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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
Email:  a.matopoulos@aston.ac.uk
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
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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., 13 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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