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LRN 2021 Conference - Call for Papers is now open 

Sustainable and resilient supply chains in disruptive times

Date: 8 - 10 September 2021  

Host: Cardiff Business School 


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.   Papers may explicitly address resilience and sustainability or concentrate only on one aspect of the myriad of topics that contribute to our understanding of improving logistics and supply chain management as a whole.  As part of this general call for papers, there will be specific streams driven by enthusiasts with a passion for knowledge generation, enhancement, and delivery.  


Submission Dates 

Monday 18th January 2021         Opening date for structured abstracts submission  

Monday 26th April 2021             Closing date for structured abstracts submission 

Monday 24th May 2021              Notification of abstract acceptance 

Monday 28th June 2021             Deadline for final submission final papers or structured abstracts 


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.


Papers would also be welcomed which cover a range of themes and issues relevant to logistics and supply chains. Please find the list of traditional LRN themes below:

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management 
  • Value Chain Management
  • International Freight Transport
  • Business Data Analytics 
  • Operational Research 
  • Interdisciplinary topics 

As well as the usual LRN PhD workshop on the morning of 8th 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. 


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.  


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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