EWG SSC, EURO working group on Sustainable Supply Chains

NameEWG SSC, EURO working group on Sustainable Supply Chains


•2016 EURO PhD School (EPS) on "Sustainable Supply Chains", 26th of June - 2nd of July 2016, Koblenz/Aachen, Germany

•1st Conference of the EWG on "Sustainable Supply Chains", 1st-2nd of July 2016, Aachen, Germany

•Streams at EURO conference in Poznan

Online newsletter
News of the group can be found here:

• Ana Barbosa-Povoa Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon; Portugal
• Jacqueline Bloemhof, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
• Ruth Carrasco-Gallego, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
• Maria Isabel Gomes Salema, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
• Erwin van der Laan, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands.
• Joao Quariguasi Frota-Neto, Manchester University, UK
• Thomas Spengler, TU Braunschweig, Germany
• Luk van Wassenhove, INSEAD, France
• Charles Corbett, UCLA, USA
• Grit Walther, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Coordinator Jacqueline Bloemhof
Wageningen University
Operations Research and Logistics
Hollandseweg 1
6700 EW Wageningen
Coordinator Erwin van der Laan
RSM Erasmus University
P.O.Box 1738
3000DR Rotterdam
Phone: +31-10-4082763
Coordinator Grit Walther
RWTH Aachen University
School of Business and Economics, Chair of Operations Management
Kackertstraße 7
52072 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 8023830
Purpose and history
Sustainable Supply Chain Management is quite a new topic in the field of production, logistics and supply chain management. Although the “closed loop” approach to production processes was developed in the 1980s (Cradle to Cradle, Resource to Waste), the field of supply chain management has not taken up this theme until recently. Also, environmental and social impacts along the supply chain and over the life cycle of products are often still neglected. However, there is increasing pressure from society and politics to implement general concepts like “circular economy” and “sustainable development” in practice.

When integrating sustainability in supply chain models, multiple objectives are necessary in order to account for the trade-offs between economic, environmental and social objectives . Also, the complexity of supply chain models increases significantly. It is no longer possible to develop narrow first-best-solution disciplinary models, but inter- and multidisciplinary research is needed (engineering, natural science, business administration, OR…) combining supply chain models with concepts of life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, product design, (bio)chemical processes, etc.

Against this background, the aim is to join forces in a European Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains to share insides, datasets, trends and hotspots.
The EWG on Sustainable Supply Chains shall provide a reference point for all researchers in the field of Operations Management and Operations Research with an interest in closing loops and to make supply chains more sustainable. The group meetings will encourage the exchange of information among practitioners, users and researchers in this area.

To become a member of the EURO Working Group on Sustainable SC, simply register at
including complete name, affiliation, website, email and further valuable information.

Past activities•We organized 3 Streams with several sessions at EURO 2015 in Glasgow. Thanks to the session organizers, presenters and audience!

•Ana Povoa and her colleagues organized the 2015 Summer School on "Sustainable Supply Chains" at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal. 15 PhDs were offered a very intersting program with lectures from resarch and practice.

•1st PhD Award Winner announced:
Sónia Raquel de Sousa Neves Cardoso
for her thesis on
“Design and Planning of Closed-Loop Supply Chains dealing
with Uncertainty, Financial Risk and Resilience”. Congratulation!

•Kick-Off Meeting at IFORS Barcelona, July 14,2014
The results of this meeting can be downloaded here:

•Sessions at IFORS Barcelona, 2014:
We organized sessions on "Reverse Logistics" and on "Food Supply Chains"

Future activities• We invite all intested PhDs to join our EURO PhD School (EPS) on "Sustainable Supply Chains". The EPS will take place in Koblenz/Aachen from 26th of June - 2rd of July 2016. Methodological lectures and tutoria will be provided as well as industrial cases. Information will be sent out soon, application will open in January 2016.

•We will organize the 1st Conference of the EWG on "Sustainable Supply Chains", 1st-2nd of July (with a Kick-off-Meeting 30th of June). More information wit be sent out soon.

•We plan to organize 2 invited Streams at EURO Conference in Poznan, July 3-6, 2016

Last modification2017-01-06

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