Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Systemic modelling of micro/nano plastics impact(s) on human health

2. Towards a Comprehensive Risk Management Taxonomy for the Food Industry

3. Development of a Novel Digital Twin Architecture for Supply Management during Crises

4. A Roadmap for Space Supply Management and Logistics


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Personal profile


Amin Hosseinian-Far is a Professor of Systems Thinking, and a Deputy Head of the Department of Business Systems and Operations at the University of Northampton. Amin is the founding member of the Systems, Analytics, and Business Intelligence (SABI) research group, and previously served as the Head of Centre for Sustainable Business Practices (CSBP).

Prof. Hosseinian-Far received his BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from the University of East London, an MSc degree in Satellite Communications and Space Systems from the University of Sussex, a Postgraduate Certificate in Research and a PhD degree titled ‘A Systemic Approach to an Enhanced Model for Sustainability’ which he acquired from the University of East London. In his previous academic experience, he was a Staff Tutor at the Open University, UK, and prior to that a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Leeds Beckett University, UK. He has held lecturing and research positions at the University of East London, and at a number of private HE institutions and strategy research firms.

Amin has been engaged in teaching, research, and scholarship within UK higher education institutions since 2009. His research interests are at the intersections of systems thinking (mainly hard systems thinking), information systems, analytics, and modelling, with applications in various fields. He has actively been engaged in pursuing and successfully securing external research funding in excess of £1.1 million. Amin also received the UON’s Research Diamond Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision in 2020, in recognition of his work in supporting, and advising doctoral students. 

Over the years, he has contributed to more than 110 peer-reviewed publications which are mainly disseminated as journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters.  During the pandemic, his contribution to the horizon scanning of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) was acknowledged; Additionally, one of his co-authored systematic reviews has been cited by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Scottish Government, the World Bank group, the UK Parliament, the Publications Office of the European Union, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  Amin has edited books, conference proceedings, and has served on numerous review boards, and editorial committees of several international journals and conferences. He is the Founding Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Strategic Engineering (IJoSE), an ex-Associate Editor for the International Journal of Systems and Society, and a Guest Editor for Special Issues in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (Emerald), and Systems (MDPI).

Prof. Amin Hosseinian-Far has held the Membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) since 2011, the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) since 2014, and the Senior Fellowship of Advance-HE (HEA) since 2016. Furthermore, he is an external associate of the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of East London, UK, and the Public Transportation Systems (PTS) Research Group at RMIT University, Australia.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Applied Systems Analysis & Design
  • Business and Strategic Information Systems
  • Information Seeking Behaviour and Satisficing
  • Information Security, System Safety and Ethics
  • Systems, and Information Systems Research
  • Systematic Review

Teaching Interests

  • BSO1010 - Information Management
  • BSOM071 - Fundamentals of Project Management
  • BSOM078 - Digital Twins and Internet of Things
  • BSOM080 - Applied Systems Analysis
  • GRA8015 - The Research Proposal (DBA)
  • BSOM077 - Business Research Project
  • PhD/DBA Supervision



PhD (Funded studentship) - Figo Forouzan - Title: Barriers and enablers of cyber resilience in SME's. 

PhD – John McMahon - Title: Assessing the Impact of Powerfulness on the Performance of Customer Service Representatives in a Call Centre (2023).

DBA - Wee Kiat Yang - Title: Factors affecting the information seeking behavior of license auditors in software industry (2023).

DBA - Eman Albash Albahsh - Title: Design Science Research Approach Towards the Construction of Competitive Intelligence Process Framework in the Era of Big Data (2022).

DBA - Kamran Abbasi - Title: An exploratory research into the link between Centralised IT Performance and Organisational Structure (2022).

DBA - Khalid Al Balushi - Title: Exploring the role of aviation sector development for the achievement of the logistics strategy of the Sultanate of Oman (SOLS 2040) (2022).

DBA – Nam Chie Sia - Title: Implementing Data Analytics Marketing Strategies for Not-For-Profit Organisations: Learning from a Case Study in Singapore (2021).

DBA – Khalid Walid Saif - Title: Inducing Sales of Stagnant Inventory Through Deployment of a Sales Force Reward System with Inventory Considerations: A Case Study of The Abu Khader Automotive Group in Jordan (2021). 

DBA - Chin Guan Lim - Title: A mixed-methods investigation of evidence-based Lean Thinking practice to kaizen academic processes for three private higher education institutes within Singapore (2021).

PhD - Reemiah Muneer Alotaibi - Investigation into the Factors Affecting Social Media Adoption and Implementation in Saudi Government 2.0 - (Leeds Beckett University-2016).


PhD - Hareer Ahmed - Title: Supply chain complexity and its impact on knowledge transfer.

PhD - Khushboo-e-Fatima - Title: Impact of technological advancements in supply chain systems.

PhD – Yasin Yousefi - Title: Greening the Green; an investigation of circular economy in the improvement of building thermal insulation in the UK.

PhD (Funded studentship) - Maryam Azizsafaei - Title: An Enhanced Machine Learning Approach for an Optimised and Resilient Food Supply Chain Management.

DBA - Yousuf Alblooshi - Title: A Novel Framework for Identification of Critical Business Processes.

DBA – Jeffrey Ansong – Title: An Evaluation of Manual Inventory Management System of Wholesale Businesses: A case study approach using Stufflebeam's CIPP Model.

DBA – Sia Bationo – Title: A comprehensive analysis of the implications of a transition to Net Zero economy on Mobile Network Operators.

DBA – Andrey Bogdanev – Title: Leadership Gender Diversity as Key Driver of the Better Sustainability Disclosure - Evaluation of the Impact of the Gender Diversity in Leadership of the Listed Companies in South Africa on Sustainability Disclosure.

DBA – Olayemi Olatunde – Title: Assessing the Impact of Plastic Waste on the Resilience of Sewage System in Lagos Nigeria.


Other Responsibilities

  • Guest Editor - Special Issue "Information Security in the Industry 5.0 Era", IJESDF, InderScience (2022-2023)
  • Guest Editor - Special Issue "Systems, Infrastructure, and Industry 5.0", Systems, MDPI (2022-2023)
  • Guest Editor - Special Issue "Data Science for Environment and Health Applications", IJERPH, MDPI (2020-2022)
  • Editor-in-Chief - International Journal of Strategic Engineering, Click to Access the Journal’s Website, IGI Global (established Jan 2017)
  • Ex-Associate Editor - International Journal of Systems and Society, Click to Access the Journal’s Website, IGI Global (established Jan 2014)
  • Editor - Journal of Big Data (OJBD), Ronpub, Since 2017
  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Sciences - MDPI, in 2019
  • Book Proposal Reviewer for Strategy, Leadership and AI in the Cyber Ecosystem - Elsevier, in 2019
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS), in 2019
  • Reviewer for Journal of Information and Computer Security (IJICS), in 2019
  • Programme Committee Member 19th International Conference on Engineering Applications of Neural Networks (EANN 2018) 3-5 September 2018
  • Programme Committee Member Cyber Science 2017 joint & co-located conferences 19th and 20th June 2017
  • Scientific Committee Member 11th International Conference on Global Security, Safety & Sustainability 18th - 20th January 2017
  • Scientific Committee Member Academic Platform Journal of Engineering and Science 2016 - 17 -18
  • Technical Committee Member International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, June 2016, Beijing China
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Information and Computer Security (IJICS), in 2016
  • Program committee member, International conference on Internet of Things and Big Data (IoTBD) , 2016 (Italy)
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Business and Systems Research, InderScience - 2014
  • Technical committee member, International Conference on Innovation and Information Management (ICIIM), 2015 (Malaysia) & 2016 (Australia)
  • Associate editor for The International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI), in 2015
  • Program chair 10th ICGS3 International conference, 2015. London
  • Committee Member of 9th ICGS3 International conference committee 2013. London
  • Chair of Systems Security, Safety and Sustainability workshop for 9th ICGS3 Conference 2013. London
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics (IJESDF), since 2012
  • Reviewer for Journal of Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems (PRIS) - 2014
  • Member of Advisory Board (Session Chair)-5th SASTech International Symposium 2011 - Mashad-Iran
  • Member of Scientific Committee, 2ND ISITES2014 Symposium, Karabuk University, 2014 (Turkey), 3RD ISITES2015 Symposium - 2015 - Spain

External Roles

  • PhD Examiner (External): University of Salford 2022
  • PhD Examiner (External): Coventry University 2021
  • PhD Examiner (External): RMIT 2021
  • PhD Examiner (External): University of Derby 2016
  • PhD Examiner (Internal): Leeds Beckett University 2016
  • External Examiner - University of Bedfordshire (Oct 15-Sep 18)
  • External Advisor to Stakeholder Advisory Group, BTEC Nationals IT - Pearson May 2016

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A Systemic Approach to an Enhanced Model for Sustainability, University of East London

Award Date: 8 Aug 2012

Bachelor, BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems, University of East London

Master, MSc Satellite Communications & Space Systems, University of Sussex

External positions

External Associate, Public Transportation Systems (PTS) Research Group - RMIT

Aug 2020 → …

External Associate, Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) - University of East London

1 Sept 2012 → …


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