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Dr Maryam Lotfi

Dr Maryam Lotfi

Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Cardiff Business School

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


Maryam is a lecturer (assistant professor) in supply chain management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. 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. 

Maryam's academic research focuses on "sustainable supply chains"  with the focus of social aspects including child slavery, modern slavery and workers' rights. 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. Some of her projects are: 
- 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

Maryam is passionate about teaching, She is also Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and currently is teaching  "Supply Chain Social Sustainability" and "Sustainability for business" for MSc  in Cardiff Business School. She is also part of executive teachnig team in "Help tp Grow: Management" (available to Micro and SMEs).

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.



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)

Associate member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Academic positions

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

Committees and reviewing

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












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


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).