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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

Please be aware that bookings are now closed for this event. If you have any concerns or questions about your booking please contact Alli Glandfield at

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 Expert Manager, Bain & Company 

Jenni Edwards - Managing Director, ESC International

The event will cover 97 abstracts across the following themes: 

·       Supply Chain Resilience

·       Digital Transport in Supply Chain 

·       Ocean Logistics:  People, Processes, Technologies and the Environment 

·       Steering the Road Freight Sector:  Towards a Zero Emissions Strategy 

·       Logistics Decarbonisation

·       Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management 

·       Co-growth to Enable Economic Prosperity, Resilience and Sustainability:  The food and beverage supply chains 

·       Sustainability/Circular Economy in Food Supply Chains 

·       Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 

·       The Impact of COVID-19 on Logistics and Supply Chain 

·       Circular and Sustainable Supply Chain 

·       Specialised Supply Chains, Supply Chain Future, Theory and Innovation 

·       Logistics and Transport Technology 

·       eCommerce Logistics and People in Logistics and Supply Chain 

Logistics Research Network Conference 2021 - PhD Web Workshop
You are invited to join this year’s LRN PhD Web Workshop on 10 September 2021 (9.30 - 12.30). It is aimed at doctoral students or people just about to embark upon doctoral studies. The half-day workshop promises to be exciting and inspiring and will provide new-comers to LRN with the opportunity to virtually meet new friends and future colleagues.
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to network with students from national and international universities, share the challenges of doctoral training with like-minded peers and benefit from the experiences of leading supply chain/logistics scholars.
The objectives of the workshop are:
- to bring together research students from different universities and departments
- to explore issues relating to doctoral research, particularly common themes affecting doctoral students around the world
- to provide advice and encouragement to doctoral students (but not supervision!)

As well as the LRN PhD workshop on the morning of 10 September 2021, there will be a pre-conference industry workshop on Industry 4.0 for Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chain Practices, the 5th iLEGO Workshop (Innovation Lean Effective Green Operations) will take place on Wednesday 8 September 2021 from 13:30 - 17:00 (BST) hosted by Cardiff Business School via Zoom. Register your place today.


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.  

Please note:  at 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.


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



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)

LRN Virtual Conference Programme

8 - 10th September 2021


Date  Time  Session 
Wednesday 8 September





Stream webinars. Authors to give 10 minute impulse presentations with 5 minutes Q&A each and/or group discussion at the end of the session.


5th iLEGO2021: Industry 4.0 for Sustainable & Resilient Supply Chains

Thursday 9 September

10 - 11.30



13.00 - 14.30



15.00 - 16.00

  • Ocado and Bain & Company keynote presentations   
  • Panel discussion                               
  • Stream presentations


  • Joseph Sarkis and Alan McKinnon keynote presentations and debate on climate change mitigation and adaption.
  • Stream presentations.


  • ESC International keynote presentation
  • Stream presentations
  • Panel discussion
Friday 10 September




PhD Workshop


International Journal of Logistics - Research & Applications (IJLRA) Editorial Board Meeting

LRN 2021 Keynote Speakers

LRN 2021 Keynote Speakers 


Keynote Session: Mitigation and adaptation aspects of climate change related to logistics and SCM

Synopsis: This joint session will discuss and debate the roles of mitigation and adaptation aspects of climate change in the context of logistics and supply chain management. It will include the keynote presentations delivered Prof Joseph Sarkis and Prof Alan McKinnon, as well as discussion panel that will aim for these two global experts to discuss their views on the topic and answer questions from conference attendees.


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Professor Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management and Sustainability within the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo.  His research and teaching interests include Sustainability, Technology, Operations and Supply Chain Management.  He has authored over 450 publications and has been a highly cited researcher for several years.  He is an Industrial Ecology Fellow and has served a research scholar at universities throughout the world.  He is a coordinator within the Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) Knowledge-Action Network in the Circular Economy Working Group.  He is also an international program coordinator for the Greening of Industry Network (GIN) along with a book series co-editor for Springer-Nature on Greening of Industry Networks.  He is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Engineering Management Review and Associate Editor for the journal Resources Conservation and Recycling on the topic of sustainable supply chains.


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Professor Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg and Professor Emeritus at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. A graduate of the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and London, he has been researching and teaching in freight transport / logistics for over 40 years and has published extensively in journals and books on many different aspects of the subject. Much of his recent research has focused on the links between logistics and climate change. He has been an adviser to several governments, parliamentary committees, and international organisations, including the International Transport Forum, the World Bank, the United Nations and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Council, a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Logistics and chairman of the Transport Advisory Group of the EU Horizon 2020 research programme.  Alan is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the European Logistics Association and was a founder member of the Logistics Research Network back in 1996.


Keynote Session: Ethical Procurement – Building a Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chain



Jenni Edwards, Managing Director, ESC International

Jenni Edwards is the Managing Director of ESC International, an ethical trade consultancy and advisory service, that specialises in supporting and improving best practice in ethical trade, labour exploitation and worker rights, both internally and throughout an organisation’s supply chain. Working with a range of organisations ranging from smaller local and UK based businesses and suppliers to intergovernmental organisations, government agencies, brands, retailers, and international retail and labour supply chains. By helping organisations to build their legal and ethical labour standards compliance programmes, ESC International is fulfilling the company vision to mitigate human rights abuses occurring across the world in the form of modern slavery, labour exploitation, human and worker rights, and the degradation of the environment. Jenni also founded Ethical Rating Cymru, a Welsh grown business-led programme designed to support organisations in taking action on the specific challenges presented by human and worker rights in the workplace and throughout the supply base. The programme measures the performance of the The Ethical Rating Cymru programme helps organisations to demonstrate  sound ethical employment management practices, reducing business risk, and enabling them to differentiate themselves from their competitors.  The pilot was sponsored by Welsh Government and has its foundation in a management systems approach where ethical labour standards can be effectively controlled and continually improved as organisations move through the programme


Keynote Session: Practical advice for measuring and managing Scope 3 emissions

Synopsis: Where measured with some degree of diligence and accuracy, Scope 3 emissions often account for over 80% of a global company’s carbon footprint, depending on the industry. Most companies are stumped by the monumental challenge of understanding and measuring Scope 3 emissions – and broader Scope 3 environmental impacts, which are largely out of their control. How can corporates be expected to achieve measurable reductions in Scope 3 emissions? This presentation will look at some of the approaches global companies have taken to tackle this challenge and provide some practical advice on how to improve Scope 3 emissions management while also strengthening supply chain resilience.


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Gwyneth Fries, Senior Expert Manager, Bain & Company

Gwyneth is an expert on corporate sustainability and serves as a Senior Expert Manager at Bain & Company in the Global Sustainability Innovation Center, based in Singapore. Prior to joining Bain, Gwyneth managed all aspects of global sustainability at Agility, including customer engagement, operational sustainability, fair labor, and reporting. Prior to joining Agility, she advised businesses in Asia Pacific on sustainability strategy with Forum for the Future, and spent several years consulting for the World Bank Group, advising governments in Latin America and the Caribbean on trade facilitation and agro-export competitiveness. She holds a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Micromasters Credential in Supply Chain Management from MITx. Her personal interests include climbing, yoga and reading.


Keynote Session: Online grocery retail Supply Chain and capacity planning under extreme uncertainty

Synopsis: This presentation will describe the reaction of the Ocado Logistics business to the Covid pandemic during 2020, focusing on impacts to the inbound supply chain of products and the planning of labour and assets required to outbound customer orders. In particular, it will highlight some of the forecasting challenges and how they impacted upon decision making.  


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Christopher Kent, Head of Supply Chain Analytics, Ocado


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Tim Coughlin, Head of Planning Analytics, Ocado




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