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India and Chicago await Dr Choudhary

Alok_linkedInA highly-acclaimed academic from Sheffield University Management School is visiting Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi to continue vital work on a research project that could change the future of freight transportation efficiency and sustainability.

Dr Alok Choudhary (pictured), Programme Director of the school’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, alongside colleagues Andrea Genovese and Adrian Solomon, is travelling to Delhi to attend a workshop aimed at continuing the team’s international collaboration with three other prestigious academic institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Rutgers School of Business–Camden (USA) and Fox School of Business, Temple University (USA) as part of a research project funded by the British Council’s UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). Representatives from several leading industries across India have confirmed their participation in this workshop.

Throughout the project, named Next Generation Sustainable Freight Transportation (NEX-GIFT), the team will research new and existing methodologies, identify best practices and create a knowledge framework for establishing practices to reduce the environmental impact caused by the freight industry in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and India.

Dr Choudhary’s research project is complemented by his established programme at Sheffield University Management School, which continues to go from strength to strength. The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management has recently been honoured with prestigious accreditations from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), which ensure the highest quality of learning, teaching and career development post-graduation. It boasts unrivalled links with industry and integrates these into course material so students have an excellent foundation in best-practice prior to graduation, as well as the academic know-how and rigorous knowledge base demanded by a Russell Group institution such as the University of Sheffield.

Together with Professor Alok Baveja from the Rutgers School of Business–Camden and their Indian collaborators, Dr Choudhary believes that substantial changes can be made through his pioneering research. He said: “Moving freight creates traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise and consumes fuel. Growing worldwide trade and intense pressure to reduce cost and environmental impact of this aging system will have serious and irreversible consequences. Therefore, there is a growing need for a coherent approach for freight transportation and logistics offering an opportunity for reinforced co-operation between freight transportation researches in three continents.”

“The environmental impacts are global and to establish efficient and environmental friendly global logistics network, collaborative studies are needed to understand and identify problems specific to each region. It is critical that the developed improvement strategies should not only consider the requirement of three different continents but also consider industrial and national competitiveness, consumers, shippers, logistics provides and governmental regulations of each region. Therefore, this trilateral research in partnership for innovation is invaluable”.

Cementing Dr Choudhary’s esteemed reputation in the field of sustainability and green issues; he has recently been selected as an international Climate Leader by former United States Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, who is leading and running The Climate Reality Project. Mr Gore has identified a select group of academics, NGOs, independent practitioners in the sector and entrepreneurs from across the world to attend a Chicago-based workshop where he will train the delegates to become Climate Leaders. Dr Choudhary’s responsibilities will then include raising awareness of the global climate crisis to stakeholders, including those on NEX-GIFT.

Relevant links:

Sheffield University Management School: www.sheffield.ac.uk/management

The Climate Reality Project: http://climaterealityproject.org/

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