Publications & forums

ISCL delivers and facilitates events for industry and government. You can also view some of our publications and media appearances.


Journal articles

  • Lee PT-W, Lee T-S, Lam JSL. (2016). Asian economic integration and maritime CO2 emissions, Transportation Research Part D 43, 226–237
  • Gunasekera D, Parsons H, Smith M. (2016) Post-harvest loss reduction in Asia-Pacific developing economies, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies.
  • Ghalebeigi A, Sillitoe J, Robinson R. (2016). Are supermarket fruit supply chains retailer-led? Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.
  • Gunasekera D, Cai, Y, Newth, D. (2015). Effects of foreign direct investment in African Agriculture, China Agricultural Economic Review, 7(2),
  • Gunasekera D, Cai Y, Newth D, Finnigan J. (2015). A hybrid energy-economy model for global integrated assessment of climate change, carbon mitigation and energy transformation, Applied Energy, doi.10.1016/japenergy.2015.03.106.
  • Gunasekera D. (2015). Cut food waste to help feed the world, Nature, 524(27) 415.
  • Lee P.T-W, Wu J-Z, Suthiwartnarueput K, Hu  K-C, Rodjanapradied R. (2015). A Comparative Study of Key Critical Factors of Waterfront Port Development: Case Studies of Incheon Inner Port and Bangkok Port, Growth and Change. DOI: 10.1111/grow.12131
  • Lee P. T-W, Ng A.K.Y, Yang Z, Cahoon S. (2015). Port, Maritime Logistics and Regional Development, Growth and Change. DOI: 10.1111/grow.12139
  • Gunasekera D. (2014). Renewables: the sky is the limit. Nature Correspondence, 514(9) 168. (doi:10.1038/514168d).
  • Gunasekera D; Newth D. (2014). Asia’s nutrition time bomb. East Asia Forum Quarterly, July-September, pp 23-25.
  • Robinson R. (2014). Strategising port logistics management and operations for value creation in global supply chains. International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications.
  • Robinson R. (2014). Cooperation strategies in port-oriented supply chains: aligning concept and practice. Maritime Economics and Logistics.
  • Robinson R. (2014). Integration and supply chain efficiency: rethinking the fundamentals. Maritime Policy and Management.
  • Robinson R. (2014). Integration and efficiency in port-dependent supply chains: the convergence of theory and practice. Maritime Policy and Management.

Commissioned industry reports

  • Smith M, Gunasekera D. (2016). A whole of chain systems approach to address workplace safety risk management. Report to Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University.
  • Gunasekera D; Elphick R. (2016). Investigating the potential benefits of enhanced end to end supply chain visibility. Report to Ausroads.
  • Elphick R, Gunasekera D, Smith M. (2016). Study on the application of global data standards (GDS) for APEC supply chain connectivity. Report to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
  • Parsons H, Smith M. (2016). Establishing the Australian Packaging Innovation and Transport Testing Facility at Victoria University Werribee Campus. Report to Office for Research, Victoria University.
  • Parsons H.  (2016). Guidelines for implementation of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Framework on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT) Protocols 3 & 4. Report to ASEAN Secretariat; and European Union (EU) – ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the European Union (ARISE).
  • Smith M. (2016) Supporting the implementation of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT). Report to ASEAN Secretariat; and European Union (EU) – ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the European Union (ARISE).
  • Bowyer D, Van Duyn P, Ghalebeigi A. (2016). Containerised Rail Freight Demand – Case Study. Report to VicTrack.
  • Smith M, Bidar F. (2016). Export Market Insights (EMI) Product and Country Update. Report to Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL).
  • Parsons H, Smith M, Elphick R. (2016). Cold chain capabilities for meat exported to China from Australia. Report to Meat Livestock Australia (MLA). 
  • Parsons H, Gunasekera D, Elphick R. (2016). Rural industry supply chains’ diversity in decision making. Report to Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC). 
  • Bowyer D, Ghalebeigi A. (2016). Food Innovation Australia Proof of compete prototype. Report to University of Sydney.
  • Elphick R, Van Duyn P. (2016). Composite Pallet Business case Development. Report to Composite Materials Engineering; and the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. 
  • Parson H, Smith M, Cain G. (2015). Optimising Indonesia’s multimodal infrastructure development to increase logistics chain connectivity productivity and efficiency. Report to Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative.
  • Smith M, Elphick R. (2015). Australia-Asia e-Commerce research study – SME where to start guide. Report to Food Innovation Australia Limited.
  • Parsons H, Smith M, Gunasekera D. (2015). Reducing post-harvest losses in supply chain connectivity in selected Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) economies. Report to APEC.
  • Elphick R, Bowyer D, Bidar F. (2015). Regional data dashboard: land, water, climate. Report to Dairy Australia.
  • Parson H, Smith M, Cain G. (2015). Value chains requirements for global competitiveness. Report to City of Greater Geelong.
  • Cain G, Elphick R, Smith M. 2015). Demographic profile of employees in the transport and logistics workforce. Report to TWU Super.
  • Parsons H, Van Duyn P, Gunasekera D. (2015). Future supply chain constraints in the cement industry in Victoria. Report to Independent Cement.
  • Bowyer D.P, Ghalebeigi A, Van Campfort L. (2014). Import-Export Demand Modelling and Forecasts. Report to VURIG.

Creative works

Seminars & workshops

ABARES 2016 National Outlook Conference – March 2016

Increasing efficiencies in supply chains, Canberra

Dr Hermione Parsons was invited by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) to present the topic of Economic benefits of improved chain visibility/traceability, held at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. 

Watch Dr Parsons' address on YouTube.


Port Privatisation Forum – September 2015

Victorian Treasurer, Hon. Tim Pallas MP at the Forum

The Port Privatisation Forum is one in a series of events developed by the Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics to support industry capability building and promote good public policy in the area of economic activity broadly termed supply chain and logistics. This event had several keynote presenters including the Victorian Treasurer, Hon. Tim Pallas MP.

Port privatisations have become a means to achieve asset recycling across Australia for governments challenged with population growth and strong demand for new public infrastructure investment.

The decision of the Victorian Government to lease the Port of Melbourne, Australia’s largest volume container port, has generated much debate as to how port privatisation might deliver benefits to taxpayers and deliver effective trade facilitation functions for future generations.

The forum provided an opportunity for a wide perspective as stakeholders shared viewpoints and knowledge they have not been exposed to. Property developers, shipping lines, farmers, infrastructure investors, logistics suppliers, regulators and government policy makers were all present to listen, learn and ask questions. Debate was lively and respectful and it drew out a number of themes relating to process, risk management, intergenerational equity and regulation of natural monopolies.

Download the Port Privatisation forum synopsis.

The eFulfilment challenge seminar – July 2015

This seminar delved into the eCommerce journey to full eFulfilment capability for business to consumer and business to business sales.

The eFulfillment seminar was for:

  • supply chain practitioners
  • distribution managers
  • transport suppliers
  • logistics service providers (3PLs)
  • lead logistics providers & consultants (4PLs).

Sink or swim in e-commerce seminar – May 2015

In 2014 and 2015, ISCL researched the uptake by Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of e-commerce as a channel in export sales to Asia. Commencing in May 2015, ISCL has begun a series of “Sink or Swim in e-Commerce” seminars, in response to the needs of SMEs. The aim of these seminars, which include mobile commerce, is to:

  • share knowledge
  • promulgate understanding of the e-commerce value proposition
  • build capacity for Australian businesses.

The first Sink or Swim in e-Commerce seminar was held at the VU Convention Centre and it attracted over 40 representatives from various sectors including food, construction, logistics, government and e-commerce service providers. Speakers from Australia Post, eCorner, SecurePay, FIAL and VECCI presented at the seminar, which was followed by a networking luncheon.

ITE Seminar – April 2015

In April 2015 ISCL conducted a seminar called “Container Ports for Melbourne” for the members of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and other interested parties.

The seminar highlighted the effects of the growth of container freight traffic through the port of Melbourne on the road and rail network of greater Melbourne and the discussed the requirements of new infrastructure projects, including the location of a new port, in order to deal with this growth.


ASEAN Logistics and Transport Best Practice Workshop – Han Noi – December 2014

ISCL designed a workshop to increase awareness and understanding of ASEAN Member States’ policy-makers of the best practice regulations and experiences in the logistics and transport services sector.

APEC Transport Best Practice Workshop – Hong Kong – July 2014

The research study summarised the importance of open and transparent transport and logistics services. It discussed the policy and regulatory issues and barriers to these services in the nine economies participating in the workshop.

Material for the research was gathered from feedback from industry and trade officials and desktop research interrogating existing information sources (e.g. WTO, OECD, World Bank, WEF).

Technical Assistance to Enhance ASEAN Logistics Services Sector Conference – April 2014

The conference provided assistance for the development and enhancement of the ASEAN Logistics Services Sector through improved understanding among policy makers and regulators about supply chain and logistics.

The assignment was to design and implement capacity building activities (including a joint industry-government conference, government seminar and a Logistics Services Assessment Report) for ASEAN.

The program took into consideration existing capability building conducted in the region. It was designed to improve government policy-maker understanding of logistics services, plus their role in supporting regional development through global supply chain processes, and improve knowledge about logistics services trade.