Special Session on: OR for healthcare Logistics & Supply Chain

Proposed by
Hamid Allaoui (FR), Roberto Aringhieri (IT), Mustapha Ouhimmou (CA), Evren Sahin (FR)

keywords: Operations Research, Healthcare, Logistics, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Planning, Design

Short Presentation

In an age of increasing regulatory legislation and civil society pressures for patient and medical staff (nurses, doctors, physicians) expectations, sustainability through Healthcare Logistics and Supply chains (HLS) becomes an objective to achieve. Other issues could be taken into consideration as energy consumption and waste management when dealing with HLS. The fundamental goal of the proposed session is to investigate Operations Research (OR) tools and methods to model and solve HLS problems and highlight some of them when dealing with sustainability. Healthcare could be provided either at patients' home or within the hospital. This session will help to explore recent research for choosing the right optimization method (or a combination of methods) for a particular problem and circumstance taking into account the complexity of decisional process in sustainable HLS. In this context, this session welcomes original theoretical approaches and new applications of OR to HLS. Papers related to the following topics are appropriate for the session:

  • Location issues in HLS
  • Routing & scheduling in HLS
  • Exact methods, meta-heuristics and mat-heuristics for HLS,
  • Simulation for HLS
  • Multi-objective optimization for HLS
  • Location issues in HLS
  • Uncertainty and stochastic programming in HLS
  • Other related aspects are also welcome


  • hamid.allaoui@univ-artois.fr
  • roberto.aringhieri@unito.it
  • mustapha.ouhimmou@etsmtl.ca
  • evren.sahin@centralesupelec.fr

Special Session on: Low-carbon supply chain/network design

Proposed by
Kurt Yang Liu (UK), Jialun Hu (UK), Vikas Kumar (UK)

keywords: Low-carbon, supply network design, supply chain design, carbon footprint tracking

Short Presentation

According to the 2013 IPCC report, Green House Gas (GHG) emissions due to human activity have been proved to increasingly cause significant climate change, which will predictably have severe consequences for the current and future human generations. As a result, low-carbon economy has become a strategic focus for countries, business and individuals. Companies, as important constituents of society, play a vital role to reduce carbon emissions. For companies controlling the carbon emissions is not only in pure transportation or production systems, but also at a supply chain/network level, which is more complex and challenging. It necessitates the re-design of the supply chain/network in order to achieve a truly coordinated low-carbon supply chain system. As a result, many related research questions have been proposed in relation to how to promote and achieve successful low-carbon supply chain management. This special session aims at collecting recent novel studies on new and significant research developments on low-carbon supply chain management topics, especially in the area of supply chain/network design, configuration, relationship and governance management, as well as performance evaluation, technology innovation, etc. Research methods including optimization models, empirical studies, case studies, simulations are all welcomed. Also the analysis may be either at operational or strategic (or a mixture) levels. Papers related to the following topics are appropriate for this special session:

  • Innovations in low-carbon supply chain/network design
  • Low-carbon supply chain/network relationship and governance structures
  • Coordination and collaboration mechanism for a low-carbon supply chain/network design
  • Smart technology/ IT innovation implications for a low-carbon supply chain/network
  • Carbon tracking and measurement along the supply chain/network
  • Performance evaluation for a low-carbon supply chain
  • Low-carbon supply chain/network design simulation and optimisation
  • Low-carbon design of production networks
  • Green and lean production and supply chains Design
  • Impact of legislations and governmental policies (carbon taxes, carbon offset, clean development, cap and trade, carbon caps, and joint implementation) on supply chain design and operations
  • Planning, design, coordination, and collaboration for low-carbon supply chains
  • Design of carbon-efficient logistics networks
  • Low-carbon issues in third-party logistics
  • Other related aspects are also welcome


  • Kurt.liu@cantab.net
  • Jialun.hu@coventry.ac.uk
  • Vikas.Kumar@uwe.ac.uk

Special Session on: Circular Supply Chains

Proposed by
Manoj Dora (UK), Vikas Kumar (UK), Arvind Upadhyay (UK)

Short Presentation

The Circular Economy Package promoted by the EC includes a revised legislative proposal on waste, consisting of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. Adding to this very promising revision of waste legislation in EU, and considering its high potential at a global scale, it is a very good moment to work on the development of research and innovation actions that provide both the strategy and the necessary tools to the industry in order for them to be able to shift to circular supply chain effectively. The aim is to achieve a sustainable transition from linear to circular supply chain. In the current system, the manufacturing of goods is for a single use and dispose and then comes the collection and recycling. The fundamental question that needs to be addressed is: ‘What other models are there for delivering the products that consumer want that change this relationship and still ensure product delivery to consumers?’ In this context, we encourage researchers to submit manuscripts that better position supply chain operations into the circular economy context, this way providing a more comprehensive and up-to-date contribution to the wider debate on how supply chains meet the challenges of sustainability. We invite papers which address the following topics but not limited to these topics:

  • Strategic alliance in a circular supply chain
  • Green supply chain management based on circular economy
  • Supply Chain Cooperation and Circular Economy Practice
  • Circular supply chains and role of value chain actors
  • Drivers, Challenges and Barriers of circular supply chain
  • Emerging circular supply chain concepts and models
  • Design and Management of Circular supply chain
  • Empirical studies on circular supply chain
  • Case studies of circular supply chain implementation
  • Other related aspects are also welcome


  • Manoj.Dora@brunel.ac.uk
  • Vikas.Kumar@uwe.ac.uk
  • A.Upadhyay@brighton.ac.uk