Aston ESM group welcomes new visiting scholar

Chiarra Sassi
Visiting scholar Chiarra Sassi

Ciarra Sassi recently joined Aston University as a visiting scholar from Politecnico di Milano, which was ranked 1st in Italy (2014) according to rankings for Engineering & Technology and 31st in the World; it is also in the top 10 European Universities in two research areas, Civil & Structural Engineering and Mechanical Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering.* Politecnico di Milano is a scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. Aston’s Engineering Systems and Management group has strong international links and have worked very closely with Politecnico di Milano in the past and have published papers and conducted research in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano.  Aston has also collaborated with other Italian organisations such as Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (The National Research Council) and University of Naples Federico II. PHD research students furthering their studies at Aston emphasises the importance to build on these existing links and relationships as research conducted by these students will further increase knowledge of supply chain management and logistics.


Ciarra's PHD requires a 6 month international assignment to compare research techniques with fellow PHD students to ensure their research is of a high quality standard as well as an international standard. Ciarra is researching third party logistics (TPL); Aston University’s Professor Ed Sweeney also conducted research on similar topics and chaired at Logistic Research Network (LRN) conferences. Ciarra decided to continue her studies at Aston University due to our excellent academic staff after attending LRN conferences and meeting Professor Ed Sweeney, she discovered which university he was employed by and made the decision to study at Aston.

Third-Party Logistics (TPL) providers can create value for their customers, in terms of single business strategies and strategic approaches of value creation. This understanding has relevant potentialities to support strategic decision-making, from both a TPL providers and customers’ perspective. Examples of TPL logistic providers are FedEx Supply Chain Services, which provides companies with logistics, fulfilment and transportation services and DB Schenker, which offers the entire breadth of supply chain services to large companies. Outsourcing logistics can save cost, time and efforts; these TPL providers already have established transport links and logistics services.

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Ciarras publications

G. Marchet, M. Melacini, S. Perotti, C. Sassi (2014), “Key factors in logistics outsourcing decisions: an empirical study”, Proceedings of the Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference, 3rd-5th September, Huddersfield, UK, pp. 1-8.

Research Activity 

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Third-Party Logistics

  • Logistics