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Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola is a reader in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Aston University and the Deputy Director of the Aston Crisis Management Centre. He has published in the area of humanitarian logistics in a range of high-quality journals. For more information, please visit the ResearchGate Profile

Research Interests

His research is focused on Supply Chain Management, Operational Research, Humanitarian logistics and Project Management. His expertise includes de use of optimisation models, simulation and geographical information systems for the analysis of the supply chain and the development of tools to support logistics decisions


  • PhD, Aston University, 2015. Subject: Operations and Information Management. Thesis title: A multi-organisational approach for disaster preparedness and response: The use of optimisation and GIS for facility location, stock pre-positioning, resource allocation and relief distribution.
  • MSc, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, 2011. Subject: Transportation Engineering. Thesis title: Metodología para la ubicación de albergues, centros de distribución y determinación de la política de abastecimiento inicial en inundaciones en México
  • BSc, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, 2008. Subject: Mechanical Engineering.

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate modules

  • Principles of Operations Management (BN1157)
  • Simulation (BN3352)
  • Supply Chain Management (BN3357)

Postgraduate modules

  • Crisis Management and Decision-Making (BNM502)
  • Humanitarian Supply Chain Management (BNM893)
  • Global Risk and Resilience (BNM895)

PhD Supervision

  • Ms. Asma Jdaitawi - Analysis of the role of social media in promoting resilience in post-disaster recovery (Awarded)
  • Ms Saita Al Sadoon - The role of national culture in supply chain disruption through its impact on supplier relationships and supply chain disruption orientation (Corrections)
  • Ms. Ayesha Aldoghan - How supply chains can remain resilient in term of social sustainability? Evidence from Saudi SMEs (Second year)
  • Ms. Laxmi Thapa - Intelligent disaster management in smart cities (First Year)
  • Mr. Nazeer Qutub - Develop a cooperative model between public and charitable sectors in providing humanitarian relief services during large gatherings in a disaster (First year)

Oscar is interested in supervising projects related to disaster management, sustainable supply chains and use of operational research in supply chain management

Media Contributions

Beltagui, A., Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. and Chowdhury, S. (2020). Coronavirus: How AI, 3D printing and blockchain can help overcome supply problems in a crisis. The Conversation, UK.

Dey, P. and O. Rodríguez-Espíndola (2019) Mexico is being held to ransom by oil thieves and systemic corruption. The Conversation UK

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

Jan 2017Oct 2017

Award Date: 13 Dec 2017

PhD, A multi-organisational approach for disaster preparedness and response: The use of Optimisation and GIS for facility location, stock pre-positioning, resource allocation and relief distribution

1 Oct 201227 Sept 2015

Award Date: 24 Mar 2016

MSc, Methodology for the location of shelters, distribution centres and for relief distribution for flood management in Mexico, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

1 Sept 200931 Aug 2011

Award Date: 14 Nov 2011

BSc, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

1 Sept 200331 Aug 2008

Award Date: 6 Oct 2008

External positions

Programme External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Aug 202331 Jul 2027

New programme examiner, University of Essex

28 Jan 202228 Apr 2022

Module external examiner, University of Essex

12 Nov 2020 → …

Warehouse Supervisor, Genomma Lab

Oct 2011Jan 2012

Research assisstant, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

17 Aug 20091 Sept 2011


  • HD61 Risk Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Supply chain management
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • Logistics
  • Humanitarian
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Operational Research


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