Special Issue "Sustainable City Logistics and Humanitarian Logistics"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Eiichi Taniguchi
Guest Editor
Resilience Research Unit, Kyoto University, Rohm Plaza, Kyotodaigaku-Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8520 Japan
Interests: city logistics; urban freight transport; humanitarian logistics; ITS
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Assoc. Prof. Russell G. Thompson
Guest Editor
Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia
Interests: city logistics; urban freight transport; humanitarian logistics; ITS
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many cities around the world try to tackle complicated problems associated with urban freight transport including higher costs, traffic congestion, traffic safety, environment, and energy consumption. The concept of city logistics provides opportunities to solve these issues using innovative technologies of ICT (information and communication technologies), ITS (intelligent transport systems), IoT (Internet of things), big data, AI (artificial intelligence), and robots, as well as public–private partnerships among stakeholders. City logistics aims to improve the sustainability of urban freight transport systems by balancing economic growth and environmental friendliness. In disasters, humanitarian logistics are needed for providing quick and efficient systems for the delivery of water, food, daily commodities, and medical services to people affected by disasters at shelters and their homes. Humanitarian aid delivery is essential for ensuring the safety and health of people in the emergency cases of disasters. 

This Special Issue aims to provide knowledge and experience on the recent advancements of sustainable city logistics and humanitarian logistics. It highlights the modelling, planning, and management of sustainable urban freight transport systems in normal and emergency cases.

We welcome papers on the following topics for this Special Issue:

  • Modelling city logistics using vehicle routing and scheduling, location routing, multi-agent simulation, and network flow models;
  • Planning and management of city logistics schemes, including joint delivery, off-hour delivery, access control, urban consolidation centers, and parcel rockers;
  • Application of innovative technologies including ICT, ITS, IoT, big data, AI, and robots in city logistics;
  • Evaluation of city logistics measures in case studies in terms of costs, environment, safety, and energy consumption;
  • Modelling humanitarian logistics;
  • Reliability and vulnerability analyses of road networks in disasters;
  • Preparedness of planning humanitarian logistics before disasters;
  • Case studies of humanitarian aid delivery in disasters of flooding, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and pandemics of infectious disease.

Prof. Eiichi Taniguchi
Assoc. Prof. Russell G. Thompson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • city logistics
  • humanitarian logistics
  • sustainable urban freight transport
  • ITS
  • public–private partnerships

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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