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Dr Emrah Demir

Dr Emrah Demir

Reader in Management Science, The PARC Associate Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics, Deputy Head of Section (Learning & Teaching)

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 0971
C26, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Emrah Demir is a Reader in the Logistics and Operations Management Section of the Cardiff Business School. He is Deputy Head of Section (Learning & Teaching) and Program Director of MSc Logistics and Operations Management programme.

Before joining Cardiff University, Emrah worked as Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). He holds BEng and MSc degrees in Industrial Engineering from Baskent University (Turkey), and a PhD in Management Science from University of Southampton.

Emrah's current research interests are positioned within the areas of green logistics and operational research. He has mainly worked in the application of mathematical optimisation to real-life freight transportation problems. He possesses expertise in quantitative and analytical methods, such as exact and approximation methods. More specifically, Emrah writes mathematical equations (and derive analytical solutions) to analyse and understand highly complex decision-making problems in the context of logistics and transportation. He has published more than 37 journal articles and five book chapters and has currently more than 3,000 citations (h-index 21) to his publications on Google Scholar. He also serves as a reviewer in several international journals of operational research, transportation, and logistics. Emrah has also been involved in and obtained several external grants from different funding bodies which can be found under Research section.

Emrah has experience in teaching Logistics and Transportation, Operations Management, Project Management and Operational Research. Additionally, he supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds on a range of related subjects, including green vehicle routing, intermodal transportation, integrated transportation and etc.

Emrah has the following editorial roles:



  • 2012 - PhD in Management Science, Southampton University, Southampton, United Kingdom (academic scholarship)
  • 2008 - MSc in Industrial Engineering, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey (academic scholarship)
  • 2005 - BSc (4 years) in Industrial Engineering, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey  (academic scholarship)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Academic advisor for Panalpina Centre for Logistics and Manafacturing Research (PARC)
  • Member of Logistics and Systems Dynamics Group (LSDG)

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present: Reader in Management Science
  • 2016 - 2019: Senior Lecturer in Management Science
  • 2013-2016: Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2012-2013: Postdoc Researcher, School of Industrial Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2009-2012: PhD Candidate, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton
  • 2005-2009: Research/Teaching Assistant, Department of Industrial Engineering, Baskent University, Turkey

Committees and reviewing

  • Area Editor (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) of Journal of Heuristics (2018 - )
  • Associate Editor of OR Spectrum Journal (2021 - )
  • Associate Editor of IMA Journal of Management Mathematics (2019 - )
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Future Transportation - Freight Transport and Logistics (2019 - )


















Current teaching commitments

  • BS3010 Analysing and Improving Operations, Module Leader and Lecturer
  • MSc Grand Challenges in Logistics and Operations Management, Module Leader and Lecturer
  • MSc Dissertation Supervision
  • MBA Dissertation Supervison

Previous teaching commitments

  • BSc Advanced Operations Management (Year 3)
  • BSc Operations Management (Year 2)
  • MBA Strategic Operations Management

Research interests

  • Green Logistics
  • Vehicle Routing Problem
  • Intermodal Transportation
  • Integrated Transportation
  • City Logistics
  • Operational Research/Optimisation

Research grants

  • Columbia-UK PACT Porgamme (2021-2022): GIRO ZERO - Steering the Colombian road freight sector towards a zero emissions strategy
  • Ocado Group plc (2021): Operational excellence in logistics and supply chain manegement: Executive training
  • Ocado Group plc (2019-2020): Developing and testing analytical models to measure and optimise food waste in the Ocado supply chain
  • ESRC - Cheshire & Warrrington LEP (2019): Analytical support for local industrial strategies: Researcher placements in local enterprise partnerships
  • Ocado Group plc (2019-2021): Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project: Enhancing the routing system to allow optimisation of a country-wide home delivery network
  • CILT Seed corn funding (2018-2019): Truck Platooning
  • Ocado Group plc (2018): Addressing Salad Supply Chains
  • ESRC/Panalpina (2017-2018): Conquering the last mile
  • ESRC/Panalpina (2017-2018) : Same day, same way?


Current PhD students

  • First Supervisor, Zhuowu Zhang - "The role of drivers in green road freight transportation"

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Green logistics
  • Vehicle routing problem
  • Intermodal transportation
  • Integrated freight and public transportation
  • The uberization of last-mile transportation
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Impact of 3D printing on transportation
  • Combinatorial optimization
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Heuristics and metaheuristics methods

Current supervision

Zhuowu Zhang

Research student

Past projects

  • Second supervisor, Violina Sarma - "Collaborative decision-making for hierarchical forecasts: A multi-sector perspective" (awarded 2021)
  • Co-supervisor, Ghilas Veaceslav - The Pickup and Delivery Problem with Time Windows and Scheduled Lines: Models and Algorithms (awarded 2016)