Marta Gonzalez-Aregall
​”I plan to build bridges and interconnect logistics academics, companies and new researchers from the north of Europe and around the world”, says Marta Gonzalez-Aregall, new director of Northern LEAD

Meet the new director of Northern LEAD

​She thinks logistics is the perfect match between technology and economics – and therefore strongly believes in the collaboration between Chalmers and University of Gothenburg. Meet Marta Gonzalez-Aregall, the new director of Northern LEAD research centre.
​Spain, Canada and Chile. These are some of the places around the world where Marta Gonzalez-Aregall has conducted research. With her international background and experience, she hopes to help connecting international and national academics, companies, authorities and other organizations.


”From an interdisciplinary perspective, I plan to build bridges and interconnect logistics academics, companies and new researchers from the north of Europe and around the world. For sure, Gothenburg, with a wide logistics platform and as a relevant port town, is the perfect location”, she says.
 

”It is important to keep logistics researchers, companies and authorities together in order to deal with common concerns and new projects”

Marta Gonzalez-Aregall, director of Northern LEAD

In her research, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall focuses on maritime transportation, sustainable shipping and port's labour conflicts. She believes that Northern LEAD has a key role as a reference research centre for sustainable logistics solutions.
 
”It is important to keep logistics researchers, companies and authorities together in order to deal with common concerns and new projects. Also, logistics is the perfect match between technology and economics. Therefore, it is important to have a platform and collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, to learn common aspects from different points of view”, she says.

What do you look forward to in your new role?
”I aim to contribute with knowledge and perspectives on major contemporary problems on logistics and transport, as well as to generate new perspectives and knowledge on sustainable development as a major global challenge today”.
 
Jonas Flodén, the previous director of Northern LEAD, describes the past three years working for the centre as a very positive experience.
 
“I am now looking forward to seeing the centre develop further in the competent hands of Marta Gonzalez-Aregall and Mats Johansson. It has been inspiring to see all the good and open cooperation we have between our departments at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers”, he says.
 
Marta Gonzalez-Aregall is leading the Northern LEAD research centre together with vice director Mats Johansson, Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Chalmers.
 
Text: Ulrika Ernström

More about Marta Gonzalez-Aregall

Marta Gonzalez-Aregall is a postdoc researcher at the University of Gothenburg in the Logistics and Transport Research Group. Her current research focuses on maritime transportation, sustainable shipping and port's labour conflicts.
 
Marta Gonzalez-Aregall holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona and has conducted research stays at the Universities of British Columbia (Vancouver), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and the UN-ECLAC (Chile).

During her PhD, she has focused her research on evaluation of competition and efficiency of port infrastructure, privatization and regulation of transport infrastructures and the spatial effects of transportation.

Published: Tue 26 Feb 2019.