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Dr Roberto Perez-Franco



Honorary Associate Professor


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Engineering


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Roberto Perez-Franco is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL), at Deakin University, where he leads the Urban Logistics Laboratory, a research initiative dedicated to exploring pressing issues related to the movement of freight in cities.

Roberto has served as Principal Researcher of two scenario planning projects conducted by CSCL for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Cities, the first in 2017 to inform Australia’s Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, and the second in 2018 to inform the first National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. He was also the Lead Researcher of a 2019 consultation for the Victorian Rail Track Corporation to inform the first Vintage Rolling Stock Strategy for Victoria.

Before joining Deakin, Roberto spent almost twelve years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), first as a masters and doctoral student, and then as Research Associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). There he was a member of the core team that conducted the Future Freight Flows scenario planning project for the United States government, and served as Director of the MIT Supply Chain 2020 Initiative, the MIT Supply Chain Strategy Laboratory, the MIT GCLOG Program, as well as Director of Digital Learning at MIT CTL.

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Envisioning the Post-COVID Future of Urban Logistics (2020-21)
Consortium of sponsors including Woolworths, Coca-Cola Amatil and Qube Logistics

Understanding the causes of female under-representation in supply chain and logistics positions (2020)
Food Innovation Australia Limited / Wayfinder

Digitalisation of the Wayfinder Career Map (2020)
Food Innovation Australia Limited / Wayfinder consortium of sponsors

Developments in electrical vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and their potential in urban air mobility (UAM) in Australia (2020)

Consultation to Inform the Vintage Rolling Stock Strategy (2019)

Scenario Planning to inform the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (2018-19)
Australian Government Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities

Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities (2017)
Australian Government Department of Infrastructure Regional Development and Cities


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In-transit interventions using real-time data in Australian berry supply chains

R Rendon-Benavides, R Perez-Franco, R Elphick-Darling, L Plà-Aragonés, F Gonzalez Aleu, T Verduzco-Garza, A Rodriguez-Parral

(2022), pp. 1-19, TQM Journal, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

Assessing the impacts of last mile delivery strategies on delivery vehicles and traffic network performance

J Muriel, L Zhang, J Fransoo, R Perez-Franco

(2022), Vol. 144, pp. 1-30, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, C1

journal article

The Standard Refuelling Facility Expansion Problem: A Case Study in Australia

Juan Calle Salazar, R Perez-Franco, V Mak-Hau, D Abril, D Rojas

(2021), pp. 750-756, MODSIM 2021 : Modelling for action with a flood of data and a cloud of uncertainty : Proceedings of the 24th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Sydney, N.S.W, E1


Assessing last mile delivery strategies - A hybrid solution approach

J Muriel, L Zhang, J Fransoo, R Perez-Franco

(2021), pp. 764-770, MODSIM 2021 : Proceedings of the 24th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Sydney, N.S.W, E1


Demand management to optimize the supply chain of an agribusiness company

A Pérez-Pérez, J Villamonte-Cornejo, C López-Rosas, Roberto Pérez-Franco, M Chong Chong

(2018), pp. 137-157, Best Practices in Manufacturing Processes: Experiences from Latin America, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

A proposed set of criteria for supply chain strategy evaluation

R Perez-Franco

(2018), pp. 9-18, Supply Chain Management and Logistics in Latin America: A Multi-Country Perspective, Bingley, Eng., B1

book chapter

Eliciting and representing the supply chain strategy of a business unit

R Perez-Franco, Shardul Phadnis

(2018), Vol. 29, pp. 1401-1423, The international journal of logistics management, Bingley, England, C1

journal article

Improved planning of imported corn seeds demand of Hortus s.c (Peru) using a supply chain strategy assessment methodology

L Arribasplata, R Pérez-Franco, J González-Feliu, M Chong

(2018), pp. 367-374, ILS 2018 : Proceedings of the Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain, Lyon, France, E1-1


Rethinking supply chain strategy as a conceptual system

R Perez-Franco, S Phadnis, C Caplice, Y Sheffi

(2016), Vol. 182, pp. 384-396, International Journal of Production Economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Rethinking your supply chain strategy: a brief guide

R Perez-Franco

(2016), Cambridge, Mass., A6

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

Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd

  • 2021: $71,842

Other Funding Sources

Evaluating urban freight trade-offs by optimising Loading / Unloading bays configuration.

Dr Roberto Perez-Franco, Mr Juan Esteban Muriel

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $1,900
  • 2021: $5,700
  • 2020: $5,700

In-Transit Decisions Using Real-Time Data in Perishable Food Supply Chains.

Dr Roberto Perez-Franco, Mr Ruben Rendon Benavides

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2023: $2,000
  • 2022: $2,000
  • 2021: $8,000
  • 2020: $8,000

Evaluating urban freight distribution impacts of combined sustainable transport alternatives using a simulation - optimisation framework.

Dr Roberto Perez-Franco, Prof Douglas Creighton, Ms Karla Alvarez Uribe

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $4,745
  • 2021: $2,000


Executive Supervisor

Juan Esteban Calle Salazar

Thesis entitled: Optimising the Location of Refuelling Facilities at Transportation Companies

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering