Dr. Marta Bell

Lecturer in Operations and Project Management

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Greenbank Building, GR152

+44 (0) 1772 89 4715

mbell10@uclan.ac.uk

Marta Bell’s current research interests are within socially responsible practices within the supply chain, with a specific focus on emerging economies and global supply chain management, including offshoring and reshoring decision-making.

The author of more than 40 publications, Marta has worked collaboratively with companies in both the UK and in Italy as well as emerging country businesses, and has contributed to several British Academy and EU funded research projects.

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Having previously held successful academic positions at Lancaster and Liverpool Universities as well as the Politecnico di Milano for over fifteen years, Marta Bell’s current research interests are within socially responsible practices within the supply chain, with a specific focus on emerging economies and global supply chain management, including internationalisation processes and offshoring or reshoring decision-making and resilient supply chains.

Industrial engagement and business partnerships are central to Marta’s research and teaching. She has worked collaboratively with blue chip companies in both the UK and Italy, as well as emerging country businesses within the fashion industry. Marta has contributed towards research projects such as the British Academy funded “Implementing social sustainability practices in developing country suppliers: A multi-stakeholder perspective”.

The author of several published articles in journals and books, her journal publications have been published in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and the International Journal of Production Economics, amongst other high-ranking publications.

Marta has supervised five PhD research projects, 2010-Present, Lancaster University (four of which have been successfully completed within four years) and has assessed PhD theses as an internal examiner. Over the past decade, Marta has taught Operations and Supply Chain Management modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Executive MBA courses. Previously a successful Director of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Lancaster University, where student numbers tripled under her tenureship.

Marta is interested in supervising PhD students undertaking research in any area of supply chain sustainability, but particularly in the following areas: sustainable supply chain practices in China, Bangladesh and other emerging or developing economies, social sustainability performance and reshoring development.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano, 2008
  • M.Sc. and B.Sc., Industrial Engineering & Management, Politecnico di Milano, 2004

Publications

Sayed, M., Hendry, L., and Zorzini Bell, 2017, Institutional Complexity and Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 542-563 (Winner of the 2018 Emerald Literati Award as Outstanding Paper)

Tukamuhabwa Rawira, B., Busby, J., Stevenson, M., and Zorzini, M., 2015, Supply Chain Resilience: Definition, Review and Theoretical Foundations for Further Study, Int. Journal of Production Research, Vol. 53, No. 18, pp. 5592-5623.
Zorzini, M., Hendry, L., Huq, F., and Stevenson, M., 2015, Socially responsible sourcing: reviewing the literature and its use of theory, Int. Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 35, No. 1.

Huq, F., Stevenson, M., and Zorzini, M., 2014, Social sustainability in developing country suppliers: an exploratory study in the readymade garments industry of Bangladesh, Int. Journal of Operations and Production Management, Special Issue on Sustainable Operations Management, Vol. 34, No. 5, pp. 610-638.

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