Kuehne Logistics University

Professor Alan McKinnon (External Adviser)

Alan McKinnon had a part-time professorship  in the Heriot-Watt’s Logistics Research Centre which he set up in 1997.  He was director of this Centre until 2012 when he became  head of logistics at the Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg.  A graduate of the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and London, Professor McKinnon has been researching and teaching in freight transport and logistics for thirty-five years and has published extensively on these subjects in journals and books. He has been a principal investigator on four EPSRC and five EU projects, has undertaken research and consultancy studies for numerous public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas and been an adviser to several UK government departments and parliamentary committees, the European Commission, the International Transport Forum, International Energy Agency and OECD.  In 2010 Prof McKinnon was appointed Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Council.  He is a member of the High Level Group on Logistics set up by the European Commission to advise the Transport Commissioner of logistics issues. In 2012 he was appointed a lead author of the transport chapter in the 5th assessment report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which will be published in 2014.  Prof McKinnon’s research has examined many different aspects of logistics, including retail logistics, freight transport management and policy, the environmental impact of logistics, supply chain trends and the links between logistics and freight traffic growth. In recent years he has been involved in major studies examining the case for increasing maximum truck size and weight, road user charging for trucks, the impact of traffic congestion on the reliability of supply chains and opportunities for cutting CO2 emissions from the freight sector.  He has held visiting professorships in  Malaysia, Australia, China and Sweden.  In 2003 he received the Sir Robert Lawrence award, the highest distinction of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for his track record of research and education in logistics.