Sahar Validi


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  • 305 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Dr Sahar Validi joined University of Huddersfield Business School in December 2014. She is a Senior Lecturer of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Department of Logistics, Operations and Hospitality Management.

Prior to joining University of Huddersfield, Sahar worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with Kühne Logistics University (Hamburg, Germany). She worked on ‘‘Unilever’s 2020 Carbon Reduction Target for Logistics: An Analysis of the Company’s Options’’; a global-scale research project jointly funded by ‘Unilever’ and ‘Kühne+Nagel’.

She completed her PhD on 'Low-Carbon Multi-Objective Location-Routing in Supply Chain Network Design’ in Dublin City University Business School (Dublin, Ireland), she was granted DCUBS full PhD scholarship to complete her research. Sahar holds a Master of Industrial Management (Operational Research focused) and a Bachelor of Business Management from Azad University in Iran.

Sahar started her professional career as a researcher working on national and regional research projects in Iran with ‘Management and Planning Organization of Iran’ and ‘Industrial Management Institute’. She has an extensive experience conducting research and working with industry in Iran, Ireland and Germany. She has been a lecturer for over 9 years in Azad University of Sanandaj (Iran) working with Department of Business and Industrial Management, she has held few managerial positions during this time. She has also worked as a part time lecturer with Dublin City University (Business School and School of Computing) while conducting her PhD research project.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Operational Research, Optimisation and Analysis
  • Combinatorial Optimisation
  • Multi-Criteria Decision-Analysis
  • Sustainability 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Intelligent Decision Support Systems 

and their application in:

  • Supply Chain Network Design
  • Logistics Network Design
  • Environmental Impacts of Supply Chain Networks
  • Green Logistics
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Humanitarian Supply Chains


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Research Output

  • 305 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 6 Article
  • 1 Chapter

An evaluation of three DoE-guided meta-heuristic-based solution methods for a three-echelon sustainable distribution network

Validi, S., Bhattacharya, A. & Byrne, P. J., 3 Aug 2020, In : Annals of Operations Research. 49 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Decision Support Systems and Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chain Risk Management

    Baryannis, G., Dani, S., Validi, S. & Antoniou, G., Jan 2019, Revisiting Supply Chain Risk. Zsidisin, G. A. & Henke, M. (eds.). Springer, Cham, (Springer Series in Supply Chain Management; vol. 7).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 50 Citations (Scopus)

    A solution method for a two-layer sustainable supply chain distribution model

    Validi, S., Bhattacharya, A. & Byrne, P. J., Feb 2015, In : Computers and Operations Research. 54, p. 204-217 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 57 Citations (Scopus)


    • 8 Oral presentation

    Intelligent decision systems within supply chain risk management: the potential of AI

    Sahar Validi (Speaker), Samir Dani (Speaker) & Anastasia Zapan (Speaker)

    3 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Facility Location Models: Applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Making Methods

    Sahar Validi (Speaker)

    23 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    AI techniques and Intelligent Decision Support System – A structured literature review

    Anastasia Zapan (Speaker), Sahar Validi (Speaker) & Samir Dani (Speaker)

    19 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Conceptualising the Physical Internet: a system thinking approach

    Walid Mourhrib (Contributor to Paper or Presentation), Sahar Validi (Contributor to Paper or Presentation) & Samir Dani (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    27 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation