of Maritime Economists, World Conference on Transport Research,
Logistics Research Network, International Conference on Marine and Maritime Affairs...

2004- Member, Logistics Research Network Forum Committee

1997-9 National professional memberships panel, Chartered Institute of Transport,

1998-2001 Chair, Quality and Certification Issues, European Logistics Forum.

Academic Leadership / Management 

2016-17- Leader, Maritime and Logistics Business and Policy Research Group, iSPER

2013-17 Leader, International Shipping and Logistics Group, Plymouth Graduate School of Management

2011-13 Leader, International Shipping, Logistics and Operations Group in the School of Management

2006-11 Head, International Shipping and Logistics Group, PBS

2005 Local Organiser, LRN05, Logistics Research Network Annual Conference

1999-2006 Programmes Manager, 3 MScs.

2002 Member University Information Strategy Task Group (Teaching and Learning)

Industry and Community eg

2005-9 CILT(UK) South West Region Committee Member

1999- CILT/CIT Devon and Cornwall Branch committee

1989-1999 - Past chair, chair, vice-chair, Secretary, CIT South West Region

1992-5 Member of Plymouth /SE Cornwall and Environs Transport Study Rail Group

1992- Expert witness activity in Magistrates and Crown courts

1988- Ad hoc interviews on local television and radio.

Professional membership

Fellow Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

2014 Editorial Board, International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications

2013 - Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Journal of Transport and Logistics

2012 - Reviewer FP7 Surface land transport projects, European Commission, Brussels

2011 - Editorial Board, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management

2009- Editorial Board, Journal of Logistics and Sustainable Transport

2007- International Editorial Advisory Panel, International Journal of Logistics Management 

1988- Committee Member (secretary/ chair etc) Devon  and Cornwall Region of CIT / CILT(UK)

2004- National Committee Member:

Logistics Research Network Committee

Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (UK), Research Coordination Committee

Teaching interests

Current teaching commitment

Director of Studies and Supervisor to several PhD students in International Logistics and Shipping

12 PhD completions as Director of Studies (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018), 3 as 2nd supervisor (2007, 2011, 2011) 

M.Sc. International Shipping / International Procurement and Supply Chain Management/  
International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Research Skills (2001 - 2018);
Business Systems and Methodologies (1986 - 2018)

BSc Maritime Business/ International Supply Chain and Shipping Management

Year 3: Research skills for International Business (2009-2018)
Also delivered at Hong Kong University SPACE 2010 -2017
Year 1: Introduction to logistics (1997 -2013)

Previous university teaching commitment

1986- 2004 Teaching Operational Research and Statistics in Transport at all levels to MSc

1985-1999 Transport Planning a continuous pathway; through B Sc years 1, 2 and 3

1985-1990 Transport Economics, Maritime Economics up to BSc year 3

1985-1992 Introductory Economics and Accounts

1985-1988 Module leader, 2 BTEC HND courses

Staff serving as external examiners

PhD Newcastle University, School of Marine Science and Technology, July 2017. Ralitsa Mihaylova. "Periods of ownership in shipping: patterns and influences". 

PhD Aston Business School, University of Aston, January 2016. Christine Lloyd. "Identification of Supply Chain Integration Factors in the UK Bioenergy Industry". 

PhD Huddersfield University, May 2015. Mohi-Eldin Mohamed Elsayeh Ibrahim Attia. "The Impact of Ports Technical Efficiency on the Mediterranean Container Ports' Competitiveness" 

MSc International Transport, Marine Policy, Cardiff Business School, 2014- (also Logistics and Operations Management 2015-).

PhD Cardiff Business School January 2015. Dong-Wook Kwak. "Risk Management in International Logistics Operations: Risk Analysis and Mitigating Strategies".

PhD University College London, Energy Institute, May 2014. Nishatabbas Rehmatulla, "Market Barriers and Failures to Energy Efficient Operations in Shipping".

PhD University College London, Energy Institute, Mar 2014. Sophia Parker. “Dynamic matching in the oil tanker industry: implications for carbon policy”  

MPhil/PhD transfer Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Mechanical and Transport Engineering, April 2013, Kay McGinley. “A Comparative Study of the Economic Suitability and Viability of New Generation Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Dublin Port”.

PhD Huddersfield University, Department of Logistics and Transport, School of Applied Science, April 2011. Chukwuneke Okorie, "Value adding services as competitive strategy: A multiple case-study analysis of ports in developing and developed economies".

PhD, University of Hull, Business School, March 2011, Mengying Feng “A comparative study of ports and their hinterlands: factors determining port performance and choice.” 

MSc Marine Transport with Management, (2010-2014) Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering, Newcastle University

M. Phil , University of Liverpool John Moores, Maritime August 2010, R Smyth "Developing a new training business in high hazard industries."

PhD, by Published Works, for Peter Baker, Dec 2007 Cranfield University on "The role, design and operation of distribution centres in agile supply chains."

MSc Marine Operations, Liverpool John Moores University, 1999-2004

1988-1994 Assessor, Statistical and Computing Methods, Chartered Institute of Transport

1983-1989 Assistant & Senior Assistant Examiner, A level Business Studies, Associated Examining Board, Aldershot

Research interests

2014 Visiting Professor, Advanced Training Course in "Sustainable Development of Port Areas", Research Consortium for Technological Innovation, Sicily Naval Transport, University of Catania, Sicily.

2012 - Lead academic in the Marine Sustainable Developments Officer Knowledge Transfer Partnership with ESRC/ NERC/ Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. Awarded the ESRC Best Application of Social Science to a KTP in 2012.

Logistics and shipping education

Logistics and transport in peripheral and transitional economies

International Logistics

Multimodal systems

Systems approach to maritime operations and low carbon shipping

Other research

Director of Studies for PhDs

MPhil/PhD Sapna Chacko (PU 2013-8; DOS 2016-18) Water freight transport potential in South West England 

Ph.D. Dewan Islam (Self funded; 2004-5) Role of Multimodal Transport in Removal of Trade Barriers in Bangladesh. Completed in 2005.

Ph.D. Sarah Tuck (Staff; 2004-7), Social and Economic Aspects of Commercial Ports and Wharves in the South West of England: a Case Study approach to Regional Competitiveness.  Completed 2007

Ph.D James Parsons (Self funded; 2005-9) Perceived Implications of Privatization for Canadian Coast Guard Services, Principally Arctic Icebreaking. Completed 2009.

Ph.D Kelvin Pang (Self; 2005-11) North Korea's role in transport and logistics development in Northeast Asia. Completed 2011. 

PhD Mohammed Briouig (Self, 2008-14) Risk Management in LNG ports and Marine Terminals. Completed 2014.

PhD Mervyn Shiwoku (Self, 2009 - 2018 ) Supply Chain Process Improvement Techniques For Downstream Crude Oil distribution To China

PhD Andrei Kuznetsov (ESF, CUC, 2011 -2014 ) Port Sustainability Management Systems for smaller ports in Cornwall and Devon. Completed 2014. 

PhD Young-Joon Seo (Self, 2011 - 2014) Managing Container Port Co-opetition and Competition affecting South Korean Logistics Hubs. Completed 2014.

PhD Sihyun Kim (Self, 2011 - 2014) Megaport Competitiveness and Sustainability  Practice in Container Shipping Logistics in Northeast Asia. Completed 2014.

PhD Heba-Talah El Mesmary (self 2009-2015; DOS 2013-2015) Logistics performance in container terminals in Egypt. Completed 2015.

PhD Mark Bennett (self 2014-). Understanding and forecasting maritime containerised flows into and out of the UK.

PhD Chang Soo Kim (self 2014- 2017) Developing a cooperative and collaborative spirit index between shipping and shipper companies. 

PhD Ishaka Shitu (PTDF, Nigeria 2015-) Port performance and crude oil export logistics in Nigeria.

PhD Ridvan Karacay (PU 2016-) Promoting regional growth through more sustainable smaller ports.

MPhil/PhD Nasir Zubairu (PTD,F Nigeria 2017-) Optimising financial performance in Nigeria's liquified natural gas supply chains


Ph.D Ki-Tae Yeo (Self; 2005-7) Port efficiency criteria. Completed 2007.

PhD Robyn Pyne (ESRC, 2004-11) Chinese shipping. Completed 2011. 

PhD Ling Wang (self 2009-2011)  International Supply Chain and Logistics. Completed 2011. 

Book reviews annually for Journal of Transport Geography, 1996-2008.

Conference papers, working papers, consultancy reports on transport planning, demand for public transport... 1987-1995.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD completions to date:

As Director of Studies: 12 students 
As Second Supervisor: 3 students

Internal examiner of 7 PhDs (2002 on)

Grants & contracts

2011-2014 £60k CUC ESF PhD studentship Ports sustainability management systems in smaller ports in Cornwall and Devon (With D. Gibbs, Head Geography & formerly Director of Research, Hull University)

2010-2013, PI for Plymouth in a 5 university consortium led by University College London, for EPSRC, Low Carbon Shipping project, Plymouth contribution £25,000.

Tuck S,Dinwoodie J  Benhim, J. Maritime Sustainable Developments Officer, Knowledge Transfer Partership KTP007098 with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, 2008, £144,795 ( Funded by FHC, SERC and NERC)

Dinwoodie, J. and Grant, J. Market Potential for Sustainable Rail, Sea and Pipeline Freight Investment in Plymouth:A Scoping Study. 2002. £15,698. P.C.C.

Dinwoodie, J. and Auburn, T, (Psychology) Devon Travelwise survey, 1998 - 2000, £10,000. Devon C.C.

Dinwoodie, J. Survey to test for potential confusion between Hackney Carriages and Private Hire vehicles operating in Plymouth, if they were to be fitted with roof signs. Plymouth City Council, 1998-9. 48pp. £5,507. This work involved presenting evidence in both Magistrates and Crown Courts as an expert witness.

Development of an updating course for Masters level graduates entitled “Managing Risk in International Shipping and Logistics”. Continuing Vocational Education initiative (project leader). November 1998 (U. of Plymouth). £ 4,460.

Market Research to determine demand for an updating course for Masters level graduates in International Shipping and Logistics. Continuing Vocational Education initiative, August 1998 (U. of Plymouth). £1,860.

Dinwoodie J & Heijveld H. 1997-8. Plymouth University staff travel survey. U. of Plymouth, consultancy. £3,000.

July 95- Jan.96. Improving access to employment areas by Public Transport. Plymouth CC. Project Leader, £10,000.

Feb.1995. Transport and Distribution in Opportunities for growth: an economic assessment of Devon and Cornwall 1995, p39. Devon & Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council, £1,000

May 1992: A survey of demand for Hackney Carriages in Plymouth (for Plymouth City Council) £4,000

Oct 1991: Demand for Surburban Rail Services in Eastern Plymouth (Devon C.C. & Plymouth C.C.) £4,000

April 1991: A survey of demand for travel into Central Plymouth (Devon C.C. & Plymouth C.C.) £10,000

Oct 1990: Tavistock Rail Study (Devon C.C. & Plymouth C.C.) £1,300

Research groups

  • Sustainable Transport

Other academic activities

Member, School Discipline Group Leaders Forum 2009-
Member, School Management / Executive Team 2006-9; 2014-

Member, PBS Research and Enterprise Committee, 2008-9; 2011-

Leader of the teaching team for the Periodic Review of the International Shipping and Logistics Group, 2007

Dinwoodie, J. (2006), Editorial, Logistics Research Network Conference (LRN2005), Special Issue, International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 9(3), 189-190, ISSN 1367-5567. The editing process covered pages pp189-334 of this journal.