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PhD in Business and Management - Reshaping supply networks to enable innovative integrated strategies for manufacturing and logistics

Cardiff Business School

Dr Emrah Demir , Dr Daniel Eyers Monday, May 31, 2021 Self-Funded PhD Students Only
Cardiff United Kingdom Business Business & Management Project Management

About the Project

Cardiff Business School invites applications from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, and/or appropriate Master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. 

The successful candidate will be enrolled on the PhD in Business and Management at Cardiff Business School.

Please visit here for further information about the PhD Programme at Cardiff Business School.

Applicant Profile:

The ideal candidate for this project has a specialist Master’s Degree in Business, Management or related subjects from an internationally renowned University. Applicants with a strong first degree will also be considered. The ideal applicant has the motivation and ability to critically engage with relevant academic literature; conduct quantitative research; strong communication skills and be enthusiastic about seeking new opportunities for the future of manufacturing and logistics.

This project will focus on the development of mathematical models and metaheuristics algorithms for (i) modelling of 3D Printing in the context of last mile logistics and (ii) analysing case studies around integrated production and transport planning. The candidate should have the relevant mathematical and computational skills for developing algorithms and decision-making tools. 

Project Description:

Logistics brings manufacturers and customers together by delivering products, and this will still be a requirement in next 30 years. However, what will change is the role of logistics in the fulfilment of customer demand. Today, logistics is somewhat subservient to manufacturing, with the transportation of goods typically considered a nonvalue-adding activity. However, the logistics sector could have a major role in overcoming the range of challenges society will face in the near future by reshaping supply networks to enable manufacturing, remanufacturing, and recycling within the last mile transport operation.

This PhD research project will investigate how firms transition from using third-party logistics to 3D Printing logistics, combining the established concept of logistics service providers with 3D printing capabilities. This will integrate manufacturing and all logistics activities into a single entity, whose role is to coordinate and manage all elements of fulfilment and reverse logistics.

Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying.

·      The Lead supervisor on this project is, Dr Emrah Demir,

Funding Notes

Applications are open until 31st May 2021, however if sufficient applications are received we reserve the right to close the application early.
This project is not funded, applications from self-funded students are welcome. Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available University scholarships.
The start date is 1st October 2021.
For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: View Website


When applying, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and whether you are self-funded or are applying for funding (within or external to the University).
The application must contain the following documents:
1. Covering letter: The covering letter must name the project being applied for and should be addressed to the supervisor. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages.
2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.
4. Curriculum Vitae: This should be no longer than two pages.
5. Research Proposal: The proposal should build directly on the project description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
• Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;
• An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;
• Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;
• A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);
• Bibliographic references
This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team (

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