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Dimitrios Theocharis

Dr Dimitrios Theocharis

Lecturer in Maritime Economics and Transport

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 76932
Aberconway Building, Room E41, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


I am Lecturer in Maritime Economics and Transport in the Logistics and Operations Management Section of Cardiff Business School. I am also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). I joined Cardiff Business School in June 2022.

I was awarded a UK ESRC 3+1 Scholarship to do a PhD in 2015. The topic of my PhD Thesis is: Feasibility of the Northern Sea Route: Cases from the oil product tanker market. I hold a MSc in International Transport from Cardiff Business School and a MSc in Social Science Research Methods from Cardiff University. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. I spent some time on board an icebreaker in the Bay of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea during the ice season of 2017, where I had the opportunity to conduct observation and collect data related to maritime operations on ice-infested waters.

I was invited to present my work at Normandy Business School, France in March 2018, and at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in March 2022. I was invited to contribute to edited books. I presented my work in conferences such as the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) and the Logistics Research Network (CILT-LRN) conference.










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My research interests and expertise are in the areas of Shipping Economics, Transport Geography, Arctic shipping, and Commodity Markets. I am interested at the effect of trade on the geography and economics of sea transport, the development of techno-economic models to explain route, ship and technologies choice, and the economics of Arctic routes.

Research Themes:

  • Arctic shipping
  • Systematic literature review
  • Assessment of routes, technologies, and fuels
  • Transport Geography
  • Micro and macro analysis of global commodity flows and ship movements
  • Commodity economics and markets
  • Automated Identification System (AIS) data
  • Modelling
  • Techno-economic analysis


I teach the modules listed below at the MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management programme:

  • Maritime Economics
  • Shipping Management and Finance
  • Maritime Policy



  • Doctor of Philosophy - PhD in Maritime Economics and Transport, Arctic shipping, Cardiff University (2021)
  • MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University (2016)
  • MSc International Transport, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University (2014)
  • BSc (Hons) Economics, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece (2012)

Honours and awards

  • ESRC 1 + 3 PhD Studentship, Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) - 2022

Academic positions

PhD Candidate in Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University (2015 - 2022)


  • PhD Thesis: Feasibility of the Northern Sea Route: Cases from the oil product tanker market


  • Shipping Management and Finance (2019 and 2020)
  • Operations Managment (2017)

Committees and reviewing

I am a Journal Reviewer of the following academc journals:

Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Maritime Policy & Management, Big Earth Data, Maritime Technology and Research, Ocean and Coastal Management


I supervise MSc students at the MSc Maritime Policy and Shipping Management programme.