• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    The topics can include, but are not restricted to:
    Emerging Technologies e.g. Digital Twins, Blockchain in Supply Chain Management
    , Circular Supply Chains, Supply chain risk management: e.g. Resource shortages/scarcity in supply chains e.g. natural resources, skill shortages

    Personal profile


    Dimitra has joined the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Aston University in August 2020 as a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management where she teaches various programmes in the Department of Engineering Systems & Supply Chain Management.

    Before joining Aston University, she was working as a Lecturer at Birmingham City University (2018-2020) and as a research associate at Cambridge University (the REMEDIES-RE-configuring MEDIcines End-to-end Supply project) and at Aston University  that gave her the experience of working on different supply chain projects.


    • PhD in Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Schoold of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, UK, 2015
    • MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield University, UK, 2012
    • BSc (Hons) in Technology Management, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2010


    • Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management, Birmingham City University (2018-2020)
    • Research Associate in Manufacturing Supply Chain, Aston University (2018)
    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Aston University (2017)
    • Research Assistant, University of Cambridge (2016)

    Research Interests

    Her main research interests are in the areas of:

    • Emerging Technologies for Supply Chain Management
    • Buyer-supplier relationships
    • Sustainable supply chain management
    • Supply Chain risk management

    Teaching Activity

    • Systems and Logistics Foundations (Foundation Year)
    • Managing Engineering Projects (Degree apprenticeship)
    • Application of transport models (Degree apprenticeship)
    • Modelling (Degree apprenticeship)

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
    • Member of the CILT Logistics Research Network

    Contact Details

    Email:  d.kalaitzi3@aston.ac.uk



    Key research projects

    REshaping Supply CHains for Positive Social Impact (ReSChape)

    Dates: 1st October 2022 to 30th September 2025

    Sponsor: EU/Subcontracting from Aston University

    Funded: £274,000

    Project ReSChape analyses recent social, economic and environmental changes and disruptions, including the Covid-19 pandemic, and evaluates their impact on supply chains.

    Project Website

    ‘Scaling the UK insect protein sector: industrial research for low-emission protein production’ 

    We have successfully secured £700,729 from Innovate UK and BBSRC to fund a collaborative project ‘Scaling the UK insect protein sector: industrial research for low-emission protein production’ with Agrigrub Ltd and Beta Bugs Limited. Over the next 24 months, the project will accelerate the UK’s insect protein sector by addressing major barriers to scaling. 


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