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Dr Hermione Parsons



Director, Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


Centre Supply Chain Logistics


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Hermione Parsons is an Industry Professor and founding Director of Deakin University's Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics.

PhD (Monash), Master Urban Planning (Melbourne); BA Hons (Monash), Grad Dip Ed. GAICD.

Dr Parsons has extensive executive management experience in public and private sector organisations with responsibility for port landside logistics, multimodal infrastructure, competition, regulation, supply chain reengineering in the fresh produce industry, and industry government relations. Areas of research expertise include end-to-end supply chain strategy, managing supply chain complexity, and problem solving port freight logistics in metropolitan, regional and international markets (particularly South East Asia).

She is a Board Member of Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL - the Australian Government funded food and agribusiness growth centre); a member of the VicTrack Board's Freight Advisory Committee; Chairperson of the Supply Chain Advisory Network; Chairperson of the Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women Initiative; a member of the National Freight Data Hub; a member of the National Food Waste Strategy Steering Committee; and member of the National Agriculture Labour Advisory Committee to the Australian Government.

Dr Parsons is recognised by B2Global Consulting | Paris | Bahrain | Singapore | as one of 100 Most Influential Women in Supply Chain - Global Women SC Leaders 2020.

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National Food Traceability Implementation Program, 2020-24
Consortium of sponsors including Woolworths; & Integrity Systems Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia)

South Australian Agriculture & Fisheries Export Workshops, 2020-21
SA Gov Department for Trade & Investment

Envisioning the Post-COVID Future of Urban Logistics, 2020-21
Woolworths, Coca-Cola Amatil & Qube

Gateway Cities Alliance Supply Chain & Logistics White Paper, 2020-21
Committee for Geelong

National Agricultural Workforce Strategy, 2020
Aus Gov Department of Agriculture

Peer review of CentrePort’s Investment Strategy, 2020   
SGS Economics & Planning

Understanding the causes of female under-representation in supply chain & logistics positions, 2020
Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)/Wayfinder consortium of sponsors

Digitalisation of the Wayfinder Career Map, 2020

Developments in electrical vertical take-off and landing vehicles & their potential in urban air mobility in Australia, 2020

Freight Project, 2019
Client confidential 

Scoping Study to Strengthen the Indonesian Red Meat Supply Chain Traceability Systems, 2019
Meat & Livestock Australia

Complementary Freight & Supply Chain Opportunities, 2019
Client confidential

Consultation to Inform the Vintage Rolling Stock Strategy, 2019

National Freight Data Requirements Study (Work Packages 1&4), 2018-19
Aus Gov Department of Infrastructure Regional Development & Cities (DIRDC); iMOVE 

Establishing an Industry-led Training Systems for the Logistics Sector in Indonesia - Enabling Growth and Innovation Program, 2018-19
Aus Gov Department of Education & Training

Modernising the Australian Bureau of Statistics Agricultural Collections Program (2018-19)

Going ‘Multimodal’ Support and Capability Programme (2018-19)
Association of South East Asian Nations ASEAN-ARISE Plus

Scenario Planning to inform the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (2018-19)

Port Rail Shuttle Network Concept of Operations, 2018
AECOM Australia 

Development of an Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Career Map, 2018

Pure Ponics Feasibility Study, 2018
Aus Gov Department of Industry, Innovation & Science; & Pure Ponics

Business Transition: Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program (Phase 1&2), 2017-18
Vic Gov Department for Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Fremantle Ports Container Movement Study, 2017-18
Fremantle Ports

Inquiry into National Freight & Supply Chain Priorities, 2017

Analysis of Geelong Port complementary supply chain opportunities, 2017
Geelong Port

Research pilots with selected local government areas to demonstrate future practice in after-hours goods delivery to retail stores, 2017
Municipal Association Victoria

Review of the feasibility to establish a DP World facility in the Port of Newcastle, 2017
DP World Australia

A second container port for Melbourne? Build it in the west for 2036, 2017
Avalon Airport Australia

Peer review of assessment methodology for Melbourne’s second port, 2017
Infrastructure Victoria

Study on the application of Global Data Standards for APEC Supply Chain Connectivity, 2017
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Investigating the Potential Benefits of Enhanced End to End Supply Chain Visibility, 2017


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Post-harvest loss reduction in Asia-Pacific developing economies

D Gunasekera, H Parsons, M Smith

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 303-317, Journal of agribusiness in developing and emerging economies, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Optimising Indonesia's Multimodal Infrastructure Development to Increase Logistics Chain Connectivity, Productivity and Efficiency

Hermione Parsons, Michael Smith, Greg Cain

(2015), Canberra, A.C.T., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Understanding potential AAM and cargo drone markets for an Australian manufactured drone - market

Dr Hermione Parsons, Dr Roberto Perez-Franco, Prof Douglas Creighton, Dr Don Gunasekera, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, Mr Bruce Gunn, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski

  • 2021: $71,842


Associate Supervisor

Zhen (Wesley) Li

Thesis entitled: Value impacts of freight forwarders in air freight chains

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering