Rural Logistics

BEA522 Rural Logistics

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    The Far North has its special challenges in terms of logistics planning. This course on rural logistics, focused on areas with a low density of people, long distances and difficult access conditions. Logistics planning in rural areas, such as the High North, is very different from logistics planning in cities and densely populated areas. The logistic issues related with rural areas are not well cover by the existing literature, for example timing of services is much more important than capacity - the bus is never full, but IS there a bus? We will focus on developing planning models for logistics when distances are vast, environmental uncertainties high, and connectedness is more important than capacity (contrary to city logistics). The course will be open to both master and PhD students. 

    This course has six modules:

    1. Introduction to rural logistics
    2. Industrial logistics in remote areas
    3. Maritime transportation
    4. Healthcare in underserved areas
    5. Distribution in rural areas
    6. Collaborative logistics

    Course Lecturers

    1. Marilène Cherkesly, UQAM
    2. Teodore Garbriel Crainic, UQAM
    3. Kjetil Fagerholt, NTNU
    4. Mario Guajardo, NHH
    5. Marie-Ève Rancourt, HEC Montréal
    6. Walter Rei, UQAM
    7. Stein W. Wallace, NHH

  • Learning outcome

    After completion of the course, the candidate should be able to:


    • Understand the logistic planning challenges faced in areas with a low density of people, long distances and difficult access conditions.
    • Identify how logistic planning in rural areas fundamentally differ from logistic planning in densely populated areas.
    • Understand how to apply the principles of operations management and operations research to tackle the challenges posed by the rural logistic applications.


    • Propose solution approaches to the different challenges faced in rural logistic applications.
    • Analyze and evaluate potential different solution approaches and its suitability for different applications.

    General competence:

    • Recognize the potential as well as the limitations of different solutions approaches for logistic problems.
    • communicate and bridge the gap between the operations management and operations research principles and feasible real world approaches.

  • Teaching

    Each day the students will attend two lectures of 3 hours each. At the end of each day, there will be 30 minutes sessions for open discussions.

    In this course, we wish to use different pedagogical approaches (not all will be used in all themes):

    • Lectures;
    • Case studies;
    • Small projects;
    • Open discussions;

  • Restricted access

    Open to all candidates in a PhD program

  • Recommended prerequisites

    Advance knowledge on operations management and operations research. 

  • Required prerequisites

    Advance knowledge on operations management and operations research. 

  • Requirements for course approval

    Participation is mandatory. 

  • Assessment

    The students must deliver an individual essays on one of the topics of the course two weeks after the classes finish. (100%)

  • Grading Scale

    Pass - fail


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Tentatively offered autumn 2022.

Course responsible

Julio C. Góez