Portrait of Dr Sahar Validi Dr Sahar Validi

s.validi@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472593


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing
Qualifications: PD, PhD, MIM, BBM - FHEA

Dr Sahar Validi joined University of Huddersfield Business School in December 2014. She is a Senior Lecturer of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Department of Logistics, Operations and Hospitality Management.

Prior to joining University of Huddersfield, Sahar worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Kühne Logistics University (Hamburg, Germany). She worked on ‘‘Unilever’s 2020 Carbon Reduction Target for Logistics: An Analysis of the Company’s Options’’; a global-scale research project jointly funded by ‘Unilever’ and ‘Kühne+Nagel’.

She completed her PhD on 'Low-Carbon Multi-Objective Location-Routing in Supply Chain Network Design’ in Dublin City University Business School (Dublin, Ireland), she was granted DCUBS full PhD scholarship to complete her research. Sahar holds a Master of Industrial Management (Operational Research focused) and a Bachelor of Business Management from Azad University in Iran.

Sahar started her professional career as a researcher working on national and regional research projects in Iran with ‘Management and Planning Organization of Iran’ and ‘Industrial Management Institute’. She has an extensive experience conducting research and working with industry in Iran, Ireland and Germany. She has been a lecturer for over 9 years in Azad University of Sanandaj (Iran) working with Department of Business and Industrial Management, she has held few managerial positions during this time. She has also worked as a part time lecturer with Dublin City University (Business School and School of Computing) while conducting her PhD research project.

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests:

Sahar’s research interests lie mainly in:

  • Operational Research, Optimisation and Analysis
  • Combinatorial Optimisation
  • Multi-Criteria Decision-Analysis
  • Sustainability 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Intelligent Decision Support Systems 

and their application in:

  • Supply Chain Network Design
  • Environmental Impacts of Supply Chain Networks
  • Green Logistics
  • Humanitarian Supply Chains 
  • Supply Chain Risk Management



Funding received for a fully funded PhD position in: Integrating Sustainability into Logistics Networks
Granted by: University of Huddersfield Business School, available from September 2016 for a period of 36 months

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Validi, S (2016) ‘Intelligent Decision Support Systems in Supply Chain Management’. In: 28th European Conference on Operational Research, 3-6 July 2016, Poznan, Poland


Validi, S. and Besiou, M. (2015) ‘Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis in Humanitarian Supply Chains’. In: 27th European Conference on Operational Research, 12th - 15th July 2015, Glasgow, UK

Validi, S., Bhattacharya, A. and Byrne, P. (2015) ‘A solution method for a two-layer sustainable supply chain distribution modelComputers & Operations Research , 54, pp. 204-217. ISSN 0305-0548


McKinnon, A., Piecyk, M. and Validi, S. (2014) ‘The Role of External Factors in the Decarbonisation of Companies’ Freight Transport Operations: German and UK Perspectives’. In: 19th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, 3rd - 5th September 2014, Huddersfield, UK

Validi, S., Bhattacharya, A. and Byrne, P. (2014) ‘A case analysis of a sustainable food supply chain distribution system—A multi-objective approachInternational Journal of Production Economics , 152, pp. 71-87. ISSN 0925-5273

Validi, S., Bhattacharya, A. and Byrne, P. (2014) ‘Integrated low-carbon distribution system for the demand side of a product distribution supply chain: a DoE-guided MOPSO optimiser-based solution approachInternational Journal of Production Research , 52 (10), pp. 3074-3096. ISSN 0020-7543


Validi, S., Bhattacharya, A. and Byrne, P. (2012) ‘Greening the Irish Food Market Supply Chain through Minimal Carbon Emission: An Integrated Multi-Objective Location-Routing Approach’. In: International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2012), 11th - 13th September 2012, Aston University, UK


Validi, S. and Byrne, P. (2010) ‘A Review of Different Mathematical Techniques Used for Analysis and Designing Green Supply Chain Networks’. In: International Conference on Value Chain Sustainability (ICOVACS 2010), 15th - 17th November 2010, Valencia, Spain


I would gladly supervise interdisciplinary research in:

  • ‘Operational Research, Optimisation and Analysis’, ‘Multi-Criteria Decision-Analysis’ and their applications in ‘Supply Chain Management and Logistics’, preferably with a focus on:
    • Designing Sustainable Supply Chain Networks, Sustainable Logistics Networks and Sustainable Transportations Systems
  • Intelligent Decision Support Systems and Supply Chains
  • Artificial Intelligence and Logistics Networks
  • Humanitarian Supply Chains and Logistics Networks