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Dong-Wook Song

Republic of Korea Professorial Chair
Republic of Korea
PhD Maritime Policy and Management, University of Plymouth
MSc International Shipping, University of Plymouth
BA (Hons), Shipping Management, Korea Maritime University


Dong-Wook Song is Korean Chair and Professor of Maritime Economics and Logistics at the World Maritime University, Sweden. Prior to the current post, he worked at Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt University in the UK, and Hong Kong University. He holds a BA(Hons) with First Class in Shipping Management from Korea Maritime University, an MSc in International Shipping and Logistics, and a PhD in Maritime Economics and Logistics from the University of Plymouth, UK. He also attended an Industrial Economics Course at the London School of Economics.

Professor Song has received a number of academic awards including ‘The Maritime Policy and Management Award for the Best Paper’ at the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Annual Conferences in 1999 and 2001; ‘The Best Paper Award’ at the Asian Association of Shipping and Logistics in 2008; and ‘The Best Paper of the Year 2009’ at the International Journal of Logistics: Research and Application. He is a Chartered Member of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and has held a number of visiting posts – recent ones being at the University of Reading, UK; the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and Shanghai Maritime University, China.

He is currently an Associate Editor of Maritime Policy and Management, a premier journal in the field of maritime transport and logistics, and sits on editorial boards at highly regarded transport and logistics journals. He has worked as a consultant for a number of private and public organisations including the UN, OECD, ADB and World Bank. Professor Song has served the IAME as an elected Council Member from 2012 to 2018, in addition to his previous three terms (2004-2010), becoming among the longest serving Council Members for the Association.

One of his co-authored papers in 2006 is recently enlisted by the Google Scholar (2017) as a classic paper in the field of transportation. In addition, an article in Transport Reviews (2013) shows that his works in port research are highly ranked – among the top listed over the last three decades (1980-2009). Another article in Maritime Policy and Management (2013) lists his two papers, published in 2003 and 2002, are among the top 30 most cited papers over the whole forty-year-history of the journal (1973-2013). His prolific-but-impact-bearing-refereed publications are a product from his keen interest in managerial and strategic aspects of global shipping, port and logistics. See Citation Index for more of his research works.