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Logistics Research Network Conference 2021

'Sustainable and resilient supply chains in disruptive times'

Date: 8 - 10 September 2021  

Host: Cardiff Business School 

Where: Online Conference

Price: £80 (an additional fee is payable to Cardiff University to attend the iLEGO meeting)

You can book your place at this years' LRN Conference here.

With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic still being felt globallyleading not just to a health crisis but also with substantive economic, social, political and environmental consequences, there is a need for academics to influence both the theory and practice of logistics for more resilient and sustainable supply chains. The core purpose of future research needs to not only provide economic improvements but also generate wider benefits to positively impact on current mega-trends and challenges.  


LRN 2021 will debate and critique the whole range of contemporary issues associated with resilient and sustainable supply chains 

Keynote speakers 

Prof Joseph Sarkis - Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Hanken School of Economics

Prof Alan McKinnon - Kühne Logistics University

Christopher Kent - Head of Supply Chain Analytics, Ocado

Tim Coughlin - Head of Planning Analytics, Ocado

Gwyneth Fries - Senior Sustainability Manager, Agility

Jenni Edwards - Managing Director, ESC International

There will be specific streams driven by enthusiasts with a passion for knowledge generation, enhancement, and delivery; as shown below. 




As well as the LRN PhD workshop on the morning of 10th September 2021, there will be a parallel pre-conference industry workshop on Industry 4.0 to enable resilient and sustainable supply chains, namely the 5th iLEGO (innovation, Lean, Effectiveness, Green Operations) workshop, taking place on the afternoon of 8th September. Further details of the programme will be released soon. 

LRN 2021 will be hosted by Cardiff University’s Logistics and Operations Management Section, which is celebrating its 21st Anniversary. The Section is a constituent member of Cardiff Business School that, in 2015, became the world’s first business school to put ‘public value’ at the heart of its operations.  

Submission Dates

Monday 18th January 2021          Opening date for structured abstracts submission

Monday 24th May 2021                Closing date for structured abstracts submission

Friday 11th June 2021                  Notification of abstract acceptance

Monday 28th June 2021               Deadline for final submission final papers

Please noteat least one of the authors is expected to pay to attend and present the paper. Only full papers will be considered for the two best paper awards (best research quality and best research impact) and Special Issue of International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications.



Welcome to LRN 2021. 

LRN 2021 Organising Committee:

Emrah Demir (Co-Chair), Beverly Francis (Conference Officer), Allison Glandfield (CILT Events Manager), Irina Harris (Special Issue Guest Editor & PhD Workshop), Angharad Kearse (Communications Officer), Maneesh Kumar (iLEGO Chair), Mohamed M. Naim (Special Streams Chair), Lucy Hemmings (CILT Events Coordinator), Stephen Pettit (Book Publishing Special Stream), Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues (Conference Chair), Xiaobei Wang (Conference Programme Chair), Zara Watson (CILT Marketing Manager)




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