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Nikolas Thomopoulos

Nikolas Thomopoulos BSc, MSc, PhD

Nikolas Thomopoulos
BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Transport and Business Logistics

Department of Systems Management and Strategy

Business School

Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos is a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Business Logistics. Previously he was a researcher at LSE Cities and at the Institute for Transport Studies of the University of Leeds, where he was also a Marie Curie fellow. He studied economics at the University of Macedonia in Greece, then completed his MSc at the University of Oxford and subsequently acquired his PhD from the University of Leeds. Following his studies in Greece, Germany and the UK he has contributed in a range of FP-6 and FP-7 research projects and has advised start-ups as an independent business consultant. In the build-up to COP-21 he coordinated research within the New Climate Economy project, which was funded by national governments , and collaborated with established academics and practitioners across the globe. 

In 2011 he was an academic visitor at the Econometrics and Statistics Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Italy, then in 2013-2014 he was the Chair of a RSA Research Network on 'smart' and 'green' growth and in 2015 he acted as the main co-editor and author of the book "ICT for transport: Opportunities and threats". Prior to that he has hosted several international workshops, whereas his research has been presented at leading international conferences and published through various channels. His wider research interests revolve around the business and socio-economic impacts of ICT for transport, the review of economic and environmental assessment methods and the evaluation of urban and regional policy. Currently he is also focussing on supply chain management and business logistics challenges of land and maritime transport.

Since 2009, Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos has been teaching and supervising students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK. His lecturing experience includes guest lectures at UCL and Westminster as well as the delivery of executive education courses to British Government officials and to executives in Vietnam.

Teaching and administrative activities:

Currently contributing in the design and delivery of various undergraduate and postgraduate courses as leader and team member:

  • Transport management and planning (Passenger and Freight)
  • Strategic Management and Transport Policy
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management: Strategies and Sustainability issues
  • e-Logistics and International Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Strategy
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • 2015 London Planning Awards: winning team adviser
  • DG Regio Open Days 2013: Early Career Research poster competition finalist
  • Journal paper nomination for 2010 best ICE publication
  • Expert Evaluation Panel member of the COST Action
  • Invited speaker at various events
  • RSA fellow
  • Reviewer for a range of academic journals such as Transport Policy, Transport Geography, European Transport Research Review,  Transport Reviews

Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos' research interests revolve around the business and socio-economic impacts of ICT for transport, the review of economic and environmental assessment methods and the evaluation of urban and regional policy. He has used both quantitative and qualitative methods while conducting academic and policy relevant research for local and regional authorities, whilst currently he is also focussing on supply chain management and business logistics challenges of land and maritime transport. Key research areas are:

Transport:

  • ICT for transport in 'smart' and 'green' cities
  • Developing urban and regional transport policies to address contemporary mobility challenges

Evaluation:

  • Improving evaluation methods e.g. CBA, MCA
  • Policy evaluation: transport, economic, social, environmental

Other areas of interest:

  • Privacy and surveillance challenges to improve the effectiveness of market research
  • Labour migration and its impact on industrial location and supply chain management
  • Ethics and equity issues and their incorporation in wider policy frameworks
  • Nature - Society interaction, particularly under the technological optimism bias prism

Book

Thomopoulos, N.,Givoni, M., Rietveld, P.  (eds.) (2015) ICT for transport: Opportunities and threats, Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar.

Book sections

Rode P., Floater G., Thomopoulos N., Docherty J., Schwinger P., Mahendra A., Fang W. (2017) Accessibility in Cities: Transport and Urban Form. In Meyer G. and Shaheen S. (Eds.) Disrupting Mobility: Impacts of Sharing Economy and Innovative Transportation on Cities, Part of the series Lecture Notes in Mobility, Cham: Springer, pp. 239-273.

Amelung-Herzongerath, H. Troullinou, P., Thomopoulos, N. (2015) Reversing the order: Towards a philosophically informed debate on ICT for transport. In Thomopoulos, N.,Givoni, M., Rietveld, P.  (eds.) ICT for transport: Opportunities and threats, Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar, pp. 205-225.

Thomopoulos, N., Karanasios, S. (2014) Social impacts of Information and Communication Technologies in transport. In Garrett, M. and Golson, G. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transportation, Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 575-578.

Anciaes, P., Thomopoulos, N. (2014) Ethics in transportation. In Garrett, M. and Golson, G. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transportation, Thousand Oaks: SAGE, pp. 534-540.

Thomopoulos, N., Embery, J. (2013) Two birds with one stone: Enhancing education for sustainable development and employability – Chapter 9. In Atfield, R., Kemp, P. (eds.) Enhancing education for sustainable development in business, management, hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism. York: Higher Education Academy.

Journal articles

Thomopoulos N., Harrison G. (2016) An ethical assessment of low carbon vehicles using Cost-Benefit Analysis, International Journal of Automotive Technology & Management, 16(3), pp. 227-247.

Thomopoulos, N., Givoni, M. (2015) The autonomous car - a blessing or a curse for the future of low carbon mobility? An exploration of likely vs. desirable outcomes, European Journal of Futures Research, DOI: 10.1007/s40309-015-0071-z.

Thomopoulos, N., Grant-Muller, S. (2013) Equity and the wider economic benefits in transport infrastructure assessment: an application of the SUMINI approach, Transportation, DOI:10.1007/s11116-012-9418-5, pp. 315-345.

Thomopoulos, N. (2013) Transport and Ethics: Ethics and the evaluation of transport policies and projects, Transport Reviews, 33(4), pp. 497-498.

Thomopoulos, N., Takama, T. (2010) Road user charging in UK National Parks: Upper Derwent, UK, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Transport, 163(2), pp. 93-107.

Thomopoulos, N., Grant-Muller, S., Tight, M. (2009) Incorporating equity considerations in transport infrastructure evaluation: Current practice and a proposed methodology, Evaluation and Program Planning, 32(4), pp. 351-359.

Thomopoulos, N., Grant-Muller, S., Tight, M. (2008) Evaluation of an MCA equity appraisal framework through a TEN-T case study, Association of European Transport.

Reports

NCE (2014) Better growth, better climate: The New Climate Economy report, Global report. Washington DC: Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Thomopoulos, N., Hodgson, F., Grant-Muller, S.  (2014) D7.3 Living Lab report: Leeds, Sustainable Social Networking Services for Transport (SUNSET), FP7 no270228, Brussels: DG Information  Society & Media, European Commission.

Kusumastuti, D., Bie, J., Veenstra, S., Grant-Muller, S., Thomopoulos, N., Klok, E., van Huyten, Y.  (2013) D6.1 Evaluation approach for operational success and effectiveness of incentives, Sustainable Social Networking Services for Transport, (SUNSET), FP7 no270228, Brussels: DG Information  Society & Media, European Commission.

Hjalmarsson, A., Thomopoulos, N., Hodgson, F., Klok, E., Bjilsma, M., Dethmers, V. (2012) D5.3 Business Aspects, Sustainable Social Networking Services for Transport (SUNSET), FP7 n.270228, Brussels: DG Information  Society & Media, European Commission.

Labrianidis, L., Kalogeresis, A., Kourtesis, A., Thomopoulos, N. (2005) MOVE: The changing geography of production in labour intensive industries. State of the art report, FP6 STREP research project 'Improving the socio-economic knowledge base', EUR no22026, DG Research European Commission, Brussels.

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Dr Nikolas Thomopoulos has presented research findings in various international workshops and conferences:

  • Low Carbon Mobility RSA workshop, Krakow (2015)
  • Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting, London (2014)
  • AAG annual meeting, Los Angeles (2013)
  • International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hull (2012)
  • NECTAR cluster meeting, Angra do HeroĆ­smo (2011)
  • 23rd ERSA summer school on spatial econometrics, Stockholm (2010)
  • European Transport Conference, Leeuwenhorst (2008)
  • World Conference on Transport Research, Berkeley CA (2007)

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