Professor Ying Xie

Director of the Centre for Intelligent Supply Chain

Centre for Intelligent Supply Chain

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Accounting and Finance

Research Supervision:Yes

Professor Ying Xie received her PhD degree in Management Science from Coventry University. Currently she is the director of Centre for Intelligent Supply Chain. Prior to this she was the Head of School in Economics, Finance and Law at ARU.


Ying has successfully won and completed over 20 projects, totalling more than £1million including projects for EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU Horizon, Health Education England, ERDF and Industries. Ying has worked with the NHS to reduce pharmaceutical waste and develop green pharmaceutical supply chain. She is involved with Essex County Council, Iotics Lab, and Ocado Technology to develop digital twins enabled ecosystems for social care and healthcare. Ying is working with Felixstowe Port (UK) to improve the utilisation of rail transport of containers, to tackle the challenges of traffic congestion in roads and reduce impacts on environments. Representing ARU, Ying actively works with institutions from the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Universities Group to build the future of sustainable aviation in the UK.

Ying is also a board member in the Strategy Advisory Board for Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hub, Digital Catapult. The hub is designed to drive innovations for all potential users. The programme run by the hub has drawn £10million award from UK Research and Innovation and will draw another £10million investment from the private sector, to accelerate commercial integration of advanced and emerging digital technologies across manufacturing supply chain in the aerospace, defence, pharmaceutical, fabrication and logistics sectors over the next four years.

With a background in engineering and science, Ying successfully applies the scientific tools to resolve business problems, including business decision making, supply chain management, optimisation, as well as achieving sustainability. She successfully applies data science to multiple disciplines, including finance, healthcare, disaster management and many more, to make predictions and inform decision making.

Ying has developed a number of software packages in relation to decision support systems, forecasting tool, and simulation programs, which have been adopted by Cash’s Ltd. for customer order forecasting and supply chain management. Ying has also developed a big data driven prediction system to help the Port of Felixstowe to improve efficiency of the yard management. Ying is performing data analysis of population health profiles, assisting Health Education England to make workforce planning for the next 10-20 years.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Cantonese

Research interests

  • The application of operations research (management science) in supply chain
  • Big data analysis, social media data analysis, text mining
  • Supply chain modelling and simulation
  • Fuzzy sets theory
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Time series forecasting
  • Sustainability

Areas of research supervision

Ying has supervised many PhDs to successful completions, and she is currently supervising eight PhD students focusing on big data analytics in supply chain management, and supply chain sustainability. She has successfully secured external funds to sponsor two PhD scholarships. One project addresses yard management for the Port of Felixstowe using machine learning models, and the other project collaborates with Ocado Technology to develop digital twins of individuals.

Ying would be keen to supervise PhDs in the following areas:

  • Supply chain digitalisation and decarbonisation
  • Supply chain resilience, supply chain collaboration
  • Prediction analysis in the area of logistics planning, resource planning or deployment, or market demand
  • Application of operational research/management science in the areas of supply chain or financial market or healthcare/wellbeing
  • Multi-criteria decision making
  • Healthy ageing



  • Introduction to Business Processes
  • Business Forecasting and Simulation (Lab based)


  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Logistics Principles and International Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Modelling and Simulation (computer lab based)
  • Elements and Strategies for Supply Chain Management


  • PhD in Management Science, Coventry University, UK
  • MSc Intelligence Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK
  • BEng Electrical Engineering, Shenzhen University, P.R. China

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Editor, Heliyon Business and Economics Journal
  • Member of Strategic Advisory Board, Digital Supply Chain Innovation Hub, Digital Catapult
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Member of POMS (Production and Operations Management Society)
  • Member of EuroMA (European Operations Management Association)
  • Member of EURO (European Operational Research Societies)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Co-Investigator, Digitalisation for operational efficiency and GHG emission reduction at container ports (EP/W028492/1), EPSRC, Siemens and NVIDIA, US, £42,605 + A100 for PCIe 80GB GPU sponsored by NVIDIA, 2022.
  • Principal Investigator and Academic Lead: An innovative Supply Chain Sustainability toolkit and live dashboard to reduce environmental impacts (Ref No.10015719), Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Hexcel Composites Ltd. UK, £173,418, 2022-24. 
  • Principal Investigator: Population health profiles and workforce planning, Health Education England, £85,399, 2022. 
  • Co-Investigator: Multi-hazard and risk informed system for Enhanced local and regional Disaster risk management (MEDiate, 101074075), Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON), €441,550 to Anglia Ruskin University, 2022-25. 
  • Principal Investigator: Sustainable Transformation in Business Practice (Application ID: 877748439), British Council, Going Global Partnerships Grant, Dr B C Roy Engineering College, Durgapur, India, £30,000, 2022.
  • Co-Investigator, Standard driven high quality development mechanism, path and micro incentive policy research in logistics industry, National Social Science Fund, China, £25,000, 2021-24.
  • Principal Investigator and Academic Supervisor, Big Data driven Business Intelligence System (Ref No 1025918), Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Simarco International Ltd. UK, £238,000, 2019-20. 
  • Principal Investigator: ACCA short course for TaiHu University, P.R. China, £65,000 per year, from 2018 to present. 
  • Principal Investigator: Consultancy project for HuNan University of Finance and Economics, P.R. China (innovative teaching pedagogies and industrial engagement), State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, China, £18,000, 2019.
  • Principal Investigator, Digital education suite in Finance and Data Science, Chelgate, London, £124, 500 2017-19
  • Principal Investigator, Low Carbon KEEP project, funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cost Centre Services Ltd, £34,116.67, 2014-15. 
  • Principal Investigator, Consultancy project “A Sustainable Development of Real Estate in China”, Shanghai DingXun Industrial Group Ltd., P.R.China, 09/2011-08/2012, £60,000

Selected recent publications

  • Yang Y. and Xie Y. (2022), “An evolutionary game model for low-carbon technology adoption by rival manufacturers”, accepted for publication in International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (indexed in Scopus and Compendex). 
  • Xie Y., Zhao Y. Q. Chen Y.H. and Allen C. J. (2022), “Green construction supply chain management: integrating governmental intervention and public-private partnerships through ecological modernisation”, Journal of Cleaner Production (indexed in SCI) 331, 129986.   
  • Breen L., Hannibal C., Huatuco L.H., Dehe B. and Xie Y. (2020), “Service improvement in public sector operations – a European comparative analysis”, European Management Journal, 38(3), pp. 489-491. (ABS 2*)   (included in Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection, and US PubMed Central Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative, available at 
  • Zheng J., Shen Y., Xie Y., Li J., Lou L., Chen S., and Feng J. (2020), “Model construction of medical endoscope service evaluation system using Delphi method”, BMC Health Services Research, 20, 629 (2020), (indexed in SCI)
  • Xie Y. Zhao Y.Q. and Chen Y.Hu (2020), “Green supply chain in construction sector, government interventions, partnerships and green practices”, in Chan et a. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability: Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era, 93-106, Springer, ISBN 978-981-15-9604-9.
  • Breen L., Xie Y. and Papalexi M. (2020), “Managing the pharmaceutical supply chain – to sustainability and beyond”, in: Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar (Eds). Global Pharmaceutical Policy, 29-52, Springer, ISBN 9789811527234, ISBN 458783_1_En. 
  • Xie Y. and Breen L. (2018), “E-integrated healthcare supply chains: tracking and monitoring medical devices in the National Heath Service(NHS), UK”, in Bak O. (Ed). E-business and supply chain integration: strategies and case studies from industry. ISBN: 9780749478452. 
  • Xie Y. and Song D. P. (2018) “Optimal planning for container pre-staging and flow rates at seaport rail terminals with uncertainty”, Transportation Research: Part E, 119, pp. 88-109.  (ABS 3*)
  • Xie. Y, Breen L., Charrett T., Zheng D.C., and Allen C.J. (2016), “An exploratory study of reverse exchange systems used for medical devices in the UK National Health Service (NHS)”, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 21(2), pp.194 – 215. (ABS 3*)
  • Breen L. and Xie. Y(2015), “Waste not, want not. What are the drivers of sustainable medicines recycling in National Health Service (NHS) hospital pharmacies (UK)?”, International Journal of Procurement Management, 8(1/2), pp.82-103.
  • Xie. Y and Breen L.(2014), “Who cares wins? A comparative analysis of household waste medicines and batteries reverse logistics systems-the case of the NHS (UK)”, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 19 (4), pp.455-474. (ABS 3*)
  • Xie Y., Allen C.J. and Ali M. (2014), “An integrated decision support system for ERP implementation in SMEs”, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 27(4), pp.358-384. (ABS 2*)
  • Xie Y. and Allen C.J. (2012), “The implementation of information technologies in a retail supply chain: a comparison of Tesco and Asda”, International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, 5(1), 46-62.  
  • Xie Y. and Zhou L. (2012), “Measuring the bullwhip effect in a single echelon supply chain using fuzzy approach”, International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology, 3(5), 494-498, ISSN: 2010-0248, DOI: 10.7763/IJIMT.2012.V3.283.  
  • Ali M. and Xie Y. (2012), “The quest for successful implementation: a new dynamic model for ERP systems implementation innovation”, International Journal of Innovations in Business, 1(2), 113-133.  
  • Breen L. and Xie Y. (2012), “Pharmaceutical recycling in hospital pharmacy. An analysis of why and how it is done: a multi-case study approach”, The Pharmaceutical Journal, 288, 321. 
  • Xie Y. and Breen L. (2012), “Greening community pharmaceutical supply chain in UK: a cross boundary approach”, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, 17(1), 40-53.  (ABS 3*)

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