Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics

The Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) is an academic research centre that seeks to answer pressing questions about the design and management of supply chain and logistical networks.

By doing so, we’re able to inform communities, government and the private sector on key issues that will enable them to make better decisions for their supply chains and logistics.

Our vision

The centre is a recognised global leader in providing supply chain and knowledge-based research and education. We aim to improve both public and private sector supply chain and logistics decision-making.

In undertaking this, CSCL is guided by core values that include:

  • objectivity, independence, sustainability and rigour
  • teamwork, commitment and respect
  • fact-based vision and advice
  • the courage to shape a better future.

Our expertise

CSCL is a leading centre in Australia focusing specifically on freight logistics and value-added supply chains. We are involved in:


Key areas of research focus include supply chain strategy, agrifood supply chains, supply chain traceability, urban logistics, talent and capability and disruptive technologies. Our projects extend beyond Australia, with special emphasis on the Asia Pacific region.

Industry engagement

We seek to better understand supply chain and logistics challenges faced by industry. CSCL actively engages with an industry advisory board, made up of prominent figures from Australia’s private and government sectors, who help determine the centre’s strategic agenda. CSCL also maintains a wider network of industry partners from diverse sectors, including several strategic partners that bring areas of interest and particular problems to the attention of the centre, which then become the subject of future research projects.


We offer a doctoral program in supply chain and logistics, and are currently developing a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain for 2019. In 2018, Adjunct Professor Michael Byrne, Managing Director of the Toll Group, announced the Toll Group’s inaugural sponsorship of CSCL’s first industry-funded PhD in supply chain

Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women

This three-year initiative aims to increase the number of women in supply chain education, training, jobs and careers. In conjunction with industry sponsors, the program hosts a number of initiatives including a national series of ‘industry meets community’ luncheons and the development of a comprehensive career map.

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Central to our mission, education allows us to improve the capabilities of existing and new supply chain professionals, who will then go back to the community, industry and government to help them make better supply chain and logistics decisions. CSCL currently offers a doctoral education program.

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CSCL is involved in a number of projects linked to industry and government. Through our laboratories and expert staff, we provide impartial and practical advice and assessment.

Inquiry into Australia’s Freight and Supply Chain Priorities: Scenario Planning

In partnership with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

July 2017–November 2017

CSCL was engaged to deliver and conduct interviews and workshops with experts from industry and government towards the development of a set of four scenarios for strategic planning. The project will provide:

  • summaries of the most prominent drivers of change identified in the literature and interviews
  • the proposed underlying logic for the scenarios and the text for the central narratives and the vignettes for the finished scenarios
  • a summary of the main findings of the workshops, with the final report including the scenario implications.

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A second container port for Melbourne? Build it in the west for 2036

In partnership with Avalon Airport Australia

February 2017–May 2017

CSCL was engaged by Avalon Airport Australia to develop an independent technical report regarding Victoria’s second alternative container port for submission to Infrastructure Victoria. The report evaluated the need, timing and location of the second port.

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Peer review of assessment methodology for Melbourne’s second port

In partnership with Infrastructure Victoria

February 2017

CSCL was engaged by Infrastructure Victoria to conduct a peer review of the assessment methodology for the second container port advice in February 2017. We provided our expertise to improve IV decision framework and criteria so that important review findings could be implemented by IV given the scope of CSCLs strategic assessment.

Australian Pallet Survey 2017

August 2017

The pallet is viewed as a necessary piece of equipment with little intrinsic value in relation to the product supply chain. Despite the indication that companies have incurred significant costs through their inability to control and manage pallet usage, they view the device as “a necessary evil” rather than part of the value chain of the product. This view may be challenged if the trends in pallets identified in this report continue.

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Our team of researchers have successfully submitted work in many industry leading publications.

Bridging the energy and meteorology information gap

Gunaskera, D 2018, ‘Bridging the energy and meteorology information gap’, in A Troccoli (ed), Weather & climate services for the energy industry, Palgrave McMillan, doi: org/10.1007/978-3-319-68418-5_1

Post-harvest loss reduction in Asia-Pacific developing economies

Gunasekera, D, Parsons, H & Smith, M 2017, ‘Post-harvest loss reduction in Asia-Pacific developing economies’, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, vol. 7, no. 3, <https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JADEE-12-2015-0058>

Fight fake reagents with digital tools

Gunasekera, D 2017, ‘Fight fake reagents with digital tools’, Nature, vol. 546, p. 474, retrieved 22 June 2017, <https://www.nature.com/articles/546474c>

Freight transport and logistics services: emerging issues

Gunasekera, D & Parsons, H 2017, ‘Freight transport and logistics services: emerging issues’, Improving Service Sector Productivity: The Economic Imperative, Committee for Economic Development, <www.ceda.com.au/CEDA/media/ResearchCatalogueDocuments/PDFs/35108~Version_for_flipsnack.pdf>

Study on the Application of Global Data Standards to APEC Supply Chain Connectivity (Phase 1)

Elphick-Darling, R & Gunasekera, D 2017, Study on the Application of Global Data Standards to APEC Supply Chain Connectivity (Phase 1), Austroads, <http://publications.apec.org/publication-detail.php?pub_id=1811>

Investigating the potential benefits of enhanced end to end supply chain visibility

Elphick-Darling, R, Gunasekera, D & Ghalebeigi, A 2017, Investigating the potential benefits of enhanced end to end supply chain visibility, AgriFutures Australia, <https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-R538-17>

Diversity in decision-making in rural industries

Elphick-Darling, R, Gunasekera, D & Ghalebeigi, A 2017, Diversity in decision-making in rural industries, Canberra, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation <https://www.agrifutures.com.au/product/diversity-decision-making-rural-industries>

Cold chain distribution capability assessment for selected markets in China

Elphick-Darling, R, Gunasekera, D & Ghalebeigi, A 2017, Cold chain distribution capability assessment for selected markets in China, Meat and Livestock Australia,

Projected Changes in Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature under Alternative Climate Scenarios

Newth, D. & Gunasekera, D 2018. Projected Changes in Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature under Alternative Climate Scenarios, Atmosphere, vol. 9, no. 5, pp.187. Available at: doi.org/10.3390/atmos9050187.

Industry Advisory Board

Our high-profile Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is made up of members with a strong local, regional and international business presence. It provides ongoing support and guidance to our research programs and strategic direction of the centre.

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Featured team members

Meet just a few members of our professional team producing world-class outcomes.

Dr Hermione Parsons

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Dr Roberto Perez-Franco

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Rose Elphick-Darling

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Our team

Dr Hermione Parsons

Deputy Director
Michael Smith

Academic Supervisor
James Sillitoe

Research fellows

Senior Research Fellow
Dr Roberto Perez-Franco
Research Fellow
Dr Don Gunasekera
Research Fellow
Rose Elphick Darling


Industry Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategist
Adam Voak
Industry Researcher, Maritime Logistics
Peter Van Duijn


Senior Administrative Officer 
Joe Monitto
Project Support
Jennifer Jones

Contact us

The Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics
Deakin University
Building BC, Level 8
221 Burwood Hwy
Burwood VIC 3125
+61 3 9246 8071

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