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Professor Amir Sharif

Associate Dean (Inter- Accred)/Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Management
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 234301


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, AMBA and EQUIS.

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).


Amirs 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)

Professional activities

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


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleFood security across the enterprise: a puzzle, problem or mess for a circular economy? (2018)
AuthorsIrani Z.;Sharif A.
JournalJournal of Enterprise Information Management
TitleA consumer behavioural approach to food waste (2018)
AuthorsAktas E.;Sahin H.;Topaloglu Z.;Oledinma A.;Huda A.;Irani Z.;Sharif A.;van’t Wout T.;Kamrava M.
JournalJournal of Enterprise Information Management
TitleManaging food security through food waste and loss: Small data to big data (2018)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.; Lee, Habin; Aktas, E.; Topaloğlu, Z.; van't Wout, T.
TitleEnabling sustainable energy futures: factors influencing green supply chain collaboration (2017)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Kamal, M.M.; Sharif, Amir M.; Love, P.E.D.
TitleBig data in an HR context: Exploring organizational change readiness, employee attitudes and behaviors (2017)
AuthorsShah, N.; Irani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.
TitlePolicy making for global food security in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world (2017)
AuthorsSharif A.;Irani Z.
JournalTransforming Government: People, Process and Policy
TitleSocial media and Web 2.0 for knowledge sharing in product design (2017)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.; Papadopoulos, T.; Love, P.E.D.
TitleSustainable food security futures: Perspectives on food waste and information across the food supply chain (2016)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.
TitlePeople, process and policy perspectives on food security: An exploration using systems archetypes (2016)
AuthorsSharif, Amir M.; Irani, Zahir
TitleResponse to Lane: ‘What we talk about when we talk about “Systems Thinking” (2016)
AuthorsSharif, Amir M.; Alshawi, S.; Kamal, M.M.; Eldabi, T.; Mazhar, A.
TitleOrganizational Energy: A Behavioral Analysis of Human and Organizational Factors in Manufacturing (2015)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.; Papadopoulos, T.
TitleVisualising a knowledge mapping of information systems investment evaluation (2014)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.; Kamal, M.M.; Love, P.E.D.
TitleExploring the role of supplier relationship management for sustainable operations: an OR perspective (2014)
AuthorsSharif, Amir M.; Alshawi, S.; Kamal, M.M.; Eldabi, T.; Mazhar, A.
TitleResearch trends in knowledge management: Analyzing the past and predicting the future (2011)
AuthorsDwivedi Y.;Venkitachalam K.;Sharif A.;Al-Karaghouli W.;Weerakkody V.
JournalInformation Systems Management