Arijit Bhattacharya


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Dr Arijit Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Course Leader of MSc Operations and Logistics Management at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Prior to this appointment, he worked at Dubai Business School (University of Dubai), Brunel Business School (Brunel University London) and Dublin City University Business School (Dublin City University). He has taught a number of undergraduate and post-graduate courses. He served both industries and academia. He is the recipient of the prestigious Irish Research Council of Science, Engineering & Technology's Embark Initiative Post-doctoral Research Fellow in 2007. He has five years of post-doctoral research experience at Dublin City University, Ireland. Arijit is a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation, United Kingdom.

To date, he has published more than 70 articles in prominent international journals (including ABS 4, 3, and 2-rated journals), refereed conferences and book chapters. He worked as a Guest Editor of special issues of various prominent ABS 3 journals. Dr Bhattacharya has received research grants from various funding agencies including the Irish Research Council for Science & Technology (now Irish Research Council). He actively collaborates with both industries and academia. To date, Arijit has supervised 45 MBA/MSc dissertations and one PhD thesis. 

Dr Bhattacharya is a Senior Associate Editor of the FIIB Business Review journal and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management. He is a reviewer of many ABS 4 and 3-rated journals. To date, he has served in 66 referred international conferences as a programme committee member. He worked as a track chair of the British Academy of Management conferences in 2017 and 2018.

Arijit was a member of the International Association of Engineers, member of the IEEE Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society, Industrial Applications Technical Committee, member of the EURO Working Group Multi-Criteria Aid for Decisions (EWG-MCDA), member of the International Society on Multi-Criteria Decision-Making, member of The Institution of Engineers (India), Chartered Engineer of The Institution of Engineers (India).

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of supply chain operations, particularly:

  • low-carbon / sustainable supply chain network design
  • game theory approach in manufacturing supply chains
  • strategic supplier selection and evaluation
  • circular economy and waste from perishable products 
  • digitalisation, automation and food industry
  • global supply chain resilience
  • lean operations and waste reduction.


Key Research Interests

Dr Bhattacharya's research interests include:

  • supply chain pricing and competition
  • lean/sustainable/clean manufacturing operations
  • sustainable supply chains and low-carbon logistics
  • resilient supply chains & logistics
  • innovation and collaboration in supply chains
  • innovation-led lean approaches in supply chains/logistics
  • multi-criteria/multi-attribute decision-support / expert systems in logistics
  • optimisation in logistics.

Teaching Interests

Module Organiser:

  • Global Logistics Management (NBS-7054A)
  • Operations Strategy and Management (NBS-5910B)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (NBS-7069X)

Teaching Responsibilities 2022-2023:

  • Undergraduate: Operations Strategy and Management (NBS-5118B)
  • Post-graduate taught: Global Logistics Management (NBS-7054A)

Dr Bhattacharya has wide experience in teaching different modules in the domain of operations and supply chain/logistics management. He has taught the following modules in different universities: 

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Production & Services Operations Management
  • Modelling & Simulation of Supply Chains
  • Global supply chain strategy and design
  • Supply chain operations
  • Purchasing and global supply chain
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management Technologies & Information Systems
  • Warehousing & Materials Handling
  • Transportation & Distribution

Post-graduate Teaching:

  • Operations Management
  • Global Logistics & Transportation Management
  • Purchasing and Sourcing Strategy
  • Operations and Supply Chain Strategy
  • Managing Supply Chain Operations

Academic Background

  • PhD from the Department of Production Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (2006); Field of research: Operations management and decision-making.
  • Master of Production Engineering (1999) from the Department of Production Engineering, Jadavpur University, India.
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1996) from Jadavpur University, India.

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

I am open to supervising PhD students on the following research topics:

  • circular economy
  • low-carbon / sustainable supply chain network design
  • supply chain pricing and competition
  • game theory approach in manufacturing supply chains
  • supply chain analytics and optimisation
  • strategic supplier evaluation
  • supply chain resilience
  • lean operations 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Jadavpur University

Award Date: 13 Sep 2006

Master of Engineering, Jadavpur University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999

Bachelor of Engineering, Jadavpur University

Award Date: 31 Jul 1996

External positions

External Examiner, MSc Logistics and Global Operations , University of Lincoln

Sep 2020Aug 2024

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire


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