CILT - Logistics Research Network (LRN)



What is LRN?

The LRN is an informal network of academics, researchers, practitioners and other interested individuals working in the area of logistics, supply chain management and operations management. Its main objective is to facilitate the generation, promotion and dissemination of relevant research. The LRN looks to improve upon the areas in which it serves and aims to have the research generated by the forum members make impactful contributions to the logistics, supply chain and operations management professions.

LRN Strategy

LRN is committed to the promotion of excellence in all aspects of supply chain research. It achieves this through the promotion of multidisciplinary work across its network of participating universities in the UK and overseas, as well as through collaboration with business and industry. LRN also recognises and encourages excellence through its various award schemes. It also pays close attention to the development of the next generation of logistics researchers (particularly through its annual PhD workshop). LRN also places a strong emphasis on collaboration with other research networks in related fields and in other parts of the world, as well as with partners from business and industry. The latter reflects the Network’s aspiration to become a focal point for research which has a positive impact on economic and wider societal wellbeing. LRN recognises that the effective communication of research findings is critically important and has developed various mechanisms in this regard. These include the Annual Conference, the International Journal of Logistics and LRN’s various other events and workshops.

LRN Conference and PhD Workshops


The LRN forum holds an annual conference every year to enable researchers to share ideas and research with each other whilst getting practical input from industry on possible application.

Held in September, the conference is held at a different university each year. In addition to the conference, a PhD workshop is put on to offer advice and guidance. 

Please visit the LRN conference page for more information.

Seed Corn Research Fund

Enabling the exploration of transport, supply chain and logistics issues in the UK and Ireland.  The Seed Corn Fund was set up to provide a small research grant on a ‘seed corn’ basis to enable supply chain, logistics and transport researchers in the UK and Ireland to explore issues of current and academic interest.The fund helps to encourage UK and Irish universities to develop their research capabilities.  By supporting small scale research projects in universities, the grant assists researchers working in emerging (research) groups in the hope that this will lead to the development of larger scale projects which will be able to attract funding from other commercial and public sources. 

With this in mind, it is unlikely that the funding for any one project under this scheme will exceed £7,500 other than in exceptional circumstances.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the CILT(UK) Seed Corn Fund

The grant is awarded annually.

Find out more here.

Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards

CILT sponsors the Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards which are presented each year at the LRN Conference Dinner

The Logistics Dissertation of the Year Awards are split into the following categories:


Winner receives a framed certificate and a cheque for £250  


Winner receives a framed certificate and a cheque for £250 

Awards are open to students based at UK and Republic of Ireland universities whose dissertations have been examined and passed during the appropriate calendar year. No more than one submission per named degree course may be submitted and resubmissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be accompanied by a nomination form.

For the purpose of the Dissertation Awards, logistics is defined as:
The management, planning, implementation and control of the efficient and effective procurement, movement and storage of goods (materials, parts and finished product inventory) and services and the relation information flows between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to achieve cost-effective customer satisfaction.  

James Cooper Memorial Cup (PhD)

The Award, in memory of Professor James Cooper, was inaugurated in 2000. It is presented annually to students at UK or Republic of Ireland universities. The Award is for research that makes an original contribution to the field and is directly relevant to the management of logistics and distribution. Submissions must clearly demonstrate the aforementioned criteria and may be submitted by the individual or his/her supervisor.

Winner receives the James Cooper Memorial Cup (held for a year, then taken back for engraving), a certificate and a cheque for £250  

For guidelines, nomination forms and more please click here.


Past Dissertation of the Year Award Winners

International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications

International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications publishes original and challenging work that has a clear applicability to the business world. As a result the journal concentrates on papers of an academic journal standard but aimed at the practitioner as much as the academic. High quality contributions are therefore welcomed from both academics and professionals working in the field of logistics and supply chain management. Papers should further our understanding of logistics and supply chain management and make a significant original contribution to knowledge. In this context the term ’logistics’ is taken in its broadest context as "the management of processes, flow of materials and associated information along the entire supply chain, from raw materials through to the final user of the product". The journal is purchased on a volume basis containing 6 issues a year.


To buy a personal subscription, please contact The Knowledge Centre


CILT(UK) University Accredited Degrees

CILT Accreditation gives your qualifications a universally recognised stamp of approval, and thus a competitive advantage within the industry.

Accredited University degrees offer exemption from the Education Requirements for Chartered Membership of the CILT. The accredited programmes should provide development of in-depth knowledge and skills in specific areas of logistics and transport or related areas.

To find out more click here or contact our professional development department.

For a listing of Universities who have been awarded CILT(UK) degree accreditation, please click here.

Academic Partnerships

Adding value to your transport, logistics and supply chain courses

CILT’s Academic Partnership offering allows educational institutions and training suppliers to select from a menu of benefit options from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport CILT(UK) in order to shape a package which best suits their needs.

Find out more here.

For a listing of current Academic Partners, please click here.

LRN Papers

View full papers for Annual Logistics Research Network Conference 2019 - View here


View the Full Proceedings from previous years in our archive.



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