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Yingli Wang

Professor Yingli Wang


Professor in Logistics and Operations Management, Deputy Head of Section - Research, Impact and Innovation

Cardiff Business School

Available for postgraduate supervision


Dr Yingli Wang is a Professor at Cardiff University in logistics and operations management. She obtained her first degree in Food Manufacturing from China in 1995, an MBA in IT with Distinction in 2003 from Coventry University and a PhD in logistics and operations management from Cardiff University in 2008.  She received the James Cooper Memorial Cup in 2009, awarded by CILT for her invention of the concept of Electronic Logistics Marketplaces (ELMs).  She then developed a best practice guide on ELMs for the Department of Transport.

Over the last decade, she has worked intensively with many organizations including shippers, logistics service providers and IT service providers, in the field of e-logistics and digital supply chain, such as Tesco, ASDA, BT, Costain, Panalpina, Tata Steel, Descartes, JDA Software Group, Infor, Road Tech Computer Systems, GT Nexus, Tandem Transport, CEVA Logistics, Panalpina, ABP Ports, Portbase, to name only a few.  Her research on digitalisation in logistics and supply chain has attracted funding from various funding bodies such as Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), Welsh Government, Highways England and Department for Transport (DfT). The book of “E-Logistics: managing your digital supply chains for competitive advantage” that she co-edited with Prof. Steve Pettit is the first book in the marketplace that offers a comprehensive coverage of technological developments in logistics and the 2nd edition has been released in 2021. Following the success of the E-logistics book, she has also co-edited an open access book with Prof. Steve Pettit entitled " Digital Supply Chain Transformation: Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Growth" which can be downloaded via

She has written widely on the subject and her recent practical publications include a research report and guide for Highways England on accelerating BIM adoption in the supply chain, a research foresight report for Government Office for Science on the impact of emerging technologies on future mobility, and a white paper on blockchain for supply chains for World Economic Forum (WEF). Her futuristic outlook of freight ecoystem in 100 years' time was featured in CILT's flagship magazine Logistics Focus (December issue 2019, pp.35).

One of her research priorities is blockchain/distributed ledger technology and its integrative use with other digital technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, internet of things and cloud computing. She is currently involved in a number of blockchain initiatives, for instance she sits as a blockchain supply chain expert for World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, shaping the trajectory of blockchain deployment in supply chains towards interoperability, integrity and inclusivity. She has made significant contribution to the recent launch of the world's first comprehensive toolkit on blockchain deployment in supply chain. In the UK, she’s been working with a number of organisations from the construction and fintech sectors exploring the deployment of blockchain for value creation. She is keen in raising awareness and sharing knowledge about blockchain in supply chain and has delivered in collabration with industrial partners a master class on blockchain at RICS Digital Built Environment Conference 2019 (London) and a webinar on blockchain's role in the circular economy for the World Built Environment Forum. She is also a  founding member of Blockchain Connected Council in Wales.

Dr. Wang’s research started with examining technological innovation for organisations such as logistics service providers and manufacturers, and then recently extended to explore how technological innovations could benefit a wider society, in particular by addressing the ‘wicked’ problems and grand challenges such as food poverty and health inequality. She works closely with a number of food orgnisations in Wales and is a key member of the South Wales Food Poverty Alliance. One of her notable contributions include the recently launched strategic document: Food Poverty in Wales: a call to action and the sucessful roll out of Wales' first Your local Pantry at Dusty Forge (a food redistribution social enterprise that tackles food poverty and ineuquality) in Cardiff. Her work on food poverty has won the recent 2020 Innovation and Impact Awards. My further work has been focusing on scaling up such community retail provisions to generate wider social impact, and has subsequently produced a brochure, in collaboration with Food Cardiff and the Community Food Retail Network members. It serves as a guide to share knowledge and provide advice to local community organisations which wish to set up a community retail project in their local areas

Dr. Wang is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).  Before embarking on her academic career, she worked for about 8.5 years at Nestlé China in various senior managerial roles.

For a recent Special Issue she has edited on Emerging Digitalization Technologies in Freight Transport and Logistics for Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, please click the following link,

















  • Huckridge, J., Potter, A. T., Wang, Y., Beresford, A. K. C. and Naim, M. M. 2010. Enabling multimodal transport: A Welsh perspective. Presented at: Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2010, Harrogate, UK, 8-10 September 2010.
  • Huckridge, J., Potter, A. T., Wang, Y., Beresford, A. K. C. and Naim, M. M. 2010. Enabling multimodal transport: a Welsh perspective. Presented at: 15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Harrogate, UK, 8-10 September 2010Proceedings of the 15th Logistics Research Network Conference Harrogate 8-10 September 2010. CILT pp. 285-294.
  • Huckridge, J., Potter, A. T., Wang, Y., Beresford, A. K. C. and Naim, M. M. 2010. CT in multimodal transport operations: a framework for future research. Presented at: 17th EurOMA Conference, Porto, Portugal, 6-9 June 2010.
  • Huckridge, J., Wang, Y., Potter, A. T., Beresford, A. K. C. and Naim, M. M. 2010. ICT in multimodal transport operations: a framework for future research. Presented at: 17th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Porto, Portugal, 6-9 June 2010 Presented at Acur, N., Erkip, N. K. and Günes, E. D. eds.Proceedings of the 17th International Annual EurOMA Conference, Porto, Portugal, 6-9 June 2010. European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
  • Edwards, J., Wang, Y., Potter, A. and Cullinane, S. 2010. E-business, E-logistics and the environment. In: McKinnon, A. et al. eds. Green Logistics Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics. London: Kogan Page, pp. 322-338.
  • Wang, Y., Naim, M. M. and Potter, A. T. 2010. Electronic logistics marketplaces. In: Lee, I. ed. Encyclopedia of E-business Development and Management in the Global Economy. Hershey, PA.: IGI Global, pp. 218-226.
  • Potter, A. T., Wang, Y. and Thomas, A. J. 2010. Supply chain planning, auditing and performance analysis. In: Mena, C. and Stevens, G. eds. Delivering performance in food supply chains. Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition Vol. 185. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing





  • Wang, Y. and Naim, M. M. 2006. B2B e-Business reference architecture for customised logistics. Presented at: 11th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2006), Beijing, China, 9-11 July 2006 Presented at Pawar, K. ed.Competitive Advantage Through Global Supply Chains: Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Logistics (11th ISL), Beijing, China, 9 - 11 July 2006. Nottingham: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise
  • Wang, Y., Potter, A. T. and Mason, R. J. 2006. Aligning transport performance measures for customised logistics. Presented at: 14th International Working Seminar on Production Economics, Innsbruck, Austria, 20-26 February 2006.
  • Wang, Y. 2006. E-collaboration: A literature analysis. Presented at: 2nd I*PROMS Virtual International Conference, online, 3-14 July 2006 Presented at Eldukhri, E. E., Pham, D. T. and Soroka, A. J. eds.Intelligent Production Machines and Systems - 2nd I*PROMS Virtual International Conference 3-14 July 2006. Elsevier pp. 132-143.


  • Wang, Y., Lalwani, C. C. and Aryee, G. 2005. E-business enabled customised logistics sustainability. Presented at: 2005 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, Beijing, China, 10-12 August 2005 Presented at Qiu, R. G. ed.2005 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics: Proceedings: August 10-12, 2005, Beijing Friendship Hotel, Beijing, P. R. China. IEEE pp. 549-554.


Book sections







Primary research interests

  • Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain for supply chains
  • Logistics and supply chain digitisation: AI, IoTs, 5G, cloud computing, enterprise social media, platform systems
  • Technological innovations for sustainable logistics and supply chains (climate change, circular economy) 
  • Technological innovations for society, in particular for the disadvantaged
  • Innovative supply chain provisions and food poverty/insecurity

Research Projects

  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Blockchain-Powered Digital Material/Product Passport: Accelerating Supply Chain Net
    Zero Goals, funded by UKRI Innovation Launchpad Network+ Researchers in Residence Scheme at Digital Catapult, £49,013.00, 02.01.2024-31.12.2024 
  • Lotfi, M. (PI) and Wang, Yingli (CI), Netting Ethical Shrimp: How Technology Can Revolutionize Sustainable Seafood Practices, £5000, Cardiff Business School Public Value Felloship, 2023/2024
  • Fareshare Cymru (lead), Wang, Yingli, Wang, Xun, SBRI Sustainable Production and Supply of Food Challenge, Phase 2, Funded by Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and Welsh Government, £15,000, 08.2023-07.2024 
  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Rana, Gosling, Rezgui, Perera, Li, and Ranjan et al. (Newcastle University),  Scalable Circular Supply Chain for the built environment, 01.10.2021-30.09.2024, £975,500, EPSRC
  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Eyers, Dan, Skeet, J-P and Lai, Yukun, Exploring intelligent immersive systems for field service operations, in collaboration with BT plc, ESRC DTP PhD studentship, 09.2022 - 08.2026
  • Wang, Yingli (PI-academic lead), Skeet, J-P (CI) and Simply Do Ideas Ltd. (Industry lead), Diverse Supply Chain Programme (DiSC), 01/04/2021 - 30/9/2021,  £292,057, funded by Innovate UK, Manufacturing Made Smarter programme
  • WECA (Consortium Lead), Wang, Yingli (Cardiff Uni - lead), Potter, Andrew, Naim, Mohamed, 5G for Logistics, 01/11/2020-31/03/2022, £3,017,994.75, UK Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) 5G Create Programme
  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Redesigning Trust, Blockchain for supply chains, 01/06/2019-31/05/2020, £5275, sponsored by Cardiff University ESRC Impact Acceleration programme
  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Eshraghi, Arman (CI), Wang, Qingwei (CI), Unlocking the potential of blockchain, £4000, ESRC IAA Sparking impact workshop, held on November 18 2019.
  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Designing a blockchain enabled supply chain, 1/7/2018-31/12/2019, £1950, sponsored by Cardiff Business School Seedcorn funds,
  • Wang, Yingli (PI), Tackling food poverty: Building resilience into alternative food supply chain provision, Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, in collaboration with Welsh Government Agriculture, Food and Marine Department, 2018-2022
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator - UK), Sharon Williams (Principal Investigator -Sweden), Michael Browne (Co-Investigator), Return to Sender! Analyzing the sustainability of the reverse logistics of clothing (r)e-tailers”, sponsored by Sweden Energy Agency, SEK2,570,577.00 (equivalent £231,753.53), 01/12/2016 – 31/12/2018
  • Wang, Yingli/Christine Harland (Principal Investigator) “Evidencing the effectiveness of the West of England Academic Health Science Network”, sponsored by Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, West of England Academic Health Science Network, £250,000, 01/12/2013 - 30/11/2018
  • Chris McMahon (PI, Bristol University), Cardiff Team: Mohamed Naim (PI for WP5), Andrew Potter (Co-Investigator), Yingli Wang (Co-Investigator), Rossi Setchi (Co-Investigator), Ying Liu (Co-Investigator), and Gillian Bristow(Co-Investigator),, “Re-Distributed Manufacturing and the Resilient, Sustainable City (ReDReSC)”, Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC UK), £491,658, 01/05/2015 – 01/06/2017
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), Gosling, Jon (Co-Investigator), Kumar, Maneesh (Co-Investigator) and Naim, Mohamed (Co-Investigator), “Accelerating BIM adoption in the supply chain”, sponsored by UK Highways Agency, £62,290, 01/12/2015-31/03/2017
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), O'Neill, Martin (Co-Investigator) and Anne Toublic (Co-Investigator), “Reconnecting, Strengthening, Accessing and Providing: Participatory Supply Chain Design with Disadvantaged Welsh Communities”, Cardiff Business School Seedcorn funds, £2300, 01/04/2016 – 31/07/2016
  • Wang, Yingli (Co-Investigator), Huw Davies (PI for WP1) and Shin Lee (Co-Pi), “New integrated smart mobility options (NISTO)”, Sponsored INTERREG IVB North West Europe, a funding of EURO 331,678.50, 01/06/2011 - 01/06/2015
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), "Defining and Measuring Communication Flexibility for Smart Logistics," Sponsored by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC UK), £111,477.00, 01/03/2012 – 30/11/2014.
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), CUROP student placement grant, sponsored by Cardiff University, £1360 for 8 weeks during summer in 2013.
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), Potter, Andrew (Co-Investigator), Beresford, Anthony (Co-Investigator), Naim, Mohamed (Co-Investigator), "e-Enabled multimodal transport in Wales," Sponsored by National Assembly for Wales, £121,933.00. (July 1 2009 - June 30 2011).
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), O'Neill, Martin (Co-Investigator), "Exploring the Concept of “Floating” Market: The link between diet, health and health inequalities," Sponsored by Welsh Crucible (HEFCW), UK local authorities, health and hospital authorities, £3,000.00. (November 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012).
  • Tippmann, Eric (Principal Investigator), Wang, Yingli (Co-Investigator), Dr Tatiana Tatarinova, (University of Glamorgan) "My GENE Code PEiMB: Public Engagement in Molecular Biology," Sponsored by Welsh Crucible (HEFCW), UK local authorities, health and hospital authorities, £6,000.00. (November 1, 2011 - April 30, 2012).
  • Brennan, Paul (Principal Investigator), Wang, Yingli (Co-Investigator), (Co-Investigator), "Developing the Sustainable Laboratory - Waste," Sponsored by Welsh Crucible (HEFCW), UK local authorities, health and hospital authorities, £8,999.00. (November 1, 2011 - July 30, 2012).
  • Potter, Andrew (Principal Investigator), Naim, Mohamed (Co-Investigator), Mumford, C (Co-Investigator), Wang, Yingli (Co-Investigator), "Pathways to Impact: Green Logistics," Sponsored by EPSRC, OST/OSI Research Councils et al, £5,500.00. (September 2010 - March 31, 2011).
  • Wang, Yingli (Principal Investigator), Naim, Mohamed (Co-Investigator), Potter, Andrew (Co-Investigator), "Pan-Wales Collaborative Electronic Logistics Marketplace (ELM)," Sponsored by Welsh Assembly Government, UK central government, £44,549.00. (October 1, 2007 - March 31, 2008).
  • Potter, Andrew (Principal Investigator), Wang, Yingli (Co-Investigator), "Electronic Logistics Marketplaces," Sponsored by Department of Transport, UK central government, £5,600.00. (September 1, 2006 - February 28, 2007).


  • BST825 Enterprise Resource Planning and Management
  • BST831 E-Business and e-Logistics
  • BST623 Digital transformation, organisation and society


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of

  • Technological innovations for logistics and supply chains such as blockchain, AI, immersive technology, IoTs, social technologies, cloud computing, 5G and so on.
  • Digital transformation
  • Digitally enabled circular economy models
  • Technological innovations for society, in particular for the disadvantaged
  • Innovative supply chain provisions that tackle the issue of food poverty/insecurity
  • E-logistics and e-enabled multimodal transport
  • Cross-border e-commerce and supply chain management

Current supervision

Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones

Research student

Sanghoon Shin

Sanghoon Shin

Research student