• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am interested in supervising PhD student projects on "Development of computational tools and forecasting models to analyse the relationships between traffic congestion, charges and greenhouse gas emissions in cities and urban areas. "

    This project will develop computational tools and forecasting models to analyse the relationships between traffic congestion, charges and greenhouse gas emissions in cities and urban areas. The successful applicant will work towards developing workable interventions to effectively relieve traffic congestion, reduce GHG emissions in the city and improve the environment.

    Personal profile


    I joined Aston University in February 2019 to work as a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The previous nine and a half years I have been employed by Newcastle University as a (senior) research associate. I have worked within the Newrail’s research centre, developing innovative concepts for rail freight and logistics orienated services. I have also been responsible the NewRail’s teaching and learning portfolio, including a PhD opportunity scheme in Organisation, Management and Economics of Train Movement and Rail systems design.

    My educational background includes Technology, Organisation and Management of Train Movement. My Ph.D thesis was on Analysis and Evaluation of Formation Yard Performances.

    Prior to my engagements at Newcastle University, I have worked as a teaching assistant and researcher in the Transportation Systems branch of the MIT/Portugal programme, where he lectured on Transportation Planning and Performance Assessment, Freight Transport and Logistics Processes as well as Railway Engineering.

    Teaching Activity

    • Simulation Modelling;
    • Transport and Logistics;
    • Rail Freight; 
    • Systems Design;
    • Queueing Theory;
    • Investment Ananlysis.

    Research Interests

    • Freight Transport Organisation and Management, Rail freight in particular;
    • Freight Interchanges, Shunting Facilities, Yards and Terminals;
    • Freight Systems Design;
    • Freight Transport Systems Performances;
    • Safety and Security of Transport Systems;
    • Urban Freight Logistics;
    • Urban Freight by rail;
    • Rail Education and Training.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • RailUniNet - International Academic Network of universities specialising in rail research and education;
    • UIC Rail Ambassadors Scheme;
    • The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR);
    • The Science Advisory Board;
    • The Research Cooperative;
    • Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA);
    • Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership;
    • International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR);
    • Rail Alliance: networking organisation in the rail sector;
    • RailFuture: the UK's leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services for both passengers and freight;
    • Rede de Pesquisa em Transportes (RPT);
    • ITS-Conference, "POLITEHNICA" University of Bucharest (PUB) – special guest, member of  the scientific committee;
    • Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists (EECSA);
    • International Conference of Logistics, Economics and Environmental Engineering (ICLEEE);
    • Transport Problems, International Scientific Journal (TP);
    • Action 11 - Sustainability, Newcastle University;
    • Centro de Sistemas Urbanos e Regionais (CESUR).
    • Rail Ambassador, within the UIC Rail Ambassadors schemes.


    • 2019 – date: Lecturer, Aston School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University.
    • 2017 – 2019: Senior Research Associate, School of Engineering, Newcastle University.
    • 2009 - 2017: Research Associate, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University

    Contact Details

    Phone Number: 0121 204 3886

    Email: m.marinov@aston.ac.uk

    Room number: MB 222C

    External Connections and Partnerships

    Coordinator of RailUniNet - academic networks of universities specialising in rail education and research.

    Coordinator of the ASTONRail strategic partnership.

    A member of the international technical advisory board of King AbdulAziz University (KAU), in Saudi Arabia. The board’s vision is to expand the experience in applied research for mechanical engineering, computer networking, electrical and civil engineering, focusing on the development and strategic implementation of railway innovative technologies, and solutions with links to the major players in the rail industry as well as research institutions.


    Descripter 1 - UK HEA

    Continuing Professional Development

    Completeing PGCert learning and teaching in higher education.

    Enrolled on PGDip learning and teaching in higher education.


    Responsible for ALSI Seminars

    Funding Applications and Awards

    Received an award from the EU Erasmus + programme(€450k) for 3 years (2020 - 2023). The main objective of the ASTONRail project is to develop a portfolio (toolkit) of innovative methods, approaches and professional practices for rail skills development to improve and modernise the current rail higher education provision in Europe. The ASTONRail project consists of eight leading European Universities and rail sector representative bodies (SAPIENZA, KTH, EURNEX, UNIZA, TU WILDAU, University of Malaga and University of Zagreb). Endorsed by UIC (International Union of Railways), the ASTONRail project will equip current and future rail employee with the skills and competences required for a successful career in the railways. The project will set up a strategic partnership to work towards innovate in rail higher education and draft a common EU-wide standard for developing rail skills and competences. as a result, the project will be a key European reference in the field of rail university degree programmes, higher education provisions and rail skills development. 

    Professional/editorial offices

    Editor of Sustainable Rail Transport, Springer.

    Associate Editor of Urban Rail Transit, Springer.

    External Connections and Partnerships

    STEM Certificate Holder for hosting and collaborating with Nuffield Research Placement students on a live R&D project

    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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Evaluation and Analysis of Formation Yard Performances

    Award Date: 4 Dec 2007

    External positions

    External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University

    15 Sept 2015 → …


    • L Education (General)
    • Simulation Modelling, Logistics, Transport
    • Q Science (General)
    • Urban Rail Transit, Rail Freight
    • Logistics
    • Urban Freight
    • Skills development


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