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Naima Saeed

Associate Professor

A172 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 3, Grimstad )

Naima Saeed is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. 

She has a Ph.D. in Logistics from Molde University College (Norway), with a specialization in Maritime Economics. The subject of the dissertation was “Competition and Cooperation among Container Terminals in Pakistan: with emphasis on Game Theoretical Analysis.” 

Her current research is focused on port competition and cooperation, maritime connectivity, and measures to improve ports’ efficiency.  

Saeed has published papers in well-acknowledged international peer-reviewed scientific journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, Maritime Economics & Logistics, Research in Transportation Economics, Transportation Research Record, Maritime Policy & Management, International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, NETNOMICS, and Case Studies on Transport Policy.

Saeed received the third best paper award in port competitiveness and competition session at IAME 2019 conference in Athens, Greece. She has served as a referee for several academic journals.

Before joining the University of Agder, Saeed worked as an Associate Professor in Logistics at Molde University College. She has also worked on two European Union projects and was responsible for developing distance-learning courses in Maritime Logistics and Maritime Value Chain. She has also worked as a consultant in a project financed by the VRI program of The Research Council of Norway. 

Saeed is a member of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions’ committee for the research methods course (2016-2020).

Academic interests

Bachelor courses:

  1. ME-109 Statistics, Methods and Applied Data Analysis (2014, 2015, 2016).
  2. MF-203 Industrial Buying Behaviour (2015, 2016, 2017).

Master courses:

  1. ME-423 Business Research Methods, SPSS labs (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
  2. ORG-440 Supply Chain Management (2015, 2016, 2017)

PhD course:

  1. ME-612 Survey of Statistical Methods (2015, Fall 2018)

Doctoral and Master thesis students:

  • Ziaul Haque Munim, September 2015- September 2018 (expected). Topic:“Essays on Port Competitiveness”.
  • Ioana Sinziana Rasca. (2018-2021). Topic: “Reaching GHG emission targets through mobility optimization in low density urban areas-a study of coastal Small and Medium-sized Cities in Norway” (Co-supervisor).
  • Supervised several Master’s students, at Molde University College and the University of Agder.


Member of the research group "Emerging Markets" at the School of Business and Law, UIA.

Scientific publications

  • Kokshagina, Olga; Abbasi, Babak; Fadaki, Masih; Saeed, Naima; Chhetri, Prem (2020). Vaccine roll-out: This model found 3 key factors for success.
  • Kokshagina, Olga; Abbasi, Babak; Fadaki, Masih; Saeed, Naima; Chhetri, Prem (2020). We modelled how a COVID vaccine roll-out would work. Here’s what we found.
  • Saeed, Naima; Nguyen, Su; Chhetri, Prem; Alahakoon, Damminda (2020). Analysis of the evolving maritime connectivity network structure using machine learning.
  • Saeed, Naima; Kodzi, Emmanuel (2020). Decision support model for increasing the attractiveness of a cruise port for cargo business.
  • Saeed, Naima; Cullinane, Kevin (2020). Identifying the characteristics of maritime trading partners on the basis of bilateral shipping connectivity: A cluster analysis.
  • Saeed, Naima (2020). A link between maritime connectivity, port competitiveness, and economic growth.

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