RMIT is building a leading research team to develop strategic initiatives with industry, and an action plan for external research grant applications.

RMIT’s Global Supply Chain and Logistics (GSCL) Research Priority Area  is established with the vision of advancing research to support and facilitate industry-relevant applied research and practice of logistics and supply chain management in a globalising world of trade and business development. 

GSCL’s overarching goal is to build up a depository of research capabilities, a leading research team for developing strategic research initiatives with industry partners, and an action plan for external research grant applications.

GSCL seeks to expand its practice-relevant leadership role in logistics and supply chain research; and provide value-adding, practice-enhancing research products to the logistics industry to broaden its outreach.

GSCL provides thought leadership in conducting multi-disciplinary research, blending different yet complementary approaches to address complex industry and societal challenges.  It will be founded on cross-school and cross-college institutional framework to help integrate crucially linked areas of transport, infrastructure, logistics and supply chain management.

Its longer term vision is to establish a Centre of Excellence to provide a fully supportive state-of-the-art interactive platform to demonstrate the implications of logistics and supply chain solutions to tackle industry challenges.

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Professor Prem Chhetri

Dr Prem Chhetri is professor of geo-logistics and Director of the Global Supply Chain and Logistics research priority area.

Value propositions

  • Enhancing the reputation of RMIT’s Supply Chain and Logistics discipline as an internationally acclaimed provider of industry-relevant logistics research and education;
  • Distinguishing RMIT’s supply chain and logistics research as global in outlook, industry-based in focus, collaborative in approach, multi-disciplinary in perspective, and applied in emphasis; and
  • Fostering within RMIT Business and the University research concentrations that are identified with one of the fastest-growing sectors of the world economy.

Professional associations

The GSCL  has strong links with the following IT and logistics professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Council of Association of Australia (SCLAA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPSA)
  • The Association for Information Systems


Current research capabilities within the Priority Area fall under the following areas:

  • Modelling complexity of supply chain risk
  • e-supply chain solutions and collaboration
  • Freight logistics and warehousing
  • Global supply chain design and optimisaiton
  • Lean logistics, Lean Six Sigma and Quality management
  • Maritime transport and port logistics
  • Urban freight and city logistics
  • Retail logistics and supply chain disruptions
  • Supply chain technology
  • Strategic procurement and low-cost outsourcing
  • Humanitarian logistics and emergency management
  • Business analytics and simulation
  • Location-based services
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