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Dr Stella (Styliani) Despoudi

Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

School of Strategy and Leadership
Coventry Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

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Dr. Stella Despoudi is Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Coventry Business School at Coventry University since June 2015 and newly appointed Associate Course Director for the MSc International Business Management. She also teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules such as Supply Chain and Operations Management, Purchasing and Procurement, and Quality Management and Business Excellence. She has been awarded pump-prime funding for a multi-stakeholder project in the area of Food Supply Chain Resilience.

Prior to this Stella has been working for the American Farm School in Greece in collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University and for Loughborough University’s School of Business & Economics. She holds a PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management from Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics.

She is Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of Production & Operations Management Society, and European Operations Management Association.


  • PhD in Operations Management & Supply Chain Management, School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University, UK, 2016
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, Coventry University, UK, 2016
  • MSc in Business Analysis & Management, School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University, UK, 2011
  • BSc in Finance & Investment, Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia, Greece, 2009

Research interests

Stella’s research expertise lies in the following research areas: food supply chain management, supply chain resilience, severe weather events and climatic changes, emergency logistics, food waste and food sustainability, resource efficiency. Currently she works on a multi-partner project about UK’s food supply chain resilience, climatic changes, and severe weather events.

Research projects

  • An Assessment of UK’s Food Supply Chain Resilience in Response to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events (in progress) 
  • Food Supply Chains responding to Extreme Weather Events (in progress)
  • Resource Efficiency and Supply Chain Resilience in the food manufacturing industry (in progress)
  • Adaptation of Export Products (funded by Academy of Marketing - in progress)
  • An Investigation of Customer Experience in Town Centres (funded by ESRC)
  • Penetration of intelligent forms of energy in participating regions (in collaboration with ‘Em power’ – Intelligent Energy Europe)
  • Social Media & Advertising (funded by Loughborough University)
  • Local Tourism Enterprises Capabilities, Training and the Impact on Firm Competitiveness (funded by 3rd and 4th Community Support Framework)
  • Development of innovative sales and export methods for the Centre of Greek Furs (funded by EUREKA)

Recent outputs and publications

  • Despoudi, S., Papaioannou, G., Dani, S., and Saridakis, G. (2016) ‘Collaboration, Environmental Turbulence, and Postharvest Food Loss: An Empirical Study of the Greek Agricultural Supply Chain’. 3rd International Conference on Green Supply Chain. Held 10-13 July 2016 in London, UK.
  • Colwill, J., Despoudi, S., and Bhamra, R. (2016) ‘A Review of Resilience within the UK Manufacturing Sector’. 14th International Conference on Manufacturing Research. Held 6-8 September 2016 in Loughborough, UK.
  • Despoudi, S., and Kalaitzi, D. (2016) ‘An exploration of the relationship between Resource Efficiency and Supply Chain Resilience Practices in the Food Manufacturing Industry’. 5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management. Held 6-10 September 2016 in Havana, Cuba.
  • Despoudi, S., Papaioannou, G., and Dani, S. (2015) ‘The Promise of Supply Chain Collaboration: A Myth or Reality? An empirical analysis of fruit producers’ perceptions’. In Pawar, K.S., Rogers, H., and Ferrari, E. (eds.) Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Logistics, ‘ISL 2015’. Held 5-8 July 2015 in Bologna, Italy.
  • Despoudi, S., Papaioannou, G., and Dani, S. (2014) ‘An Investigation of the Moderating Effect of the Environmental Turbulence Factors in the Collaboration Postharvest food loss relationship’. International Conference on Global Trends in the Agro-Food Sector. Held 11-13 September 2014 in  Kalamata, Greece.
  • Otles, S., Despoudi, S., Bucatariu, C., and Kartal, C. (2014) ‘Food Waste Production and Sustainability in the Food Industry’. in Food Waste Recovery: Processing Technologies and Techniques. Ed. by Galanakis, C. Elsevier, 3-23

Dr Stella Despoudi


  • 347SAM Purchasing & Procurement
  • M07SSL Quality Management & Business Excellence
  • 240SAM Supply Chain & Operations Management
  • M03SSL Global Operations
  • 351SAM Business Honours Project

Areas of expertise

  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Resilience
  • Disaster Management
  • Resource Scarcity & Efficiency
  • Supply Chain Decision Making
  • Supply Chain Modelling
  • Business Performance Measurement
  • Sustainable Supply Chains & Logistics Management
  • Waste Management in Food Supply Chains
  • Food Security & Food Sustainability
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