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Dr Sarah Schiffling

Dr Sarah Schiffling

Telephone: 0151 231 8010

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My interest is in supply chain management research in extreme scenarios, focusing on how people react and manage complex situations. My PhD focused on the complex problem of humanitarian logistics with case studies in Haiti, Pakistan, and sub-Saharan Africa. I have also conducted research in remote Scottish island communities and am currently working on projects in Bhutan and Northern Ghana.
I have worked with logistics company Kuehne + Nagel in Canada and Germany, both as an airfreight export operator and in developing special systems and solutions for key clients in the aerospace industry. At Rolls-Royce in Derby, I conducted a project on improving information flow in aero engine aftermarket services.




2017, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, PhD in Supply Chain Management
2011, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, MRes (with distinction) in Social Sciences Research
2010, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, MSc (with distinction) in Supply Chain and Logistics Management
2009, IUBH University of Applied Sciences, Germany, BA in Aviation Management


Journal article

Schiffling S, Karamperidis S, Nelson JD. 2015. Local Shops vs. Online Retailers: Competition or Synergy? SCOTTISH GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, 131 :220-227 DOI Author Url

Schiffling S, Piecyk M. 2014. Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a customer-oriented approach Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 4 :198-221 DOI

Conference publication

Schiffling S, Fan Y, Hannibal C, Tickle M. Swift trust - swifter distrust: Exploring coopetition in humanitarian supply chains 26th International EurOMA Conference