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Dr Maryam Lotfi

Dr Maryam Lotfi

Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

+44 (0)29 2251 0877
C45, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


Maryam is a lecturer (assistant professor) in supply chain management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University and an affiliate to the SRSC Forum-Research-Cardiff University. She Holds PhD in Supply chain management and MRes in Management both from Bayes (formerly 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. 

Maryam's academic research focuses on "sustainable supply chains"  with the focus of social aspects including child slavery, modern slavery and workers' rights. This is very much aligned with Cardiff Business School Public Value Strategy. Therefore, it contributes to the main themes of PUblic Value strategy on Decent Work, Business Remodelled and Future Organisation through interdisciplinary research addressing the grand challenges highlighted in The Way-Forward. Furthermore, she is part of the Wales Anti Slavery Academia Group. Another research focus for her is risk and resilience in the suply chains. 

She has published different papers in refereed journals and international conferences. She is serving as Editorial Board of Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management (JTSCM) and as advisory board in Continuity & Resilience Review, Emerald Publishing in association with the Business Continuity Institute.  She chaired supply chain management streams in international conferences such as POMS 2019 and IPSERA 2022.

She has successful track of record in fund applications and working with industrial partners. The fundings were from Global Wales, ESRC and Cardiff University internal funds. The projects focus includes different countries and sectors as such investigation on child labour in India; investigation of modern slavery risk management in tourism sector globally or UK focused projects such as the effect of Covid 19 on employment standards across the UK supply chains. 

Maryam is passionate about teaching, She is also Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She designed a new module of   "Supply Chain Social Sustainability" for Cardiff Business School, MSC Sustainability Program,  which for it, she is serving as module leader from Jan. 2021. She also co-teaches on "Sustainability for business" for MSc  in Cardiff Business School. She is also part of executive teaching team in "Help tp Grow: Management" available to Micro and SMEs, in which she teaches "Employee Engagement and Leading Change". The module receives well attention from SMEs in Wales (See the impact of the program and specifcally this module as reflected in the Wales news Here)

Maryam has experiences working with different sectors including food and drink sector, hospitality sector and auto industry. She is also working with NGOs, governments and Unions to be able to address the supply chain social issues through a multi- stake holder approach. 

She is collaborating with different universities globally, including Copenhagen Business School, Kedge Business School, Montpellier Business School, Uiversity of Johannesburg, Jindal Global University, University of Strathclyde and Bayes Business School. She has been appointed as Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Transport & Supply Chain Management, and the University of Johannesburg with effect from September 2022. 



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)

Honours and awards

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

Professional memberships

Member of British Academy of management(BAM)

Member of European Operations Management Association (EUROMA)

Member of Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Committees and reviewing

Advisory board, Continuity & Resilience Review, Emerald Publishing in association with the Business Continuity Institute 












Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Supply Chain Social Sustainability for the MSc students

Sustainability for Business for the MSc students

Emplyee Engagmeent and Leading Change, "Help to Grow: Management" Prgram available to micro and SMEs. 

Main research interests:

Social sustainability in supply chains, Human rights in supply chains, Child slavery, Modern slavery, Workers' rights in supply chains

Supply Chain Risk Management and Resilience

Funded projects:

ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative studentship 2023 of £155000, for the project of  “Understanding and modelling the impact of consumer purchasing behaviour on the global supply chains' decisions in adapting anti-slavery practices”. This is a collaboration with UNSEEN, a UK based anti-slavery charity (2023-2027).

- Main applicant and main investigator, Global Wales International Research Mobility Fund from Global Wales, “Modern slavery in the global supply chains” through collaboration with Jindal Global University 2022

- Main applicant and main investigator, Seedcorn fund, Cardiff Business School, “Modern Slavery risk management in the long and complex supply chains: Case study of tourism sector 2022  

- Co applicant and Co-investigator, ESRC IAA/NPIF ABC fund, “How can ethical consultancies help firms maintain employment standards across their operations and supply chains in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic?”  2021


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, Workers' rights

- Supply chain risk management and resilience

- Collaboration among micro, small and meduim enterprises in the SC

Current supervision

Mr Abhishek Panchwagh

Research student


Vanja Strand

Research student

Past projects

First supervisor of the PhD project in which Vanja 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. 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 (expected date: 2023)

Second supervisor (50%) of the PhD project in which 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 PhD Supervisor of the PhD project in a collaboration between Cardiff Business School and University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Hemisha Makan is investigsting Supply Chain Modern Slavery in South Africa: Context, Conceptualization, and assessment (start date: Sep. 2022- End date: Sep. 2025)

Third PhD supervisor of the PhD project in which  Miguela Gonzalez is doing research on Implementing the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan:A Study of Processes, Prospects and Pitfalls (start date: Sep. 2022- End date: Sep. 2025). The project is funded by Welsh Government.