Professor Edward Sweeney

Professor of Logistics, Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute. 

Phone number: 0121 204 3050
Room number: MB222M


Edward Sweeney is Professor of Logistics, and Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute at Aston University. In this capacity he leads a multidisciplinary group of academics with interests in logistics, transport, supply chain and engineering management. His research interests are in supply chain design and integration, with a particular emphasis on the divergence between theory and practice.

Edward was previously Director at the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), based at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). At NITL, he was responsible for the award winning SCM development programmes. He also carried out research into various SCM themes, as well as advising NITL partner companies and organisations. Edward has held full-time academic posts at the University of Warwick (UK) and the University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM), as well as visiting positions in several universities and institutes. He has worked and lectured in over 50 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL). He is an experienced researcher with over 200 publications including books and book chapters, papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals, practitioner journal articles and conference papers. Edward has also worked with many of the world's leading companies in his role as an educator and facilitator. 

In his spare time Edward regularly attends a variety of sporting and cultural venues. He maintains close links with his home town of Wexford in Ireland and is a Friend of Wexford Festival Opera and a member of the Wexford Historical Society. He is also a Friend of Good Works Opera and a member of the Delius Society. He actively engages in the intellectual and cultural life of Birmingham, including through his Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and membership of the Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI).

Professor Edward Sweeney
  • BA, BAI (First Class Honours) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College, University of Dublin, 1986.
  • MPhil in Manufacturing Economics, University of Warwick, 1996.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research, University of Hull, 2010.
  • PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Hull, 2013. 
  • 2014 – date: Professor of Logistics, Aston University, UK (Head of Engineering Systems & Management (ESM) Group, 2014 – 2017; Director of Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, 2016 – date). 
  • 2007 – 2014: Director, National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland.
  • 1998 – 2007: Director of Learning, National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland.
  • 1995 – 1998: Professor and Warwick Programme Advisor, Business and Advanced Technology Centre (BATC), University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 1988 – 1998: Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick, UK.

Foundation Year
SE0SLF Systems and Logistics Foundations

Foundation Degree in Logistics
LT2F02 Supply Chain Management

Full-time Undergraduate
LT2319 International Logistics and Purchasing

EM4034 Research Methods
EM4038 Supply Chain Management

I contribute to several other full-time and work-based modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • Supply chain design and integration (with a particular emphasis on the divergence between theory and practice)
  • Environmentally sustainable third party logistics
  • urban logistics, particularly in the context of smart and sustainable cities
  • Logistics and supply chain information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Supply chain learning and the learning supply chain.

This work is carried out within the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute. Further details of research interests and activities are available at Aston Research Explorer.

I supervise PhD and other postgraduate students in the areas mentioned above.
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) 
Selected recent publications:


  • “Decision support system for vendor managed inventory supply chain: a case study” (with Borade, A.B.) International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 16, 2015, p. 4789-4818, 2015. 
  • “The implementation of supply chain management theory in practice: an empirical investigation” (with Grant, D.B. and Mangan, J.D.) Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 56-70, 2015.
  • “Information and communication technology adoption in the Italian road freight haulage industry” (with Evangelista, P.) International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 261-282, 2014.
  • “Technology Adoption in Small and Medium-Sized Logistics Providers” (with Evangelista, P. and McKinnon, A.) Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 113, No. 7, pp. 967-989, 2013.
  • "Purchasing Green Transport and Logistics Services: Implications for Small Business" (with Evangelista, P., Huge-Brodin, M. and Isaksson, K.) in Small Business, No. 2, pp. 43-62, 2012. 
  • “A Survey Based Analysis of IT Adoption and 3PLs’ Performance” (with Evangelista, P., Mogre, R., Perego, A. and Raspagliesi, A.) Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 172-186, 2012. 


See Aston Research Explorer for publication details.