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Dr Maryam Lotfi

Dr Maryam Lotfi

Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management

Ysgol Busnes Caerdydd

+44 (0)29 2251 0877
Adeilad Aberconwy, Rhodfa Colum, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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Maryam is a lecturer (assistant professor) of supply chain management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. She joined Cardiff Business School in 2018 as Research Associate on the Co-Growth project within the Logistics and Operations Management group. She Holds PhD in Supply chain management and MRes in Management both from Cass Business School, City University London. She also holds MSc in Industrial engineering from Sharif University and BSc in Mechanical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology in Tehran. Passionate about industry, she has different industry experiences in Petrochemical companies and auto industry.
Maryam's academic research focuses on Supply Chain Management with interests including lean, agile, resilient, green, and sustainable (LARGS) supply chains and collaboration among micro, small and medium firms in the supply chains. Her new focus is on "sustainable supply chains"  with the focus of social aspects including child slavery, modern slavery and workers' rights.
She has published over seven papers in refereed journals and international conferences on the subject. She is also advisory board in Continuity & Resilience Review, Emerald Publishing in association with the Business Continuity Institute). In addition, she is topic editor of Journal of sustainability for Social suitability from Sep. 2020.
Maryam is passionate about teaching, She is also associate fellow of Higher Education Academy from 2011 and currently is teaching  "Lean operations" and "Sustainability for business" for MSc  in CARBS.


Educational Background:

- PhD in Management (Operations and supply Chain Management), Cass Buisness School, City University London (2011-2015)

- MRes in Management, Cass Buisness School, City University London (2010-2011)

- MSc. in Industiral engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2007-2009)

-BSc in Mechinacal engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (1999-2003)

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Cass PhD Bursary, GBP 85000,  Sponsor: Cass Business School

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Member of British Academy of management(BAM)

Member of European Operations Management Association (EUROMA)

Member of Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Associate member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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2018- present: Research Associate, Cardiff Busienss School, Cardiff University, UK

2016-2018: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management and Economics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Iran

2015-2016: Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Iran

2013-2014: Visiting lecturer, Cass Business School, City University London, UK

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Advisory board, Continuity & Resilience Review, Emerald Publishing in association with the Business Continuity Institute (launches from Jan. 2019)

Reviewed for: Production planning and control, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logisitics Management, Journal of Sustainability










Associate member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Teaching Certificate:  Introductory Certificate in Academic Practice, City University London (2011)

BST828: Lean Operstions for the MSc students

 BST806: Sustainability for Business for the MSc students

Main research interests:

Social sustainablity in supply chains, Human rights in supply chains including child slavery, modern slavery and women empowerment

Supply Chain Management: Lean, Agile, Resilient, Green, and Sustainable supply chains

Collaboration in supply chains with specific fcus on micro, small and medium firms


interested to supervise students in the areas of:

- Social sustainability in supply chains, Human rights in supply chains, child slavery in supply chains, modern slavery, women empowerment, gender inequality

- Collaobration in the supply chains with specific focus on micro, small and medium firms

- Lean, agile, resilient, green and sustainable (LARGS) supply chains

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Mr Abhishek Panchwagh

Research student

Anusha Hewage

Research student

Vanja Strand

Research student

Past projects

First supervisor: Vanja in her PhD is looking at how supply chains are tackling the issue of modern slavery at the national and international levels. As the globalisation has increased, significant low contract prices are offered to lead to more competitiveness in the global trade which caused other complicated issues such as modern slavery in the supply chain. Different countries are defining different Acts to encounter this phenomenon such as UK Modern Slavery Act which requires organizations with a turnover greater than £36m to publish an annual statement regarding action taken to combat this issue in their supply chain. However, there is not a holistic view on how supply chains are encountering the issue of modern slavery at the national and international levels and this research aims to fill tihs gap. 

Second supervisor (40%): In his PhD, Abhishek Panchwagh is working on a multi-disciplinary research between Cardiff School of Law and politics and the Business School with the focus on Force majeure in the supply chain contracts. This becomes more important in times of uncertainties that supply chains encounter in different periods such as COVID 19 Pandemic that affects the supply chains globally (Expected end date: 2023).

Second supervisor: in her PhD, Anusha is  looking at how supply chains develop their strategy towards being lean, agile, resilient and sustainable (LARS supply chains). In todays’ volatile market accompanied by different risks such a political and natural one, firms need to become resilient while they need to be efficient and responsive as well pertinent to leanness and agility. In addition, the issue of sustainability in its different aspects of economic, environmental and social cannot be neglectable. There is a gap on this holistic view in supply chains which this project aims to target it ( expected date: 2023)