CIELI conducts research in Logistics and Transport.

To achieve this mission, CIELI calls upon researchers and professors from the School of Social Sciences and the Polytechnic at University of Genoa as well as select, high level professionals who are involved in specific projects.

CIELI’s inter-disciplinary dimension is considered its distinguishing factor and a strength both in institutional research and in providing technical-managerial solutions for private firms and public institutions.


What We Do: Research Areas

CIELI research is articulated into thematic areas where researchers closely cooperate sharing specific expertise and skills. These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management;
  • Shipping and Intermodal Transport
  • Port Infrastructures
  • Transport and Urban Logistics
  • Land Transport and Infrastructures for Viability
  • Air Transport
  • Logistics Platforms and Logistics Infrastructure
  • ICT for Future Logistics Challenges and Transport Safety/Security
  • Ports and Cruise Tourism
  • Local Development Policies
  • Environmental Sustainability and Real Estate Development


What We Can Do: Interdisciplinary Expertise

Logistics and Transport are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Every CIELI professor and researcher confronts a problem and/or research project with “horizontal” skills that lend themselves to different disciplines.

  • Technical-engineering expertise: evaluation models, simulation techniques, production control and logistics control techniques, research on new plant designs, new technologies in transport flows, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), security and process control.
  • Managerial & economic expertise: operations management, process management, competitive advantage source management, strategy, investment evaluation, management control, corporate governance, marketing and market research, Corporate Social Responsibility, economic and social impact analysis, industry structure analysis and competitor analysis, identification and maximization of network externalities to create and structure demand for logistics services.
  • Legal expertise: Logistics contracts, dispute analysis, ICT and legal issues in logistics, and navigation law.


Our Research Streams

Our professors’ and researchers’ expertise is put to work in diverse types of research with an integrated perspective.

  • Academic Research: is developed through European projects or promoted by grant-giving bodies such as the MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research) and MAE.
  • Business-oriented research and consultancy: identifying technical solutions to analyze and improve the efficiency of logistic processes, studying the structural characteristics of industry, analyzing business competition and competitiveness, legal issues related to navigation law, contract law, etc.
  • Experimental lab: developing tools and software to optimize logistical processes tailored to the customer’s needs.


How We Can Work With private firms: Forms of Collaboration

Research and Services for Third Parties

  • What: Contracts through which C.I.E.L.I. makes its scientific expertise and the professionalism of its professors and researchers available to firms and institutions. C.I.E.L.I can engage in research, consulting and education to benefit clients.
  • How: The firm or institution proposes a work contract with C.I.E.L.I. then establishes a deadline, terms and conditions, and compensation.
  • Why: CIELI researchers and professors guarantee high qualifications and an interdisciplinary dimension.

 Collaborative Research

  • What: Research on a common interest based on a tailor-made agreement. This entails cooperation between the firm’s and CIELI’s personnel.
  • How: Competitive bids and calls for proposals from international (e.g. European Union) and national institutions (e.g. MIUR – Ministry of Education, University and Research) through a project that defines each party’s rights and responsibilities. Economic contribution is established on a case-by-case basis with each agreement.
  • Why: An exchange of knowledge and expertise. The private firm is not only the co-financier but also the co-beneficiary of collaborative research.

Research Fellowships

  • What: A research fellowship is a 1-3 year collaboration contract renewable up to 4 years total, where the work is coordinated with the head of research’s overall project. This work is closely linked to a research program or a phase of one. The research fellowship is one tool the University of Genoa uses to promote research training among students, to create and disseminate innovation and learning in fields of local interest. This research is carried out autonomously, with limits placed only by the manager’s research program.
  • How: When a topic with particular research interest has been identified, a firm or institution shows it is willing to put up total or partial coverage of the research fellowship costs through a donation or by signing an agreement with the University of Genoa that stipulates each party’s obligations. The annual cost of a research fellowship can vary between 23,334 and 42,045 euros. The firm or institution financing the fellowship may also take part in selecting the research fellow along with the designated Commission.
  • Why: A private firm or public institution that co-finances a research fellowship promotes research that responds to the specific needs of the firm or institution itself. This research activity also helps to maintain the knowledge and scientific level that are essential for the university. Since the university makes some of its services and expertise available, the firm or institution can increase its competitiveness and enhance the quality of its production, services and products. A further benefit of a firm or institution’s financial investment in research is tax benefits either in the form of tax allowances or deductions on taxable income.

Click here to download a list of CIELI’s research projects and publications (in Italian)