The Port Performance Research Network (PPRN) is an informal network of maritime economists interested in issues of port policy. Main areas of discussion and knowledge exchange are efficiency, effectiveness, governance and sustainability of ports.
Founded by Dr. Mary R. Brooks, it was established at the International Association of Maritime Economists 2001 meeting in Hong Kong to undertake empirical testing of antecedents for port performance and governance and to identify key successes and failures in port reform. Since 2016 the network is chaired by Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier.
Currently, the network has 60 members from 25 countries.
The last formal meeting of the PPRN took place on June 27, 2017, in Kyoto, Japan, back to back to the IAME 2017 Annual Conference.
Links to presentations from this and the more recent meetings (Hamburg, and Kuala Lumpur may be found at the bottom of this page.)
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Materials from meetings prior to 2012 have been archived but are available upon request from Dr. Gordon Wilmsmeier.
The work of all of the Port Performance Research Network members, and other material on studies in port management economics and policy, is also reported by the PortEconomics Group. If you are interested in the most recent port literature, please click here to directly access the PortEconomics database.
Gordon Wilmsmeier holds the Kühne Professorial Chair in Logistics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. From 2011 to 2017, he worked as Economic Affairs Officer in the Infrastructure Services Unit at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously he worked at Edinburgh Napier University’s Transport Research Institute (TRI), and as consultant for UN-ECLAC, UNCTAD, UN-OHRLLS, World Bank, JICA, IDB, CAF, and the OAS.
Gordon is honorary professor for Maritime Geography at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and visiting lecturer at Göteborg University, Sweden and Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. He has published over 100 book chapters, journal papers, institutional publications and working papers. He is IAME member and was IAME council member (2010-2016), chair of the port performance research network (PPRN), the Sustainability Working Group of the European Freight & Logistics Leaders Forum, and Associate member of PortEconomics.
Dr. Thanos Pallis is the scientific coordinator of the Jean Monnet Action on European Port Policy at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport (STT), University of the Aegean, Greece. He is currently Secretary General of MedCruise, the association of cruise ports in the Med. The author of the acclaimed book "European Port Policy", he has an extensive international experience in port policy and economics. Thanos co-directs PortEconomics and is a regular contributor at the work of national governments and international organization (UNCTAD, OECD, and ESPO, IAPH, and AVIP) shaping the port sector.
Dr. Mary R. Brooks founded the Port Performance Research Network in 2001 to examine how to make ports more effective in adding value to their users’ supply chains through governance reform and benchmarking.
Her transportation practice focuses on understanding clients’ needs and helping them create value for those they serve. This may range from conducting credible research, acting as an expert witness, seeking answers to wicked questions, running a focus group or providing corporate education in the transportation management and international marketing fields.
Mary Brooks research and consulting practice focus on transportation and global supply chain management. She is particularly interested in the relationships between the buyers and sellers of transportation services. As Canada–US Fulbright scholar at George Mason University in 2005, she investigated the impact of security regulations on the US’ maritime container trade. In 2010, as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney, Mary examined the coastal shipping market in Australia and how buyers make mode choice decisions. The research findings are particularly interesting if you think that carbon pricing is worth pursuing. It has also won the International Association of Maritime Economists best paper 2011 prize and the Korea Association of Maritime Industry Prize 2012. Read this research before you make up your mind on how we solve global challenges like climate change.
With a passionate interest in how to make Canadian supply chains better, and a keen eye on the world of shipping and ports, she also have an active research program in the area of short sea shipping.
The PPRN network currently has 60 members in 25 countries:
Current activities of the PPRN are focused on performance, governance and sustainability of ports.
There are several working groups within the PPRN:
Currently, the Bremen City University of Applied Sciences, Germany hosts the virtual network, and undertakes responsibility for organizing the annual meetings for the network.