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Emrah Demir

Professor Emrah Demir

Professor of Operational Research

Cardiff Business School

+44 29208 70971
Aberconway Building, Floor 2nd, Room C26, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Emrah Demir is a Professor of Operational Research in the Logistics and Operations Management Section of the Cardiff Business School.

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 45 journal articles and five book chapters and has currently more than 4,700 citations (h-index 27) 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:

Emrah is one of the recipients of 2021 Transportation Science Meritorious Service Award.




















Book sections



Research interests

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

Research grants

  • Colombia-UK PACT Programme (2023-2024): GIRO-ZERO - Steering the Colombian road freight sector towards a zero emissions strategy: Giro-Zero
  • Colombia-UK PACT Programme (2022-2023): GIRO-ZERO - Steering the Colombian road freight sector towards a zero emissions strategy: Giro-Zero
  • Ocado Group plc (2022): Operational excellence in logistics and supply chain management: Executive training
  • Colombia-UK PACT Programme (2021-2022): GIRO-ZERO - Steering the Colombian road freight sector towards a zero emissions strategy: Giro-Zero
  • Ocado Group plc (2021): Operational excellence in logistics and supply chain management: 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 & Warrington 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: KTP
  • 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 teaching commitments

  • BS3010 Analysing and Improving Operations, Module Lecturer
  • MSc Dissertation Supervision

Previous teaching commitments

  • MSc Grand Challenges in Logistics and Operations Management
  • BSc Advanced Operations Management (Year 3)
  • BSc Operations Management (Year 2)
  • MBA Strategic Operations Management
  • MBA Dissertation Supervision

Previous academic leadership commitments

  • Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section - Deputy Head of Section (Learning & Teaching) (August 2021 - October 2022)
  • Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section - Senior Coordinator of Learning & Teaching (October 2020 - July 2021)
  • Programme Director of MSc Logistics and Operations Management (August 2018 -September 2022)



  • 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  (partial academic scholarship)

Professional memberships

  • Member of COPIOR (The Committee of Professors of Operational Research)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Co-Director PARC Institute of Manufacturing, Logistics and Inventory
  • Member of Logistics and Systems Dynamics Group (LSDG)

Academic positions

  • 2021 - present: Professor of Operational Research
  • 2019 - 2021: 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 PhD students

  • First Supervisor, Zhuowu Zhang - "The role of drivers in green road freight transportation"
  • First Supervisor, Xinyue Hao - "Human-machine collaborative decision-making in supply networks"
  • Third supervisor, Ruikai Sun - "Estimation of port emissions"

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

Zhuowu Zhang

Research student

Xinyue Hao

Xinyue Hao

Research student

Ruikai Sun

Ruikai Sun

Research student