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Professor Amir Sharif

Dean of Faculty

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


Amir M. Sharif is the Dean of the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences and Professor of Circular Economy. Before joining the University of Bradford in 2017 as Associate Dean (International and Accreditations), Amir held several senior academic leadership positions including as Head of Brunel Business School, Associate Head, Director of MBA Programmes and Director of Learning and Teaching (at Brunel University London).  

Prior to academia, Amir worked for several years as an industry practitioner in the financial services and professional services sector including for JPMorgan, UBS Investment Bank and KPMG, gaining deep experience across technology, manufacturing and the public sector as a result.   Starting his academic career as a researcher within the field of artificial intelligence, Amir rapidly developed his research interests to apply his knowledge to addressing complex societal challenges in the areas of food security, circular economy, healthcare, operations / supply chain management, decision-making and humanitarian logistics. His specific area of interest is in the application of systems thinking, causal and cognitive models to explore human decision-making behaviours in complex environments.

He has extensive international teaching and research experience including across Europe, MENA / Gulf region, South Asia and the UK (having also taught at the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College (University of London)).  

Amir is regularly called upon by research councils worldwide to evaluate research funding proposals including from China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Qatar, Serbia and Switzerland as well as the EU and the UK (UKRI, British Council and British Academy).   He is a member of several boards including the Stronger Communities Partnership Board of Bradford Municipal District Council, the Climate Change Committee of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership, the Higher Education advisory group for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Future Leaders Fellowships Programme panel for UKRI, and is a member of the International Committee and the Directors of Internationalisation group for the Chartered Association of Business Schools. He has also previously been a School Governor (Glyn School, Epsom, UK).  

Amir is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport, the Institute of Leadership and Management and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. He continues to support a number of charities aligned to education and healthcare. 


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.


Teaching interests

  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability
  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Leadership
  • Systems Thinking

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


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
TitleFood security across the enterprise: a puzzle, problem or mess for a circular economy? (2018)
AuthorsIrani Z.;Sharif A.
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.
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
TitleBig data in an HR context: Exploring organizational change readiness, employee attitudes and behaviors (2017)
AuthorsShah, N.; Irani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.
TitleSocial media and Web 2.0 for knowledge sharing in product design (2017)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Sharif, Amir M.; Papadopoulos, T.; Love, P.E.D.
TitleEnabling sustainable energy futures: factors influencing green supply chain collaboration (2017)
AuthorsIrani, Zahir; Kamal, M.M.; Sharif, Amir M.; 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.
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
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