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Professor Amir Sharif

PositionAssociate Dean (International) and Professor of Circular Economy
DepartmentSchool of Management
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Research Interests (key words only)

Circular Economy, Food Security / Food Waste, Humanitarian Operations, Operations Manaagement, Supply Chain Management, Operational Research, Decision-Making, Causal / Cognitive Mapping, Systems Thinking, Systems Archetypes, Complex Systems, Strategic Information Systems.

PhD Supervision

  • Gamification in digital marketing
  • Social Media as an enabler for New Product Development

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Circular Economy
  • Management Consulting

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Associate Dean (International Partnerships)
  • Member, University Academic Partnerships Sub-Committee
  • Member, University Professor and Reader Re-grade Committee
  • Member, University Internationalisation Group
  • Member, University Learning Hub Programme Board
  • Member, University Student Survey Group
  • Member, Faculty Board. Member, Faculty Management Committee
  • Member, Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Chair, Faculty International Affairs Committee
  • Member, Faculty PGR Programme Review group
  • Member, Faculty International Advisory Board
  • Member, Faculty Law International Advisory Board
  • Member, MBA Industry Advisory Board


Amir joined the University in his new role as Associate Dean (International) in August 2017 coming from Brunel University London, where he was Professor of Operations Management and the Founding Director of the Operations and Supply Chain Systems (OASIS) research group within Brunel Business School.

He was also an appointed member of the Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University London and a past member of Senate. Amir has previously held a number of senior leadership and management roles within Brunel Business School, including as Head of School and also has been Assistant Head, Acting Director of the Doctoral Programme, Director of MBA Programmes, and Director of Teaching and Learning.

Prior to his academic career, Amir worked extensively within the Financial Services and Professional Services sector, working for and consulting with many of the world’s leading multinational corporations, including JPMorgan, UBS Investment Bank, KPMG Consulting, BAE Systems, Sony, and the BBC. He brings a wealth of experience in terms of both internationalisation of programmes and overseas global partnerships (predominantly across MENA, GCC and South Asia) – and has successfully lead, directed and contributed to key accreditations including AACSB and AMBA. Amir also has experience in gaining programme recognition and accreditations from a number of leading UK chartered bodies and PSRBs for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

In parallel with his industry experiences, Amir remained and continues to be research active and continues to be an active member on grant funding bodies. He has been re-elected in successive years to be a member of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College, whilst also having provided his expertise to a number of other leading national and international research funding bodies such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Commission (EU), the British Academy, the British Council, the Czech Research Foundation (CRF), the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Natural and National Science Foundation of China (NNSFC), and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF).

His key teaching and research interests cross a diverse mix of topics including Operations and Supply Chain Management, Information Systems, Knowledge Management and Leadership Decision-Making and Operations Research. These are across a range of sectors such as manufacturing, FMCG, central and local government, humanitarian logistics, financial services, and more recently, food security / waste, the food-energy-water nexus and the circular economy. He has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals and has been recognised for his academic contributions from publishers and societies alike.

Amir’s research was identified in 2014 by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub-panel for Business and Management as of “outstanding international reputation and impact” for research conducted with the UK government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in applying “soft” operations research modelling techniques in order to evaluate the impact of European Union farming subsidies on the UK agribusiness sector and the resulting effect on UK climate change policy.

He continues to be active in the popular press and media, contributing and being quoted in articles in newspapers such as the Financial Times, The Times (of London), The Independent, WIRED (UK edition), as well as being an ad-hoc columnist for University Business magazine. Amir is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (FCILT), the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).

Research Areas

Amir's areas of research interest lie at the intersection between business and organisational operations, decision-making, strategy, policy development and human and social behaviour dynamics. As such this underpins his research interest areas of circular economy, food security (and the related water and energy nexus), humanitarian operations and supply chain management and general operations strategy, knowledge management and decision-making.

Current Projects

  • SAFE-Q: Safeguarding Food and the Environment in Qatar (funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation)
  • Lean humanitarian supply chain and logistics to ensure resilient and efficient food distribution in humanitarian disasters and emergencies (funded by the British Council, Researcher Links Programme)


Irani, Z., and Sharif, A.M. (2017). “Food Security across the Enterprise: A Puzzle, Problem or Mess for a Circular Economy?”. Journal of Enterprise and Information Management. Accepted.

Irani, Z., Sharif, A.M., Lee, H., Aktas, E., Topaloglu, Z., van’t Wout, T., and Huda, S. (2017). Managing food security through food waste and loss: Small data to big data. Computers and Operations Research. In press.

Sharif, A.M., and Irani, Z. (2017). “Policy making for Global Food Security in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world”. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy. In Press.

Irani, Z., Sharif, A.M., Papadapoulos, T., and Love, P.E.D. (2017). “Social media and Web 2.0 for knowledge sharing in product design”. Production Planning and Control. 28 (13) : 1047 - 1065.

Irani, Z., Kamal, M.M., Sharif, A.M., and Love, P.E.D. (2017). “Enabling Sustainable Energy Futures: Factors Influencing Green Supply Chain Collaboration”. Production Planning and Control, 28 (6 – 8) : 684 – 705.

Shah, N., Irani, Z., and Sharif, A.M. (2017). “Big Data in an HR context: Exploring organisational change readiness, employee attitudes and behaviors”. Journal of Business Research, 70 : 366 – 378.

Sharif, A.M., Alshawi, S., Kamal, M.M., Eldabi, T. and Mazhar, A. (2016). “Response to Lane: What we talk about when we talk about “Systems Thinking”. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 67 (3) : 529-529.

Sharif, A,M., and Irani, Z. (2016). “People, Process and Policy perspectives on Food Security: an exploration using systems archetypes”. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, 10 (1): 3-10.

Irani, Z., and Sharif, A.M. (2016). “Sustainable Food Security Futures: Perspectives on Food Waste and Information across the food supply chain”. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 29 (2) : 171 - 178.

Irani, Z., Sharif, A.M. and Papadopoulos, T. (2015). “Organizational Energy: A behavioural analysis of Human and Organizational Factors in Manufacturing”. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 62 (2) : 193 - 204.

Irani, Z., Sharif, A.M., Kamal, M.M., and Love, P.E.D. (2014). “Visualising a Knowledge Mapping of Information Systems Evaluation”. Expert Systems with Applications, 41 (1) : 105 - 125.

Sharif, A.M., Alshawi, S., Kamal, M.M., Eldabi, T. and Mazhar, A. (2014). “Exploring the role of supplier relationship management for sustainable operations: an OR perspective”. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 65 (6) : 963 – 978.

Abdul Rahman, N.A., Melewar, T.C., and Sharif, A.M. (2013). “The establishment of industrial branding through dyadic logistics partnership success (LPS): the case of the Malaysian automotive and logistics industry.” Industrial Marketing Management, 43 (1) : 67 - 76.

Al-Karaghouli, W., Ghoneim, A., Sharif, A. and Dwivedi, Y. (2013). “The Effect of Knowledge Management in Enhancing the Procurement Process in the UK Healthcare Supply Chain”. Information Systems Management, 30 (1) : 35 - 49.

Sharif, A.M., and Irani, Z. (2012). “Supply Chain Leadership”. International Journal of Production Economics, 140 (1) : 57-68.

Love, P.E.D. Edwards, D.J., Irani, Z., and Sharif, A. (2012). “Participatory Action Research Approach to Public Sector Procurement Selection”. ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138 (3) : 311-322.

Heaslip, G., Sharif, A.M. and Althonayan, A. (2012). “Employing a systems-based perspective to the identification of inter-relationships within Humanitarian Logistics”. International Journal of Production Economics, 139 (2) : 377 – 392.

Sharif, A.M., Irani, Z., Love, P.E.D., and Kamal, M. M. (2012). “Evaluating Reverse Third-Party Logistics Operations using a Semi-Fuzzy Approach”, International Journal of Production Research, 50 (9) : 2515 – 2532.

Further publications available on request.


"Informing DEFRA’s development of environmental policy relating to climate change", REF2014 Impact case submission.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

• (Welcoming Address), MISMUN 2017, Messaieed International School Model United Nations Conference, 7th December 2017, SDG2: Zero Hunger, Wakra, Qatar.

• “Safeguarding Food & Environment in Qatar (SAFE-Q): a report on research outcomes”, Research Outcome Seminar (ROS) & Roundtable on Food Security, Qatar, 6th December 2017, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Innovation Centre, Doha, Qatar.

• “The wellbeing of society: Global Public Health and the Food-Water-Energy nexus”, Agriculture and Health: from humus to humans symposium, 5th September 2017, Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative, School of Divinity, St Johns College, University of Cambridge, UK.

• “Nexus dynamics: Food, Water and Energy within a Circular Economy”, 7th International Symposium on Energy (Energy7), 13th – 17th August 2017, Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester, UK.

• “Securing the future of Food, Water and Energy in the GCC”, 15th International Annual Conference, World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD), 16th – 18th May 2017, Sheraton International, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

• “Food Logistics & Food Security: the Sustainability Imperative”, 3rd International Conference on Projects and Logistics (PROLOG), 11th – 12th May 2017, La Rochelle, France.

• “Team Based Learning: learning from Games and Gamification for Teaching Excellence”, 18th Learning and Teaching Symposium, Brunel University London, UK.

• “The Food – Water – Energy Nexus: Archetypes within a Circular Economy”. Oxford Food Forum, Annual Conference 2017, ‘Beyond the Silo: Understanding and building linkages across the Food System’, 29th April 2017, Oxford Food Forum, Oxford Martin School, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK.

• “Big Data and Food Security: Exploring the Food, Water, and Energy Nexus“, Cognitive Analytics Management conference, CAM 2016, 4th – 5th November 2016, Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

• “Food and Water Security and Supply Chain Challenges”, 16th Production Research Symposium (UAS 2016), 12th - 14th October 2016, İstanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey.

• “Production, Supply and Waste: Securing the Food Chain in a Climate Change Context”, Planning for Climate Change Conference, 25th June 2015, London South Bank University, London, UK.

• “The Bigger Picture: Exploring Sustainability and its impact on the UK agribusiness Supply chain”, Sustainability in Business and Economics Workshop, 22nd June 2015, Monash University, Prato Centre, Prato, Italy.

• “Food Security and Supply Chains”, DAL Group, 18th February2015, Khartoum, Sudan.

• “Selecting your Research Methodology”, Ahlia University, 22nd May 2014, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

• “Organising your Literature Review”, Ahlia University, 22nd May 2014, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

• “The Fourth Revolution: Bits, Bytes and Blueprints in a Personalised Future”, Deutsche Bank AG, London, 14th February 2014, db Ideas Lab speakers series, London. Available. [on-line]

• “The Impact of Knowledge Management On Innovation Practices And Operational Performance”, KnowledgeBrief Innovation Research Group, Park Plaza Hotel, London, 12th February 2014. Available. [on-line].

• “Food Security and Supply Chains”, Knowledge Event, Great British Week 2014 (sponsored by British Council, Brunel University and Ahlia University), 15th January 2014, Intercontinental Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

In the News/Media

• “The future of Food Security”, (with Zahir Irani). Geographical (The Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society), 22nd August 2017. Available. [online]. (accessed 22nd August 2017)

• “Entrepreneurial spirit can drive Africa’s green revolution”, Financial Times (London, Europe, US and Asia editions), 23rd May 2017, pp.12. Also from URL (accessed 23rd May 2017)

• “Food Security in the UK: a post-Brexit view”, European Financial Review, February – March 2017, pp. 37 – 39. Also from URL (accessed 14th March 2017)

• “Managing Difficult Personalities”, European Business Review, January – February 2017, pp. 67 – 70. Also from URL (accessed 24th January 2017)

• “Made to Order: Customisation Advances in Emerging Markets”, Quoted in The Economist Intelligence Unit, ‘Growth Crossings’ series report, March 2016, From URL (accessed 3rd March 2016)

• “Personality Clashes”, Quoted in Edge, the magazine of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), March / April 2016, p.40.

• “Teaching Excellence should rely on Big Data”, University Business, From URL (accessed 12th February 2016)

• “Radical approach needed to address productivity crisis – with business schools leading charge”, Available from URL (accessed 21st January 2016)

• “Ask the Experts: The Dilemma”, Quoted in Edge, the magazine of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) (misprinted name as Prof. Zahir Irani), November / December 2015, p.60-61.

• “It’s all just theory”, Quoted in Edge, the magazine of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), November / December 2015, p.23-24.

• “Focus – it’s all in the Mindfulness”, Quoted in The Independent on Sunday (MBA supplement), 25th October 2015, p.14.

• “Food as resource, not Food as Waste: taking a holistic view of the UK food supply chain”, Next steps for UK food waste policy waste reduction, innovation and anaerobic digestion, 10th September 2015, Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum, UK. Also from URL (accessed 23rd September 2015)

• “New recruitment strategy: academic qualifications no longer a barrier to getting a foot in the door”, Quoted on Thomson Reuters Accellus (compliance portal), 9th September 2015. Available from URL (accessed 14th September 2015)

• “What can HR bring to the M&A table?”, Quoted on Thomson Reuters Accellus (compliance portal), 25th August 2015. Available from URL (accessed 26th August 2015)

• “Meeting the Productivity Challenge”, HR Magazine, 10th August 2015. Available from URL (accessed 10th August 2015)

• “Can you help your clients take the e-plunge?”, Quoted in the ACCA Accounting and Business Magazine, July / August 2015, Available from URL (accessed 10th August 2015)

• “Experience continues to be the best teacher”, Financial Times (London, Europe, US and Asia editions), 22nd July 2015, pp.12. Also from URL (accessed 23rd July 2015)

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