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My current research is focused on two strands that are inspired by the trend of global challenges regarding humanitarian operations, and sustainable operations. In the first strand, I look for ways to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and fairness of humanitarian operations at different phases of disaster management cycle from preparedness to response, recovery, and mitigation. In the second strand, I analyze trade-offs between the environmental. economic, and social sustainability dimensions at firm and supply chain levels in manufacturing, service, and maritime sectors.  For these, I primarily employ analytical methodologies from the Operations Research and Management Science, Decision Science, Intelligent Search, Data Analytics, Data-driven Decision Making, and Game Theory. I am also familiar with Empirical Research methodologies including Quantitative and Qualitative techniques and have used them in a number of research projects. 

Research group(s)

Research Interests

  • Sustainable operations management
  • Humanitarian operations and disaster management
  • Green scheduling
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Business analytics

Research supervision

PhD completions as first supervisor:

  • Dr Ruoqi Geng (Completed June 2017), Winner of Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Research, and Dean's Prize for Innovation and Impact in Doctoral Research. Thesis topic: An Investigation of the Adoption of Green Supply Chain Management Practices in the Manufacturing Sector in Asian Emerging Economies: Guanxi, Antecedents and Performance. Current position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Operations Management, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK.
  • Dr Jennifer Bealt (Completed March 2017), Thesis topic: Investigating Alternative Logistics Structures in Times of Crisis: An Exploration of Collaborative Aid Networks and their Impacts on Humanitarian Operations in Post-Earthquake Nepal. Current position: Research Associate in the Humanitarian and Conflict Research Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, UK.
  • Dr Salman Ali Shehab (Completed February 2017). Thesis topic: Enhancing Environmental Sustainability of Healthcare Facilities: A System Dynamics Analysis Approach.
  • Dr Mohammed Nashar (Completed February 2016). Thesis title: Mitigating Demand Uncertainty through Supply Chain Strategies: The Case of Food SMEs in the Hajj Phenomenon.
  • Dr Can Eksoz (Completed June 2014). Thesis title: Improving Collaborative Forecasting Performance in the Food Supply Chain. Current position: Demand & Supply Planning Lead, Transmed, UAE.
  • Dr Wael Hadid (Completed May 2014), Winner of Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Research. Thesis title: The Relationship between Lean Service, Activity-Based Costing and Business Strategy and Their Impact on Performance. Current position: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Management Accounting, Sheffield University Management School, The University of Sheffield, UK.

Grants

Supply Chain Collaboration among Agribusiness SMEs and Post-Brexit UK-Australia Trade
Funder: BAM-ANZAM Collaborative Research Award Scheme 2019
Duration: September 2019 - December 2020
Towards a green and sustainable ecosystem for the EU Port of the Future
Funder: European Commission
Duration: July 2018 - December 2021
MINI-CHIP - MINImising Carbon footprint of maritime sHIPing
Funder: European Commission
Duration: September 2013 - August 2017
An Investigation into the Role of Multiobjective Optimisation as a Decision Aid in Build-to-Order Supply Chains
Funder: Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF)
Duration: November 2008 - October 2009