Shipping and Logistics

Shipping and logistics are important for Norway for two obvious reasons: Norwegian shipping and maritime services’ position in international markets and the fact that Norway is very dependent on efficient transport and logistics domestically. While the two research areas (shipping economics and logistics) have developed somewhat separately within academia, maritime transportation is obviously a key part of most global logistics systems.

The Shipping and Logistics Research Program at SNF comprises of both theoretical and empirical maritime transport and logistics research in close co-operation with the Norwegian and international maritime industry. Having leading scholars in both economics and operations research within the group sets us apart from more technically-focused groups at other institutions in Norway and internationally. We believe that the most challenging questions and innovative research will arise where the two areas intersect – such as optimizing decisions under uncertainty subject to more realistic models of market uncertainty.


The research program covers a wide range of joint research projects funded by Norwegian industry partners, the Bergen Shipowners’ Association and the Research Council of Norway. Below we list some current and recent projects:

• Logistics and Economics of Autonomous Vessels (2018 - 2021)
• Smart digital contracts and commercial management (2018 - 2021)
• Real energy efficiency and emissions in the seaway (2016 - 2019)
• Green shipping under uncertainty (2014 - 2017)
• Mapping vessel behavior and cargo flows (2014 - 2016)


The research program comprises a large group of highly experienced researchers within the fields of operations research and shipping economics, but also several young researchers and PhD students with top analytical skills.

Program director: Professor Roar Adland, NHH, Department of Business and Management Science

Phone: +47 5595 9467


• Stein W. Wallace (professor, NHH)
• Siri Pettersen Strandenes (professor, NHH)
• Gunnar Eskeland (professor, NHH)
• Kurt Jørnsten (professor, NHH)
• Stig Tenold (professor, NHH)
• Jonas Andersson (professor, NHH)
• Mario Guajardo (Associate Professor, NHH)
• Sigrid Lise Nonås (Associate Professor, NHH)
• Julio Cesar Goez (Assistant Professor, NHH)
• Haiying Jia (Researcher, SNF)

PhD students
• Lisa Maria Assmann
• Vit Prochazka
• Yewen Gu
• Ondrej Osicka