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      United Kingdom

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    Aristides joined Aston University as a Lecturer in August 2011 and is currently a Reader in Supply Chain Design & Logistics Systems, member of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Lille 2, in France. 

    His research focuses on how to assess the present—   and especially the future— logistics and supply chain capabilities; how to design the supply chain based on strategic and logistical assessments. He is particularly interested in the concepts of “Design for Supply Chain/Logistics” and “Three Dimensional Concurrent Engineering” (3DCE).

    He has been involved in several research (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, ERDF) and consulting projects as a freelance consultant particularly in manufacturing, food, healthcare and humanitarian sectors. He is also a regular invited speaker at international business conferences.

    At Aston University he led the development of the Supply Chain Readiness Level Tool to assess the maturity and the capabilities of manufacturing supply chains. His research has appeared in the major Supply Chain Management/Logistics outlets. He has been involved in several research and consulting projects as a freelance consultant and as an external evaluator where he has reviewed proposals for the French National Research Agency (ANR) and for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (Government of Canada). 

    In the DISCUS project (funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK) he looked into Drivetrain Integration, Supply Chain Upscaling and Streamlining in the Electric vehicle sector. In the NextNext (EU funded) project he is exploring the identification of trends and scenarios for future supply chains. He recently received funding (£1m.) from the European Regional Development Fund to help companies in the food and other manufacturing sectors to assess and rebuild the capabilities of their supply chains, delivering the maximum UK content, and to grow.

    In 2019 he was appointed a Royal Society Short Industry Fellow to collaborate with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) a world-class technical innovation, engineering and specialist low volume manufacturing services provider in developing group’s supply chain strategy and the changes required to futureproof the business. 

    Aristides’ industrial research collaborators include Jaguar Land Rover, Saietta Group, MCT Reman, Microcab, Goodfloo, Marks & Spencer, AB Vassilopoulos, and many small and medium size companies. 



    Research Interests

    • Supply Chain & Logistics Systems Design
    • Supply Chain Readiness Levels and Capability Assessment
    • Resource Efficient, Biomass Supply Chains & Life Cycle Assessment
    • Supplier-Buyer Relationships  
    • Main sectors of interest: Manufacturing, Retail, Food, Humanitarian

    Teaching Activity

    • Introduction to Supply Chain Management (BSc)
    • Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains (BSc)
    • Logistics and Transportation (MSc)
    • Supply Management (MSc)


    • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, 2013.
    • Post-doc in Innovation in the Food Chain, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2011.
    • PhD in Supply Chain Management & E-business, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2006
    • MSc in Food Industry Management & Marketing, Imperial College, University of London, 2002
    • BSc in Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2000


    • 2018-date: Reader, Aston University
    • 2015-2018: Senior Lecturer, Aston University
    • 2011- 2015: Lecturer, Aston University
    • 2007 – 2011: Adjunct Lecturer,  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia and City College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield
    • 2006-2009: Researcher in the FP6 European Project “e-Trust”, University of Macedonia.
    • 2004-2007: Scientific Associate and Trainer, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
    • Member of the European Association of Operations Management

    Contact Details

    Phone:  +44 (0) 121 2043595
    Room: MB222A

    External positions

    External examiner

    External examiner


    • HE Transportation and Communications
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain Management

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    Research Output 2002 2019

    A study on improving transport efficiency in multi-tier retail supply chains

    Venegas Vallejos, M., Matopoulos, A. & Greasley, A., 6 Sep 2019, 2019 Logistics Research Network Annual Conference. p. 12-17

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access

    Incentivising Bioenergy Production: Economic and Environmental Insights from a Regional Optimization Methodology

    Yılmaz Balaman, Ş., Scott, J. A., Matopoulos, A. & Wright, D., 1 Jan 2019, In : Renewable energy. 130, p. 867-880 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Supply chains
    Sustainable development

    Managing resource dependencies in electric vehicle supply chains: a multi-tier case study

    Kalaitzi, D., Matopoulos, A. & Clegg, B. T., 11 Mar 2019, In : Supply Chain Management. 24, 2, p. 256-270 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Resource dependency
    Electric vehicle
    Supply chain
    Resource dependence theory

    Supply chains under resource pressure: Strategies for improving resource efficiency and competitive advantage

    Kalaitzi, D., Matopoulos, A., Bourlakis, M. & Tate, W., 10 Dec 2019, In : International Journal of Operations and Production Management. 39, 12, p. 1323-1354 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Supply chains
    Natural resources
    Supply chain management

    The role of perceived justice in buyer-supplier relationships in times of economic crisis

    Matopoulos, A., Didonet, S., Tsanasidis, V. & Fearne, A., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. 25, 4, 100554.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Economic crisis
    Buyer-supplier relationships


    Supply chain natural resource scarcity strategies and their implications for ogranisational performance.: an empirical study of manufacturing companies.

    Author: Kalaitzi, D., 7 Nov 2016

    Supervisor: Matopoulos, A. (Supervisor) & Hedges, P. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Outstanding Reviewer Award

    Aristides Matopoulos (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    supply chain management

    Best paper award

    Aristides Matopoulos (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Electronic commerce
    Supply chains

    Activities 2011 2016

    • 5 Editorial activity
    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (Journal)

    Aristides Matopoulos (Editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    International Journal of Logistics (Journal)

    Aristides Matopoulos (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (Journal)

    Aristides Matopoulos (Guest editor)
    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    University of Sheffield

    Aristides Matopoulos (Visiting lecturer)
    1 Mar 2014 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management (Journal)

    Aristides Matopoulos (Editor)
    1 Jan 20121 Sep 2015

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity