Professor Michael Bourlakis is the Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management and the Head of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Group. He has worked at Brunel University Business School (Leadership Roles: Director of Postgraduate Studies for 7 MSc programmes, “Impact” Champion for REF2014, Director of Supply Chain Research Centre), Kent University Business School (Leadership Roles: Head of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Group, Director of Enterprise), Newcastle University (Leadership Roles: Director of UG and PG Programmes), Oxford University Templeton College (Oxford Institute of Retail Management), Leicester University Management Centre.
Michael is an internationally renowned and established authority in logistics and supply chain management. He has been very successful in winning substantial external funding. Specifically, he has won 33 research and consulting projects (as PI or Co-I) totaling more than £33.5 million (total allocated project funding) from various bodies (BBSRC, EPSRC, Food Standards Agency, Technology Strategy Board, EU [FPVI, FPVII], Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie), local Regional Development Agencies and private companies. Professor Michael Bourlakis has generated 76 journal papers and 5 edited books. He sits on the Editorial Board of 17 journals, he has been a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications and has also acted 14 times as the Guest Editor for journal special issues. He acted as an Expert Advisor for CABS Journal Ranking List (2015).
Professor Bourlakis has been involved with pre- and post-project evaluations for the European Commission and he has acted as an Expert Reviewer and / or Panel Member for numerous funding bodies [Academy of Finland, AXA Research Fund, Flanders Research Foundation (Belgium, FWO), French National Research Agency, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), Research Grants Council of Hong Kong etc.] In the UK, he has been a Reviewer for the British Academy, ESRC, Innovate UK, Leverhulme Trust and he is a Member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College. Professor Bourlakis has been a Chair and Keynote Speaker for leading logistics academic and industry conferences worldwide. Michael has been an External Examiner for UG (7 times) and PG programmes (6 times) as well as PhD viva voce (33 times) involving leading universities in UK and the world. He has been a successful PhD / DBA supervisor 8 times and has led Doctoral Workshops for numerous bodies. Professor Bourlakis has been an External Member and / or External Referee of University Panels for numerous Chair appointments (e.g. Cardiff University, Norwich University, Surrey University etc.) and a Visiting Professor at various European universities. In 2020, he was an Expert Panel Evaluator for the Research Performance of Departments in the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University (a leading university in Scandinavia).
His multidisciplinary research work and impactful thought leadership has received considerable attention by media (BBC News, ITV News, BBC Radio 4 Today, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal etc.). He had been a member of the European Technology Platform (Food for Life, European Commission), a Member of an Expert Panel for the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation) working with leading retailers (Tesco, Carrefour, Metro). He has also acted as an Expert Contributor providing written evidence for an Inquiry for the “All-Party UK Parliamentary Group on Retail”. Michael is an Academic Committee Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He has worked with numerous mutlinational organisations and, during 2017 – 2019, he was an Expert Panel Member for TESCO on a “Future of Food Advisory Panel” – this Panel was chaired by TESCO’s CEO Dave Lewis. In 2018/19, he acted as an Expert for the UK Government / DEFRA in relation to the “Impact of Brexit on Food Supply Chains”. In 2020, he joined the REF2021 Panel for Business and Management Studies (UoA 17).