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Maryam Lotfi

Dr Maryam Lotfi

Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Cardiff Business School

Email
LotfiM@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29225 10877
Campuses
Aberconway Building, Room C45, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Maryam is a lecturer (assistant professor) in supply chain management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. She is the co-director of Modern Slavery and Social Sustainability Research Group.

 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 the 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 Welsh Government "Anti-Slavery Wales Forum", in the" Supply chain and international group". Another research focus for her is risk and resilience in the supply 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 the 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 specifically 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- stakeholder approach. 

She is collaborating with different universities globally, including Copenhagen Business School, Kedge Business School, Montpellier Business School, University 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. 

             

 

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Research

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:

  1. Main applicant and main investigator, Seedcorn fund of Global Collaboration, internal from Cardiff Business School (£5000),  "Modern slavery risk management in the hospitality sector: a moral legitimacy approach on hotel groups disclosure and an institutional logics approach on accepting responsibility", 2023 (This project is in colalboration with University of Queensland.
  2. Public Value Engagement Fellowship of £5000, "Netting Ethical Shrimp: How Technology Can Revolutionize Sustainable Seafood Practices", Maryam Lotfi & Yingli Wang, Internal Cardiff Business School PUblic Value Engagement Fellowship Scheme, (2023-2024). This project is in colalboration with  Bangladesh Agriculture university and Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  3.  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).
  4. 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, India, 2022.
  5. 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  
  6. 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

 

Examples of defined Live projects with industrial partners for MSC dissertations:

  1. How modern slavery risk is managed in the banking sector with specifc focus on the role of investors
  2. Critical analysis of banks net zero disclosures and operational resilience against transition risk
  3. Green-washing risk and operational resilience in the banking sector

Teaching

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Maryam Teaches:

1- Supply Chain Social Sustainability for the MSc students:

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/public-value/public-value-teaching/supply-chain-social-sustainability-case-study

2- Sustainability for Business for the MSc students

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

Biography

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 

Supervisions

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

 

Current supervision

Vanja Strand

Vanja Strand

Research student

Abhishek Panchwagh

Abhishek Panchwagh

Research student