• Department Supply chain, purchasing & project management
  • Areas of research Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Adoption of Innovation, Lean Thinking, Food Industry
  • Teaching fields Supply Chain Management, Technological Innovations


A native of Greece, Prof. Illias Vlachos obtained a Doctorate in Management Science, specialising in Supply Chain Management, from Cranfield University (UK), and has over 20 years of experience in Higher Education, working at leading universities in the UK, as well as in Europe and China. In particular, he has worked as an Associate Professor at Leeds University Business School, Newcastle Business School (top 100 in UK), the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool.

Prof. Vlachos has held a number of senior research positions during his career: Director of Research Programmes in Management at Leeds University Business School, Head of Research and Corporate Relations at Northumbria University, International Conference Administrator and Research Manager of several EU-funded research programmes. He has also supervised several theses in Sustainable Supply Chain Management, and is the author of more than 100 articles and studies published in leading international journals including: Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, Production Planning & Control, Journal of Operations Management, Logistics and Transportation Review, Tourism Management.

Furthermore, he has had many years of experience working with major companies in the agri-food sector and other industries, such as Morrisons, SAP, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble. He regularly trains professionals on subjects such as Supply Chain Management and Strategy, Continuous Improvement (Lean Thinking), The Use of Technology, and ERP in Supply Chain Innovation.

Prof. Vlachos joined Excelia Business School in 2018, as a Professor, whilst continuing with all his other related activities. He is a member of the European Technology Platform ‘Food for Life’ (which recently won a multi-million euro research project to develop the future of the European agri-food sector), and of the scientific working group ‘Sustainable Food Processing and Packaging’, which works closely with the European Commission and key European partners in the agri-food sector to promote innovation and strategic models.