Sandra Melo is focused on urban freight transport and green logistics on the transports arena. She has completed her PhD at FEUP, Portugal, in the group of Professor Álvaro Costa, investigating the influence of the power of the local context on the performance of urban goods distribution ‘best practices’ towards a more sustainable mobility, considering public and private (freight and passenger) transport.
Sandra has coordinated numerous projects on transports planning and land use analysis, both for academic and industry partners on a wide range of topics such as city logistics, shared-mobility, strategic environmental assessment, airport performance, microscopic traffic and pedestrian modeling, transport and logistics infrastructures location and urban and regional planning. On those topics, she has also been involved on the supervision and examination of graduate students. She has written over 20 publications for books, technical and scientific magazines and online resources and has been awarded by her proposal for the ‘Future of Urban Goods Distribution’ by AMTC.
Recently, she has redefined her professional area of interest, moving to the team of Professor Tiago Farias at Instituto Superoior Técnico (IST), where she has been investigating effects of integrating new modes, services and systems of transports in urban areas (the socio-economic effects of implementing a car sharing network in a medium size city; the traffic, environmental and social effects of adopting small size electric vehicles for urban logistics purposes).
She has been a member of several scientific international committees related to transportation, addressing transport and urban planning. She has also been active in several organizations, such as the Portuguese Transport Studies Group, a group devoted to gather academic contributions on transportation and related fields from Portuguese universities and research centers. She is also co-editor of the newsletter of the Network on European Communication and Transportation Activities Research, where she is animator of the cluster ‘Logistics and Freight’.