Dr Henrik Pålsson, Associate Professor (Docent) in Packaging Logistics at Lund University, undertakes research on a broad spectrum of logistics and supply chain management topics, primarily with a sustainability perspective within packaging logistics and freight transport (e.g. city logistics, distribution systems in e-commerce, LHVs, intermodality and long-term development of freight transport). He has also conducted research related to supply chain integration and ICT in packaging and its role for supply chain efficiency.
He holds a PhD and an MSc from Lund University. Dr Pålsson has headed several long-term research projects, such as the development of a supply chain decision model for packaging systems in the automotive industry, environmental efficiency of distribution and packaging systems for e-commerce, the implementation of a novel city logistics solution for the city of Malmö (SamCity), the effects on intermodality, transportation costs and carbon emissions of introducing longer and/or heavier road vehicles in Sweden (High Capacity Transport), and an interdisciplinary research project about governing the transition to a low carbon freight transport society in Sweden 2050 (LETS 2050).
His research has been published in the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications, Packaging Technology and Science, Benchmarking: An International Journal and in other peer-reviewed international publications. He has co-authored a number of books (e.g. Sustainable Logistics, Intelligent Agrifood Chains and Networks) and research reports (e.g. for OECD/ITF, Swedish Transport Administration). Dr Pålsson has been highly commended and received best paper awards for his research in international journals and in scientific conferences. His PhD thesis was awarded for best doctoral thesis in freight transport and logistics in Sweden 2009.
Dr Pålsson has close collaboration with industry and authorities. Prior to entering academia, he worked with logistics management and mechanical engineering in industry for five years. He is an active member and coordinator of the Swedish Logistics Research Network (LENS) and the Nordic logistics research conference network Nofoma. He has been a visiting researcher at Michigan State University and Stellenbosch University.
He serves as the head of the PhD education programme at Packaging Logistics and teaches master's students and PhD students at Lund University primarily in Packaging Logistics and Transport Management. He also teaches within the Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus + Joint European Master Programme: Food Innovation and Product Design (FIPDes) and the International master in logistics and supply chain management. He has given a packaging logistics course at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, for four years. In 2012, he was appointed Excellent Teaching Practitioner (ETP) and a member of the Pedagogical Academy at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University.