Aristides Matopoulos

Reader (Associate Professor) in Supply Chain Design & Logistics Systems

Phone:  +44 (0) 121 2043595
Room: MB222A 




Aristides joined Aston University as a Lecturer in August 2011 and is currently a Reader in Supply Chain Design & Logistics Systems, member of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute and a Visiting Professor at the  University of Lille 2, in France. 

His research focuses on how to assess the present—   and especially the future— logistics and supply chain capabilities; how to design the supply chain based on strategic and logistical assessments. He is particularly                                                                       interested in the concepts of “Design for Supply Chain/Logistics” and “Three Dimensional Concurrent Engineering” (3DCE).

He has been involved in several research (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020, ERDF) and consulting projects as a freelance consultant particularly in manufacturing, food, healthcare and humanitarian sectors. He is also a regular invited speaker at international business conferences.

At Aston University he led the development of the Supply Chain Readiness Level Tool to assess the maturity and the capabilities of manufacturing supply chains. His research has appeared in the major Supply Chain Management/Logistics outlets. He has been involved in several research and consulting projects as a freelance consultant and as an external evaluator where he has reviewed proposals for the French National Research Agency (ANR) and for the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chairs (Government of Canada). 

In the DISCUS project (funded by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Innovate UK) he looked into Drivetrain Integration, Supply Chain Upscaling and Streamlining in the Electric vehicle sector. In the NextNext (EU funded) project he is exploring the identification of trends and scenarios for future supply chains. He recently received funding (£1m.) from the European Regional Development Fund to help companies in the food and other manufacturing sectors to assess and rebuild the capabilities of their supply chains, delivering the maximum UK content, and to grow.

Aristides’ industrial research collaborators include Jaguar Land Rover, Williams (F1) Advance Engineering, Saietta Group, MCT Reman, Microcab, Goodfloo, Marks & Spencer, AB Vassilopoulos, and many small and medium size companies. 

  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, 2013.
  • Post-doc in Innovation in the Food Chain, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2011.
  • PhD in Supply Chain Management & E-business, Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Greece, 2006
  • MSc in Food Industry Management & Marketing, Imperial College, University of London, 2002
  • BSc in Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2000
  • 2018-date: Reader, Aston University
  • 2015-2018: Senior Lecturer, Aston University
  • 2011-2015: Lecturer, Aston University
  • 2007-2011: Adjunct  Lecturer,  Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia and City College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield
  • 2006-2009: Researcher in the FP6 European Project “e-Trust”, University of Macedonia.
  • 2004-2007: Scientific Associate and Trainer, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.
  • Logistics and Transportation (MSc)
  • Supply Management (MSc)
  • Introduction to Logistics (BSc)
  • Contemporary Issues in Supply Chains (BSc)
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Systems Design 
  • Supply Chain Readiness Levels and Capability Assessment
  • Resource Efficient, Biomass Supply Chains & Life Cycle Assessment 
  • Supplier-Buyer Relationships

Main sectors of interest: Manufacturing, Retail, Food, Humanitarian

  • Member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
  • Member of the European Association of Operations Management
Journal articles 
Book chapters 
Conference papers