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Theo Notteboom

Theo Notteboom is Professor in maritime and port economics and management. He is Chair Professor ‘North Sea Port’ at the Maritime Institute of Ghent University, a part-time Professor at Antwerp Maritime Academy and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Antwerp, and a visiting research Professor at Shanghai Maritime University in China. He is co-director of He is member of the IAPH Risk and Resilience Committee for which he co-authors world port barometer reports together with Thanos Pallis. He is Associate Editor of Maritime Economics & Logistics, Editor of Journal of Shipping and Trade and a member of the editorial boards of eight other leading academic journals in the field.

He is past President (2010-2014) and Council Member (2006-2020) of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). He previously held a full-time position as Full Professor and High-end Foreign Expert at Dalian Maritime University in China (2014-2016). In the period 2006-2014 he was academic head and professor at the Institute of Transport and Maritime Management Antwerp (ITMMA) of University of Antwerp. Between 2009 and 2014 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belgian Institute of Transport Organizers (BITO), an institute of the Belgian Federal Government. Furthermore, he was holder of the MPA visiting professorship in port management at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

He published over 150 papers in first-tier academic journals and another 370 publications in the form of reports and contributions to books, proceedings and specialized press. He is editor/author of ten academic books. He was a speaker, moderator or panellist at over 400 international academic and business conferences held across the world, many of them hosted by leading organizations. Throughout his career, he received 12 prestigious international awards for his research and achievements in the field. Theo Notteboom was supervisor of 8 successfully defended PhDs in the field of port and maritime economics. He was an invited jury member at 25 PhD viva held in universities in Hong Kong, mainland China, Australia, Canada, Sweden, the UK, Latvia, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. Theo Notteboom acts a rapporteur/expert to leading organizations and corporations in the field and has been involved as promoter or co-promoter in more than 100 academic research programs and (boardroom) consultancy studies on the port and maritime industry and logistics topics commissioned by organizations and numerous private companies and government departments in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Latest publications

  • NOTTEBOOM T., PALLIS A.A., RODRIGUE J-P., 2021, Disruptions and Resilience in Container Shipping, Ports and Supply chains: The COVID-19 pandemic vs. the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis, Maritime Economics and Logistics, 23(2), 179–210
  • MUNIM, Z.H., SAHA, R., SCHOYEN, H., NG, A.K.Y., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2021, An evaluation of autonomous ship alternatives for future container shipping in the Arctic routes, Journal of Marine Science and Technology (JMST)
  • PARIDAENS, H., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2021, National Integrated Maritime Policies (IMP): vision formulation, regional embeddedness and institutional attributes for effective policy integration, Sustainability, 13(17), 9557,
  • RODRIGUE, J.-P., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2021, Automation in Container Port Systems and Management, TR News, no. 334, July-August 2021, special issue on ‘Innovations on the Horizon’, publication of TRB (Transportation Research Board) – The National Academy of Sciences (US), pp. 20-26
  • SHA, M., NOTTEBOOM, T., ZHANG, T., ZHOU, X., QIN, T., 2021, Simulation Model to Determine Ratios between Quay, Yard and Intra-Terminal Transfer Equipment in an Integrated Container Handling System, Journal of International Logistics and Trade, 19(1), 1-18,
  • CZERMANSKI, E., CIRELLA, G.T., ONISZCZUK-JASTRZĄBEK, A., PAWLOWSKA, B., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2021, An energy consumption approach to estimate air emission reductions in container shipping, Energies, 14, 278, 
  • FRASER, D., MPIKELELI, T., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2021. A valuation approach of port funding strategies with application to a container terminal concession in Sub Saharan Africa, Maritime Business Review (MABR), 6(2), 147-172
  • NOTTEBOOM, T. 2021, Container (liner) shipping, in: VICKERMAN, R. (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Transportation (section on “Freight Transport and Logistics”), Volume 3, Elsevier, pp. 247-256.
  • YANG, D., NOTTEBOOM, T., ZHOU, X., 2021, Spatial, temporal and institutional characteristics of entry strategies in inland container terminals: a comparison between Yangtze River and Rhine River, Journal of Transport Geography, 90, 102928, 
  • NOTTEBOOM, T., 2020, Roro shipping vs. trucking: revisiting the impact of low sulphur marine fuel use on the cost competitiveness of routing options in North Europe, WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs,
  • DUCRUET, C., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2020, Revisiting port system delineation through an analysis of maritime interdependencies among seaports, Geojournal,
  • NOTTEBOOM, T., SATTA, G., PAROLA, F., 2020, Brand strategies of container shipping lines following mergers and acquisitions: carriers’ visual identity options, Maritime Economics & Logistics, online first,
  • PAROLA, F., SATTA, G., NOTTEBOOM, T., PERSICO, L., 2020, Revisiting traffic forecasting by port authorities in the context of port planning and development, Maritime Economics & Logistics, online first,
  • YANG, Z., HE, Y., ZHU, H., NOTTEBOOM, T., 2020, China’s Investment in African Ports: Spatial Distribution, Entry Modes and Investor Profile, Research in Transportation Business and Management,
  • NOTTEBOOM, T., HARALAMBIDES, H., 2020, Port management and governance in a post COVID-19 era: quo vadis?, Maritime Economics and Logistics, 22, 329–352,
  • NOTTEBOOM, T., VAN DER LUGT, L., VAN SAASE, N., SEL, S., NEYENS, K., 2020, The role of seaports in Green Supply Chain Management: initiatives, attitudes and perspectives in Rotterdam, Antwerp, North Sea Port and Zeebrugge, Sustainability, vol. 12, 1688
  • NOTTEBOOM, T., YANG, D., XU, H., 2020, Container barge network development in inland rivers: A comparison between the Yangtze River and the Rhine River, Transportation Research part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 132, 587-605,
  • GE, J., ZHU, M., SHA, M., NOTTEBOOM, T., SHI, W., WANG, X., 2020, Towards 25,000 TEU vessels? A comparative economic analysis of ultra-large containership sizes under different market and operational conditions, Maritime Economics and Logistics, online first,
  • NOTTEBOOM, T., FRASER, D., 2020, The Development of the Container Port System in Southern Africa, in: OLUKOJU, A., CASTILLO HIDALGO, D. (eds.), African Seaports and Maritime Economics in Historical Perspective, Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics, London, 978-3-030-41399-6, pp. 171-201,