Three months after her PhD defense on the topic of decentralized energy systems, Iolanda Saviuc took a moment to reflect on her PhD process. She became curious about the connection that people who did a PhD share and wondered what is behind this connection. In her research column she compares her PhD journey with the the classic divide between ‘hedgehogs’ and ‘foxes’, people knowing one thing and in-depth, and people knowing many things, not in-depth.
The pandemic has a very unequal impact on different industries, companies and individuals. A part of the economy quickly recovers, and sometimes even performs better than ever (big tech firms for example), while other industries do not recover at all (tourism for example). This blog is a summary of the ‘Corona & Onze Economie: Wat Nu?’ lecture, hosted by student association Wikings NSK and alumni organisation Alechia VZW.
“You live in a house with a bunch of strongly opinionated roommates” | Loren Pauwels about her 7,5 year-long PhD journey
Loren Pauwels recently wrapped up her PhD journey after 7,5 years. In her own words, she shares her research experiences at the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Today, there are many innovative projects on logistics, mobility, car use and local commerce organised in governments. But are we really talking about innovations? or are we talking about retro mobility, retro logistics and retro shopping? We are convinced the next decade will be defined by the reintroduction of many customs from the ’50s and ’60s.
Distribution strategies for the Corona vaccine: Free up hands in hospitals and reduce the risk of losing doses
Using hospitals as distribution hubs initially seemed a logical choice for storage and distribution of vaccines. However, the increased workload for the hospital staff and an increased risk of losing vaccines must be taken into account. The Think Tank Vaccine Distribution looked into different scenarios.
During Economie Ontcijferd, Prof. Steven Van Passel, talks about the economic implications of climate action and inaction. A brief summary.
Integrated risk and crisis governance of critical infrastructures: An analysis of the safety network in the Port of Antwerp
In a new research project, professors of the Faculty of Business and Economics work together with the Port of Antwerp to analyze the safety networks with the aim to achieve integrated risk and crisis governance for this critical infrastructure.
For Sven Buyle, starting an academic career was not really his childhood dream As a fourteen-year-old, he dreamed of becoming a pilot. Little did he know that, a decade later, he would start a PhD in air transport economics.
Peak volume problems, next day delivery and nationwide prices: What the parcel industry can learn from the aviation sector
The current problems of the parcel industry were unfortunately clearly written in the stars. The business model of the webshops and distributors has reached its limits. A lot can be learned from the airline industry, but consumers too will have to become more aware of the challenges the e-commerce parcel market faces.
The University of Antwerp is proud to announce Arnaud Adam and Joris Beckers as the winners of the triennial Mercator-Ortelius Prize 202. With their thesis, both authors make an original contribution of high scientific quality to a relevant social and economic theme.
The COVID-19 crisis offers a great opportunity for your local bakery, specialized retailer or grocery store. The obligatory closure of physical shops forced many of them to finally set up a webshop while consumers had to move online to purchase products. Joris Beckers (UAntwerp) explains why entrepreneurs should now benefit from the efforts made and professionalize their online channel.
A think tank of professors from the University of Antwerp and industry experts has focused on the logistical organization for the distribution of the corona vaccines. After consulting with logistics parties, courier companies, non-profit organizations, international logistics experts and pharmaceutical companies, they have noted four main observations that are important for both the COVID19 vaccine distribution and immunization campaigns.
Sustalab, short for sustainability lab, is a learning, leadership and consultancy for good initiative. The dynamic team of students and alumni use hands-on management methods and self-developed tools to facilitate sustainable change among companies, sector federations and the Flemish government.
Yanou Ramon won this year’s “Best Paper Award” for her paper on “Metafeatures-based explanations for prediction models on big behavior data”. The Award Committee selected her paper during the first virtual edition of the Doctoral Day.
This year, 4 students of the Faculty of Business and Economics won the Pierre Wildiers award for best thesis in 2019. The winners were selected based on three criteria: scientific quality of the Master’s thesis, academic language and newsworthiness of the findings. Each of the students are awarded with the prestigious title and a money prize of 1.250 €.
Danny Sandra obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Business and Economics (UAntwerp). In one minute, he explains why entrainment is relevant for organisations and how the model of spiritual leadership can influence this process.
The whole world is looking for an effective COVID-vaccine. Several logistics parties have cited that not only the development of the vaccine is a feat, but that the distribution too will be challenging. Is the logistical sector ready?
Walter Van Andel was finishing his PhD when the pandemic hit. It taught him valuable lessons about the content of his dissertation, and the value of being able to realign your perspective in the light of unexpected changes.
Researchers of the University of Antwerp – Faculty of Business and Economics developed a transport model that allows the calculation of the cost of different transport chains. Find out more in this short movie starring Prof. Edwin van Hassel.
On Friday 21 August 2020, the very first digital ‘Corona-proof’ Urban Logistics Summer School 2020 took place. The event was organised by the Department of Transport and Regional Economics TPR. Prof. Roel Gevaers moderated an online discussion on ‘Best Practices & Applied Policies for Urban Logistics.