Theo Notteboom (°1970) is professor and president of ITMMA (Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp) of the University of Antwerp and also affiliated with Faculty of Applied Economics of the University of Antwerp. He is also a part-time professor in maritime transport at the Antwerp Maritime Academy. ITMMA is one of the world's premier suppliers of highly specialized academic and practice-based maritime and logistics education and research. ITMMA's activities include M.Sc. programs, a Ph.D. program, short-term courses and tailor-made post-experience programs, research and publications and trend-setting events and conferences. For more information about ITMMA see our
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Theo Notteboom is responsible for four academic courses at the Faculty of Applied Economics and ITMMA - see
and two courses at the Antwerp Maritime Academy. Theo Notteboom is visiting professor at Dalian Maritime University in China and at the World Maritime University in Malmo (Sweden). He held the MPA Visiting Professorship in Port Management at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He gave guest lectures at universities in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Korea, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, France, Portugal and Italy. At a more local level, he is a regular guest lecturer on port economics and management at training programs organized by the Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center (APEC) in Antwerp, Portilog in Antwerp, the Maritime Institute in Ghent and the educational institute of the Belgian federal goverment (OFO) in Brussels.
For a full list of his academic publications see academic bibliography . Most of his publications are freely available at the website of the PortEconomics.eu initiative (www.porteconomics.eu).
Theo Notteboom published widely on port and maritime economics. The main research topics include: (1) Vertical and horizontal integration in liner shipping, terminal operations and logistics; (2) developments and throughput dynamics in seaport systems, (3) port governance with a particular focus on concession agreements; (4) terminal efficiency; (5) optimization of liner shipping networks and hinterland transport networks (barge and rail); (6) logistics and intermodal interaction between seaports and the hinterland (including port regionalization processes and dry ports/inland terminals); (7) port policy; (8) port competition and cooperation; (9) port marketing and (10) pricing strategies of shipping lines and terminal operators. His research output covers applications to Europe, Asia/China, North-America, South-America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Theo Notteboom was a guest editor for several Special Issues in leading academic journals in the field: 'Containerization in a globalized world' (Geojournal, 2009, together with Jean-Paul Rodrigue), 'Comparative North American and European gateway logistics' (Journal of Transport Geography, 2010, together with Jean-Paul Rodrigue), 'Concessions' (Maritime Policy and Management, 2012, together with Thanos Pallis and Sheila Farrell), 'Seaports' (Maritime Policy and Management, in preparation, together with Thanos Pallis), 'The strategic management of ocean freight logistics' (The International Journal of Logistics Management, in preparation, together with Jingjing Xu) and IAME2011 special issues in Maritime Policy and Management, Maritime Economics and Logistics and International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (together with Kevin Cullinane, Gordon Wilmsmeier and Ricardo Sanchez).
He is (co-)editor of ten academic books, including 'Current issues in shipping, ports and logistics' (UPA, 2011), 'Ports in proximity: competition and coordination among adjacent seaports' (Ashgate, 2009), 'Ports, cities and global supply chains' (Ashgate, 2007), 'Ports are more than piers' (De Lloyd, 2006) and 'Current issues in port logistics and intermodality' (Maklu/Garant, 2002). He is the lead author of the book 'LogAnt: Province of Antwerp,, a logistics hub for the world' (Garant, 2011) and the related website (Dutch and English versions available). He is also a contributor to several chapters of the online version of the book The Geography of Transport Systems (project leader: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue).
He received several awards for his academic work including
best paper awards from Hanjin (1998), Transportation Research E (2005) and Maritime Economics & Logistics (2008), the Open Essay Contest Prize from the International Association of Ports and Harbors -
(2007), the ‘Logistics prize’ awarded by the Belgian Group of Logistics (1998), the Containerization Award awarded by Mediterranean Shipping Company (2001) and the Award for Port Studies Fernand Suykens of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences (2001).
He has been involved as promoter or co-promoter in about 60 academic research programs and consultancy studies on the maritime industry and logistics topics commissioned by organizations such as the European Commission, the Flemish Government, the Flanders Institute for Logistics, the Dutch government, the Antwerp Port Authority, the Rotterdam Port Authority, MBZ (Zeebrugge Port Authority) and numerous private companies and government departments in Europe and Asia. He is the (co-)author of five key reports for the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO): part 1 of the
'Market report on the European Port Industry'
(2007, part of the ESPO Annual Report), a report on terminal awarding practices in European ports (2008),
Economic analysis of the European seaport system
Dock labour and port-related employment in the European seaport system
(2010). He is the lead author of the report 'Economic Analysis of the Rhine-Scheldt Delta Port Region' (2011) and co-author of the reports 'Economic Analysis of Break Bulk Flows and Activities in Belgian Ports' (2012) and 'Economic analysis of the warehousing and distribution market in Northwest Europe' (2012).
Theo Notteboom has contributed chapters to a large number of academic books. A selection is provided below:
2012 20122012 2012
He was a speaker/session chairman at more than 250 international academic and business conferences, many of them hosted by leading organizations such as the International Transport Forum (ITF-OECD, formerly ECMT), the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the Federation of European Private Terminals Operators (FEPORT), the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP), the International Association of Cities and Ports (IACP/AIVP), TOC Europe, the European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO), the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), the World Ocean Forum, the International Association of Maritime Economics (IAME), the World Conference on Transportation Research (WCTR), the Benelux Interuniversity Group of Transport Economists (BIVEC), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Australian Consumer and Competition Authorities (ACCC),
He was scientific co-ordinator or co-organizer of a dozen international and national conferences, including the First International Conference on Logistics Strategy of Ports (ICLSP) held in Dalian in September 2004, the
conference on 'Fostering seaports - and beyond' held in Antwerp in October 2006, the
'Ports in proximity
' conference held in Antwerp/Willemstad/Rotterdam in December 2007, the
Third International Conference on Logistics Strategy for Ports
(ICLSP) held in Dalian in April 2008, the 'Asian Logistics Round Table 2010 Conference and Meeting' held in Antwerp on 2-3 December 2010 and the IAME 2011 Annual conference held in Santiago (Chile) on 26-28 October 2011.
KEY POSITIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Since July 2010: President of the
International Association of Maritime Economists
Elected as president of IAME in July 2010 and reelected for a term of two years in September 2012 after having been in the IAME Council between 2006 and 2010.
IAME is an international forum for the exchange of research and information among those interested in maritime and maritime-related issues. Membership is drawn from all continents and representation includes academics, industry and government. IAME has a membership of over 400 maritime economists and organizes annual conferences (Lyon 1992, Vancouver 1996, London 1997, Antwerp 1998, Halifax 1999, Naples 2000, Hong Kong 2001, Panama 2002, Busan 2003, Izmir 2004, Cyprus 2005, Melbourne 2006, Athens 2007, Dalian 2008, Copenhagen 2009, Lisbon 2010, Santiago 2011, Taipei 2012 and upcoming Marseille 2013 and Norfolk - Virginia 2015).
Since 2010: One of the three directors of PortEconomics.eu
The two other directors are Thanos Pallis (University of the Aegean) and Peter de Langen (Eindhoven University of Technology). PortEconomics.eu is an academic research group founded in early 2010 and aiming at generating and diffusing knowledge about seaports (www.porteconomics.eu).
2009-2010: Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Asian Logistics Round Table (ALRT).
Founded in 2007, ALRT
is an international cooperation program between academic research centers to address research questions linked to transport and logistics, mainly in Asia. ALRT organizes conferences (ALRT2007 - Taiwan, ALRT2008 - Taiwan, ALRT2009 - Incheon, Korea, ALRT2010 - Antwerp and upcoming ALRT2012 - Vancouver) and is developing several research tracks between partner universities. Member universities include Australian Maritime College (Australia), RIMT (Australia), Department of Logistics and Shipping - Kainan University (Taiwan), Department of Logistics - Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), Jungseok Research Institute of International Logistics - Inha University (South Korea), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Center for Transportation Studies - University of Britisch Columbia (Canada), Napier University (UK), Heriot-Watt University (UK) and ITMMA - University of Antwerp. The Greater China Supply Chain and Logistics (GCSCL) network acts as observer.
Since 2009: Chairman of the Board of Directors of
(Belgian Institute for Transport Organizers)
BITO is an official institute of the Belgian Federal Government with a broad membership including the main companies and branch organisations in logistics and freight forwarding in Belgium
2007-2009: Member of the Board of Directors of the Benelux Interuniversity group of transport economists -
BIVEC is a major academic association of transport economists in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. Its activities include the BIVEC Research Days, Benelux-BIVEC conference and seminars and the BIVEC Ph.D. award.
Member of editorial board of
Journal of Transport Geography
Associate Editor of
Maritime Policy and Management
Member of the editorial board of
WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs
Member of the editorial board of Maritime Economics and Logistics
Member of the editorial board of International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
Member of the editorial board De Grote Rede.
Past member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift Vervoerwetenschap between 2000 and 2008.
Association of American Geographers
, Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences , Royal Belgian Marine Academy, Antwerp Maritime Circle, IAME