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René (M.) B.M. de Koster is a professor of logistics and operations management at the Department of Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). After completing his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology (1988) he worked as a consultant. He joined Erasmus University in 1995. Professor De Koster's research interests are warehousing, material handling, container terminal operations, behavioural operations and sustainable logistics. He is the author and editor of eight books and over 230 papers published in books and journals such as OR, POM, JOM, TS, IISE T, EJOR, and Interfaces. He is in the editorial boards of eight academic journals, a fellow of two reseach schools, member of the European Logistics Association (ELA) R&D board, member of the BVL Scientific Advisory Board, chairman of two Dutch logistics awards, chairman of Stichting Logistica, and founder of the Material Handling Forum. Professor de Koster chairs RSM's Department of Technology and Operations Management. Professor de Koster is involved in teaching at RSM at all levels: bachelor, master, post-experience, and executive development. He also lectures at USTC Hefei (PRC), and the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He held the honorary Francqui chair for Hasselt University in 2018 and was recently mentioned as “the most influential researcher” in material handling.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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