Operations & Information Management  Department

Oscar Rodriguez-Espindola

  Position: Lecturer                                                                                                                    Phone:+44(0)121 204 3558                                                                                                          Emailo.rodriguez-espindola@aston.ac.uk                                                                                              Room: ABS265

Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola is a lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Aston University and a member of the Aston CRISIS centre. He received his PhD in Operations and Information Management from Aston University. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Transportation Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.

His research is focused on Supply Chain Management, Operational Research, Humanitarian logistics and Project Management. His expertise includes de use of optimisation models, simulation and geographical information systems for the analysis of the supply chain and the development of tools to support logistics activities.

  • PhD, Aston University, 2015. Subject: Operations and Information Management.
  • Thesis title: A multi-organisational approach for disaster preparedness and response: The use of optimisation and GIS for facility location, stock pre-positioning, resource allocation and relief distribution.
  • MSc, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, 2011. Subject: Transportation Engineering.
  • Thesis title: Metodología para la ubicación de albergues, centros de distribución y determinación de la política de abastecimiento inicial en inundaciones en México
  • BSc, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, 2008. Subject: Mechanical Engineering.
  • Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Aston University (April 2016 – to date)
  • Graduate teaching assistant at Aston University (October 2012 – September 2015)
  • Warehouse supervisor at Genomma Lab (October 2011 – January 2012)
  • Research assistant in the project SEMARNAT-CONACyT 23478; UAEMEX 2753/20090: “Economical assessment of socioeconomic and demographic vulnerability in floods in Mexico.” (September 2009-August 2011)
  • BN1135 – Principles of Operations Management
  • BN3385 – Effective Project Delivery
  • BN3350 – Principles of Project Management
  • BN3324 - Simulation
  • BN3372 – Supply Chain Management
  • Optimisation
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Sustainability 
  • Simulation
  • 2017: Higher Education Links, British Council. “Promoting Employability through Entrepreneurship in the Bajio Region: Sharing lessons across countries”
  • Funding for £10,000 2017: Newton Institutional Links, British Academy. “Paradigm shift in faecal sludge management in Kenya for environmental management and food Security” Funding for £82,195.
  • National Researcher System (SNI) from Conacyt (2018 to date)
  • OR Society (2012 to date)
  • The Higher Education Academy (2014 to date)
  • Aston CRISIS Centre (2012 to date)
  • EUROMA (2016-to date)
  • POMS (2015)
  • ISCRAM (2014-2015)

Refereed journal articles

  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O;Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2017). “Disaster preparedness in humanitarian logistics: A collaborative approach for resource management in floods”. European Journal of Operational Research, DOI 10.1016/j.ejor.2017.01.021
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2016) "GIS and Optimisation: Potential Benefits for Emergency Facility Location in Humanitarian Logistics". Geosciences, Vol. 6, No. 18, pp. 1-34.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. and Gaytán, J. (2015) Scenario-based preparedness plan for floods. Natural Hazards, Vol. 76, No. 2, pp. 1241-1262.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O; Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2018).  “Disaster preparedness in humanitarian logistics: A collaborative approach for resource management in floods”. European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 264, No.3, pp. 978-993.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O; Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2018).  “Decision-making and operations in disasters: challenges and opportunities”. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, In press. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2017-0151
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O; Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2018).  “Dynamic formulation for humanitarian response operations incorporating multiple organisations”. International Journal of Production Economics. Accepted for publication.

 

Conference Proceedings

  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. and Beltagui, A. (2018). "Can 3D Printing address operations challenges in Disaster Management?". In proceedings of the 25th Euroma Conference. Budapest, Hungary, 24th - 26th June.
  • Jdaitawi, A., Uren, V. S. & Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. (2018).  “The role of social media in promoting resilience in post-disaster recovery context: The Syrian crisis”. In proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Management of Technology: Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation, Birmingham, UK, 22nd-26th April.
  • Jdaitawi, A., Uren, V. S. & Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. (2018).  “The Use of Social Media by NGOs to Promote Social Resilience: The Case of Syrian Crisis”. In proceedings of the Third international conference for Refugees in the Middle East : International Community: Opportunities and Challenges, Amman, Jordan, 14th-15th March.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O; Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2017).  “Stock pre-positioning for disasters in Mexico: A case”. In proceedings of the 24th Euroma Conference. Edinburg, UK, 1st – 5th July.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O;Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2016). “Disaster management in developing countries: The case of Villahermosa, Mexico”. In proceedings of the5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management. Havana,Cuba,6th - 10th September.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O;Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2016). “Resource Management for Flood Response in Mexico”. In proceedings of the12th International Conference on Applied Mathematical Programming and Modelling. Brno,Czech Republic,8th - 10th June.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2015) "A multi-agency perspective on disaster preparedness". In proceedings of the12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Kristiansand,Norway,24th - 27th May.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O;Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2015). “Disaster preparedness and response from a multi-organisational perspective”. Handbook of Keynotes and Extended Abstracts of the YoungOr 19 Conference, Birmingham, UK, September 22nd - 24th.
  • Díaz C., Sánchez Ó., Gaytán J., Baró J., Astudillo O., Castañeda R. and Rodríguez Ó. (2014). Cinco elementos indispensables a considerar para la mitigación de inundaciones en México. In proceedings of the XXIII Congreso Nacional de Hidráulica. Puerto Vallarta, México. October 14-17th.
  • Roy P., Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2013) New OR perspectives for disaster management in developing countries. Handbook of Keynotes and Extended Abstracts of the YoungOR18 Conference, Exeter, UK. April 9th – 13th.
  • Albores P., Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Roy P. (2013) Operational Research: Key for Successful Disaster Management. Handbook of Keynotes and Extended Abstracts of the YoungOr 18 Conference, Exeter, UK. April 9th – 13th.

Book Chapters

  • Gaytán, J.; and Rodríguez, O. (2012) Metodología para la ubicación de albergues, centros de distribución y determinación de la política de abastecimiento inicial en inundaciones en México. In: Gonzáles, E; Díaz, C.; Guerra, V.; Gutiérrez, M. And Ramos, N. (eds) La importancia de las Inundaciones en la Gestión Integrada de los Recursos Hídricos en México. Querétaro, México: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. pp. 131-154.
  • Sánchez-Flores, O.; Díaz Delgado, C.; Gaytán-Iniestra, J.; Astudillo-Esquivel, O.; Castañeda Caballero, R.; Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. (2012) Diagnóstico del impacto social generado por inundaciones en México: Tres casos de estudio. In: Gonzáles, E; Díaz, C.; Guerra, V.; Gutiérrez, M. And Ramos, N. (eds) La importancia de las Inundaciones en la Gestión Integrada de los Recursos Hídricos en México. Querétaro, México: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. pp. 91-130.

Conference presentations

  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O;Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2015). “A YoungOR guide to… Optimisation”. Young Operational Research Conference 19, Birmingham, UK, September 22nd-24th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola, O;Albores, P. and Brewster, C. (2015). “Resource allocation for disaster response: a multi-agency approach”. 27thEuropean Conference on Operational Research. Glasgow, UK, 12th-15th July
  • Albores P., Brewster C. and Rodríguez O. (2014). Tackling flood preparedness and response: Combining GIS and Optimisation. OR56 Annual Conference. London, UK. October 9-11th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2014) A multi-criteria collaborative model for flood preparedness. 20th Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies. Barcelona, Spain. July14-18th.
  • Gaytán, J.; Rodríguez, O. and Astudillo, O. (2011) Ubicación de centros de distribución, albergues y análisis de rutas de evacuación, Ciclo de Conferencias Magistrales sobre inundaciones en México: Diagnóstico, valoración, medidas y estrategias de atención y mitigación, Querétaro, Mexico, October19-20th
  • Rodríguez, O. (2011). Ubicación de albergues y centros de distribución, Ciclo de Conferencias Magistrales sobre inundaciones en México: Diagnóstico, valoración, medidas y estrategias de atención y mitigación, Toluca, México, June 27 th .
  • June 4-5th, 2014. 2014 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics, Mexico D.F.
  • January 31st, 2013. West Midlands Police Research Fayre, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
  • December 5th, 2012. Aston Business School Research Day, Aston University, United Kingdom.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2015) Preparedness in humanitarian logistics: A multi-agency approach. Invited presentation in the Midlands Operational Research Society seminar series, Birmingham, UK. May 19th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2014) Decision support system for flood preparedness and response. MIDLANDS REGIONAL DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM 2014, Nottingham University, UK. April11th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2014) Facility location, stock pre-positioning and relief distribution in Mexico. PhD Research Showcase of the Midlands Operational Research Society, Warwick University, UK. January 28th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2013) Sistema de soporte para la toma de decisiones en inundaciones en México. III Symposium CONACyT Fellows in Europe, Strasbourg, France. November 6-8th.

Poster presentations

  • June 4-5th, 2014. 2014 Conference on Health and Humanitarian Logistics, Mexico D.F.

  • January 31st, 2013. West Midlands Police Research Fayre, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

  • December 5th, 2012. Aston Business School Research Day, Aston University, United Kingdom.

Other presentations

  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2015) Preparedness in humanitarian logistics: A multi-agency approach. Invited presentation in the Midlands Operational Research Society seminar series, Birmingham, UK. May 19th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2014) Decision support system for flood preparedness and response. MIDLANDS REGIONAL DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM 2014, Nottingham University, UK. April11th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2014) Facility location, stock pre-positioning and relief distribution in Mexico. PhD Research Showcase of the Midlands Operational Research Society, Warwick University, UK. January 28th.
  • Rodríguez-Espíndola O., Albores P. and Brewster C. (2013) Sistema de soporte para la toma de decisiones en inundaciones en México. III Symposium CONACyT Fellows in Europe, Strasbourg, France. November 6-8th.
  • Keynote Editor for the YoungOR 19 Conference in Birmingham, UK. September 22th-24th, 2015.
  • Co-organizer of the Optimisation stream at the YoungOR 19 Conference in Birmingham, UK. September 22nd-24th, 2015.
  • Reviewer for the journals Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, EURO Journal on Computational Optimization, Computers & Industrial Engineering and International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Secretary of the Midlands Operational Research Society. October 2014 to date, UK.
  • Reviewer for the “Convocatoria Humanística, Científica y de Desarrollo Tecnológico de Proyectos de Investigación UAEM 2013”. April 2013.
  • Co-organizer of the Disaster Management stream at the YoungOR 18 Conference in Exeter, UK. April 9th-13th, 2013.
  • Seminar organiser of the Operations and Information Management research group. October 2012 – December 2014, Aston University
  • Manager of the webpage of the Aston Crisis Centre (www.astoncrisis.com/). October 2012 to date, Aston University