School of Business and Economics


17 Sep 2015

Loughborough hosts world-leading academics for major research and innovation partnership project

Dr Alok Choudhary on LU campus Dr Alok Choudhary

Senior academics from the EU and India will be on campus for two days next week as part of a major new research project, REINVEST, hosted by the School of Business and Economics’ Dr Alok Choudhary, who is the PI for the project.

Dr Choudhary (Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the SBE and an International Climate Leader trained by Nobel Laureate and former US Vice-President Al Gore) will host the group, which comprises academics from the EU (University of Sheffield, UK; South East European Research Centre, Greece; and University of Padua, Italy), and senior staff from three Indian Institutes of Technology (Delhi, Kharagpur and Mumbai). They will tour the Loughborough campus and meet with the Vice-Chancellor and Loughborough academics interested in the research area.

REINVEST (or: EU-India Research & Innovation Partnership for Efficient and Sustainable Freight Transportation) is a four-year, €400,000, EU-funded project which aims to bring together seven leading research centres and universities from the EU and India with complementing expertise in order to develop and enhance strategic co-operation and research collaboration between the EU and India, within the field of freight transportation.

The main focus of the group is on sustainability and efficiencies, with the objective of making freight transportation more environmentally friendly, as well as financially and socially sustainable in the longer-term.

Dr Choudhary said:

This is a very exciting and timely initiative. Globally, more than 8 billion tonnes of freight moves in international transportation, and it will continue to grow. There is a greater need than ever before to tackle the pressing challenge of minimising environmental impacts caused by the freight transportation industry.

With this project, we aim to develop toolkits, techniques and strategies for efficient logistics, energy management (including fuel saving), waste management and pollution control for three major freight modes of ship, rail and truck to make it environmentally friendly and financially and socially sustainable.

We are also keen to work with India’s best universities to strengthen Loughborough’s links internationally and to foster research and innovation. Furthermore, we have been invited by Cambridge University to participate in a two-day UK-India collaboration and industry day meeting later this month.

In addition to REINVEST, Dr Choudhary and colleagues are working on another project (Nex-GIFT: Next-Generation Sustainable Freight Transportation), funded by the British Council with two American Universities (Rutgers University, New York, and Temple University, Philadelphia).

With Nex-GIFT,” explained Dr Choudhary, “we are hoping to strengthen research collaboration in this area and to get a global perspective for this global challenge.

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