RoRo shipping essential for a more sustainable transport system, Anastasia Christodoulou is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sch

RoRo shipping essential for a more sustainable transport system

​With her research, Anastasia Christodoulou hope to strengthen the competitive advantages of RoRo shipping. The goal: to contribute to a more sustainable transport system in Europe.
​Anastasia Christodoulou is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Business, Economics and Law of the  University of Gothenburg. Her position is financed by Lighthouse.
How would you describe your research area?
– I am currently a Lighthouse Postdoctoral fellow, working at the School of Business, Economics and Law of the University of Gothenburg. My research focuses on the demand aspects of the RoRo / RoPax segments, which are predominant in the Swedish shipping industry and share some particular characteristics compared to containerships, tankers and dry bulk carriers. The demand for Ro/Ro services is much more elastic than the other segments, as RoRo services compete directly to road and rail transport and RoRo operators constantly need to meet shippers’ requirements offering high quality services. The aim of research is to identify determinants of shippers’ decisions on the transport mode employed for the transportation of their goods, with a focus on strengthening RoRo shipping competitive advantages. The research work is based on qualitative interviews with major shippers and leading RoRo shipping companies as well as quantitative survey data.
Why do you find this area so interesting?
– What I find really exciting in this area is the fact that the development and further use of RoRo shipping can play a significant role for the achievement of a more sustainable transport system in Europe, as maritime transport is by far the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport. The topography of Sweden (having a coastline in excess of 11,600 kilometres and the majority of its industrial and production centers located near the coast) as well as its peripheral location in relation to the European Union (requiring quite long travel distances) provide RoRo shipping with a geographical advantage over other modes of transport, facilitating Sweden’s foreign trade and offering an environmentally friendly alternative to congested road networks.
What are you looking forward to in your research?
– I am looking forward to obtaining an image of shippers’ perspective regarding the demand of RoRo services, and identifying the determinant factors that make RoRo shipping more or less competitive compared to land-based modes of transport
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
– I conducted my undergraduate studies (both Bachelor and Master of Science) and got my Phd in 2014 from the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus in Greece. In July 2008, I got a fellowship for dissertation research from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece (2008-2011). My thesis was entitled ‘External cost of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping: assessment and evaluation of various instruments for the internalization of this cost’ and focused on the external cost of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and the further exploration of various operational and market-based policies and incentives that could lead to the internalization of this external cost and the achievement of a more energy-efficient and sustainable maritime development.


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.
More about the research field of RoRo shipping
The logistic research within shipping is heavily dominated by the container segment and international research can often be translated into Swedish conditions. Swedish foreign trade, Swedish shipping companies and Swedish ports, however, is clearly more dependent on the RoRo / RoPax segments. Sweden shares its dependence on RoRo/RoPax with a few countries and there is a strong need to conduct our own research. The segment is also clear contextually, with route specific vessels, competitive conditions and seasonal dependencies. In addition, it is likely that RoPax is the transportation concept with the greatest variation in demand character, the target group is basically everything that can walk or roll on board


Page manager Published: Thu 29 Jun 2017.