Research with focus on a more sustainable shipping industry, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall is a PhD of International Logistics and Tran

Research with focus on a more sustainable shipping industry

​As a new postdoc within Northern LEAD Marta Gonzalez-Aregall will focus on environmental control charges and incentive structures for ports. The aim is to enhance the environmental performance of the shipping industry.
​Marta Gonzalez-Aregall is a postdoctoral researcher of International Logistics and Transport Economics at the University of Gothenburg. Her research is financed by Lighthouse.
How would you describe the project you are working with?
– The aim of the project is to identify incentives and fees established by ports in order to improve the environmental performance of its connecting transport network, with focus on hinterland perspective.
Why do you find this area so interesting?
– Because with this research it is possible to enhance the environmental performance of the shipping industry, and apply this in some ports.

What are you looking forward to in your research?
– I am looking forward to enhancing my knowledge on port infrastructure research. My research interest is to study the relationship between several aspects such as management, efficiency, regulation and the environmental aspects. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a great research group.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
– I recieved my PhD in Economics at the University of Barcelona in 2016. I have conducted research stays at the Universities of British Columbia (Vancouver), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and UN-ECLAC (Chile). I have focused my research on evaluation of maritime transportation, competition and efficiency of port infrastructure, privatization and regulation of transport infrastructures and the spatial effects of transportation. I have presented my work at many international conferences, and have published my papers in journals like Transport Policy and International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

Text: Ulrika Ernström


Lighthouse postdoctoral programme is a programme with five postdocs at four different universities. The postdocs work in a triple helix perspective where industry, society and academia come together to promote research, development and innovation.
About the project
Gothenburg University and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute are developing a project on policy and means of control, directed towards incentive structures and environmentally differentiated port and destination charges. The goal is that port's clients, switches to environmentally efficient vehicles/vessels and technologies and alternative fuels. Examples of incentives are shorter waiting times for vehicles and vessels with higher environmental performance and a incentitative for policy instruments can be arrival fees based on trucks' environmental performance. The fees do not increase total revenue, but favor the shipping lines, trucking companies and rail operators who choose more eco-efficient solutions in the form of a bonus-malus system.

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