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What is Societal?

SOCIETAL is a community interest company, created to contribute education and research to logistics, social value, transportation and mobility challenges.

We expand the work of the University of Northampton’s ‘Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply and Transport’ (LIST). SOCIETAL aims to further the University’s social impact; targeting the social benefits within its work, delivering empowerment through mobility, well-being from clean air/reduced congestion/healthy transport options, and improved access-generating employment opportunities in key local areas.

We have formed at a critical period for logistics and transport systems. Traditional transport modes such as private/public, personal/shared, car, bus, rail, cycle, and walking are under increasing scrutiny. So too is the integrity and sustainability of these operation models. We understand that both financial and environmental accountability must inform SOCIETAL’s research, leading to methodologies that can have local and global impact.

The field of transformational transport systems research and deployment is developing fast. Strategic directions such as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and a focus on IoT (Internet of Things) can be clearly seen. In addition to incorporating these themes, SOCIETAL introduces Mobility as a Societal Solution (MaSS) and Social Value Economics (SVE) to create a practical impact on people’s social and travel options.

SOCIETAL Director Liam Fassam said, “We will work with stakeholders to identify and develop innovative all-inclusive collaborative ways to deliver socially engineered services that are aligned to carbon, cost and customer focus; aligned to the communities and businesses both local and global.”

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Where we came from

As part of a two-year project (Mar. 2015- Mar. 2017) funded via the UK Government Department for Transport Total Transport fund, detailed research and analysis was undertaken by the LIST institute at UON to understand the current and future transport pressures within Northamptonshire and adjoining counties.

The project offers a unique methodology for developing a business plan proposing the creation of a social enterprise company whose objective is:
” …carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to improve access to education, skills development, health and well-being services, leisure pursuits and employment through commissioning and management of travel, transportation and allied services.”

Both the County Council and University of Northampton agreed to support the proposal and this was launched in May 2017 as SOCIETAL Travel CIC.



TInnGO - Transport Innovation Gender Observatory

Women face higher risks and burdens than men in transport, due to unequal access to resources, education, job opportunities and entrenched socio-cultural norms.

TInnGO, funded through the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, will develop a framework and mechanisms for a sustainable game change in European transport using the transformative strategy of gender and diversity sensitive smart mobility. It will address gender related contemporary challenges in the transport ecosystem and women’s mobility needs, creating a route for Gender Sensitive Smart Mobility in European Transport, which considers diversity of different groups. A Pan European observatory for gender smart transport innovation will provide a nexus for data collection, analysis, dissemination of gender mainstreaming tools and open innovation. TInnGO will lead research into a new era and use the knowledge to achieve impacts on Social, Economic, Environmental and European ambitions of growth, wealth and innovation. More information can be found here.

PolyCE - Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy


PolyCE is a European Commission Horizon 2020 project enabling recycling of plastics from electronic waste for a more sustainable future

The global economy needs an immediate shift towards a circular economy model for plastic waste. It requires a systematic transformation that involves all actors in the value chain and encompasses the entire lifecycle of plastic materials. Although there are individual efforts to improve the collection and recycling of plastics in electronic waste (e-waste) the plastics value chain is still too fragmented, and recycled plastics are still perceived as unattractive to the end-user. For reference, the European Commission estimates e-waste to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020.

PolyCE (or Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy), a European Commission funded project consisting of a consortium of 20 expert organisations, has taken on the challenge of addressing this problem. More information can be found here.

AEOLIX - Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange


The AEOLIX Platform represents a critical step forward for supply chain visibility and interoperability through the decentralisation of information sharing. AEOLIX cloud services provide connectivity between multi-actor data and in-house or cloud-based applications, processes and services, resulting in enhanced collaboration and interoperability, potentially across the entire transport and logistics sector.

This project was made possible through funded from the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme. More information can be found here.


The CHESS (Colleges and Higher Education Security Standard) project will provide a flexible architecture which embeds collaboration across three key groups of stakeholders in order to produce output of concrete, pragmatic and immediate value to the educational sector. The three stakeholder groups are: an Expert Advisory Group, a Colleges and Higher Education Institutes group and the CHESS Project Team. More information can be found here.



The Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) Cyber Security Project is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Innovate UK and is delivered through SETsquared. The project seeks to examine cyber threats to organisations and builds upon previous research from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport. More information can be found here.

Network Northamptonshire Total Transport (DfT)


Total Transport is a Department for Transport funded initiative led by Northamptonshire county council in partnership with the University of Northampton. Key to the project are the identification of synergies that can be made across a county wide provision of sustainable public transportation. The outputs of this research formed the first global holistic procurement transport commissioning social enterprise co-owned by the project stakeholders (April 2017).




IDEAS Academy (Innovate, Disrupt, Engage, Accelerate, and Supply)

The IDEAS Academy is leading the way in delivering aligned, innovative and influential learning experiences across the globe in the subject areas of Business Risk and Resilience, Cyber-infrastructure, Executive Leadership, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

We provide friendly, positive and pragmatic support enabling you to achieve success whether transitioning into senior roles, moving from uniformed service to the civilian world or for personal sector specific development. Working in partnership with subject specialists, we offer a unique embodied quality of education alongside mentoring that makes acquiring information, skills or Masters-level qualifications both enjoyable and effective.

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, we embrace digital transformation, engagement and innovation to build upon our informed global marketplace perspective with flexible forward-looking educational pathways in leadership and executive management to new heights.


Leadership & Management Pathways (Level 6)

• Management Apprenticeships - through a mixture of seminars, workshops and work based learning you can gain a strong foundation of core knowledge.
• CIM accredited management trainng


Executive & Strategic Leadership Pathways
(Level 7)

• Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship - this CMI accredited degree apprenticehip is not only supported by employers, but gives the opportunity to also gain an MBA.
• Extended Diploma Strategic Leadership & Management (Pearson)
• MSc International Logistics & Supply Chain Management (CILT accredited)


Non-Accredited Professional Courses

Our staff are ex-industry professionals and leaders from a range of logistics, supply chain, sustainable waste and related functions, up to board level. The group sits on the logistics strategy board for the county of Northamptonshire, has deep-rooted relations with major global companies from both an educational and research perspective and has close working relationships with professional bodies. All of this expertise and collaboration embeds the Institute’s theoretical research in real-world functions, forging an understanding of the desires and needs of the modern globalised supply chain.

Our Team


Liam Fassam is the Operations Director for SOCIETAL with responsibility for the management of the financial, operational and strategic direction of SOCIETAL. 

Liam is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Geography, and Director of the Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply & Transport [LIST] at the University of Northampton. Liam has over 29 years’ experience within the logistics and supply chain arena and has delivered services to clients such as Apple Inc, European Commission (EC), Hilton, HP, Musgrave group, Lloyds Pharmacy and Sodexo.

Liam is also engaged as an expert adviser to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 project in the areas of Supply Chain and Food Security, advisor to the UK Government Office for Science around the future of transport and mobility, and a specialist advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Resource Group on sustainable supply chains.

He is also a member of the European Regional Research Innovation Network (ERRIN) for transportation, and holds Fellowships with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and Royal Geographic Society (RGS).


Sam Evans is the Office Manager for SOCIETAL and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office and providing robust and transparent governance for the team. She is also the Senior Administrator for the Institute of Logistics, Infrastructure, Supply & Transport [LIST] at the University of Northampton.

Sam has an extensive administrative background after working in the field for over 20 years. She has supported many UK and European funded projects since 2005, particularly around project compliance and transparent governance. Responsible for ensuring both SOCIETAL and LIST teams are supported with robust and transparent governance. 

She graduated in 2017 with first class BSc (Hons.) in Psychology.


Jacquie is a Research Assistant at Societal and the LIST Institute.

Jacquie graduated from a Joint Honours programme in Social Care and Psychology at the University of Northampton and has previous experience working in transportation for the Local Authority and in the advice sector. Her research interests include Transport Poverty, Social Exclusion, Ageing & Mobility and Gender studies. Jacquie is also studying for her PhD, researching the travel patterns of lone mothers.   

Current projects include H2020: Women in Transport (TinnGo) and H2020: INCLUSION 



SOCIETAL also offers a consultancy service. We offer a friendly and flexible approach, with a value for money focus for the client.

By working proactively with our clients, we provide research, advice and solutions for a wide range of topics. We do this by drawing on our in-depth knowledge of both transport and social issues. 

With a wide breadth of knowledge and experience on our side, we can will deliver the best results possible. We are always keen to contribute and add social benefit when we can, while also being cost-effective.  

SOCIETAL hold extensive knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Social Object-Driven Transportation Models for Societal Good

  • Innovative ICT/ITS Networks for Public and Private Transport

  • Multi-Modal Logistics and Transportation (Air, Rail, Road and Sea)

  • Supply Chain Food Fraud, Integrity, Resilience and Waste

  • Public Transportation Networks (Including Automated Vehicle Technologies)

  • Reverse Logistics and Returns Management

  • Strategic Procurement Analysis and SCM Planning

  • Supply Chain Connected ITS.

  • Big Data Supply Chain Visibilty

  • Cyber Security and Resilience

  • Circular Economy and Dematerialisation

If you’re interested in learning more about what we can offer, feel free to contact us.


We'd love to hear from you


Please note there are no parking facilities except for Blue Badge Holders at the Innovation Centre. The nearest public car park is Chalk Lane NN1 2RW


Address: SOCIETAL Travel CIC,
Innovation Centre,
Green Street,

Phone:+44 (0)1604 892 585