Dr Erica Ballantyne

BSc, MSc, PhD

Management School

Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Dr Erica Ballantyne
e.e.ballantyne@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3378

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Dr Erica Ballantyne
Management School
Room C096
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
Sheffield
S10 1FL
Profile

Erica Ballantyne has lectured in Operations and Supply Chain Management since 2015 at the University of Sheffield Management School (SUMS). She leads the Logistics & Supply Chain Management Research Theme within the Operations Management & Decision Sciences Research Centre. 

Erica gained her PhD (EPSRC sponsored) at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds, and her thesis examined ‘The Benefits of Integrating Freight Logistics into Urban Transport Demand Management Measures & Policy’. Graduating from Cardiff University with a BSc Hons in Business Administration & Transport Management, and an MSc (with distinction) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the University of Hull. She was successfully accepted on to a Graduate Management Scheme at a major European 3PL, and gained further industry experience working for ASDA and other leading supply chain contractors. 

Prior to joining SUMS, Erica was employed at the University of Bolton (2012 – 2015), initially as a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in a wide range of business subjects at undergraduate to MBA level. Erica was promoted to Academic Group Leader for Business, Accountancy and Law. 

Erica holds a PG Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2014 she completed Advance HE’s (formerly The Leadership Foundation) Aurora Programme ‘Developing Future Leaders for Higher Education’ for women in leadership in HE. 

Erica is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is an active committee member of the South Yorkshire CILT group. 

Research interests

Principle areas of research interest include:

  • Efficient and sustainable transport with electric vehicles and transport application for energy storage
  • Reverse logistics and Retail Returns Management
  • Transport planning and Management Decision Making
  • Logistics and freight transport operations, with an emphasis on urban and last mile contexts

The applied and interdisciplinary nature of my research, and my belonging to a wide network of academics, logistics and retail practitioners, LA Transport Planners and policy makers, is integral to my work and research impact. This is demonstrated through my involvement with various funded collaborative research projects, for example time spent on secondment at Stockholm Stad. My research in Urban Freight Transport has been cited in government policy documents in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

Erica’s involvement with national and international research projects includes: 

  • Joint Principal Investigator for “Fleet energy optimisation in the Sheffield City Region”, funded by EPSRC IAA (University of Sheffield Knowledge Exchange Fund) (2019-2020).
  • Co-Investigator for “MoVE (Mobilising Volunteers Effectively)” a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the rapid response COVID-19 research programme (2020-2021).
  • WP lead and Co-Investigator for “Promoting Sustainable Freight Transport in urban context: Policy & Decision-making Approaches (ProSFeT)”, funded by the EU H2020-MCSA-RISE-2016 Scheme (2017-2019).
  • Principal Investigator for “The Business of Location: Transport Planning for the Logistics workforce”, funded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK (2016-2018).
  • Principal Investigator and Coordinator for “Investigating opportunities for sustainable freight transport (REINVEST)”, funded by the EU Commission, EU-India collaboration project (2015-2018).
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Ballantyne E & Heron G (2019) Freight transport, storage and distribution organisations to be able to identify customer requirements In Wilding R (Ed.), Supply Chains in Action: A Case Study Collection in Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement and Operations Management Kogan Page RIS download Bibtex download
  • Heron G, Ballantyne E, Oglethorpe D & Morley M (2019) The Same But Different: A Comparative Analysis of Common Reverse Logistics and Closed Loop Supply Chain Issues in the UK Multiple Retail Sector In Wilding R (Ed.), Supply Chains in Action - A Case Study Collection in Supply Chain, Logistics, Procurement & Operations Management London: Kogan Page. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF & Lindholm M (2014) Identifying the Need for Freight to be Included in Local Authority Transport Planning In Gonzalez-Feliu J (Ed.), Sustainable Urban Logistics: Concepts, Methods and Information Systems (pp. 37-48). Springer Science & Business Media RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Ballantyne E, Stone D, Foster M & Price H (2020) A Low Cost, Rapid Impedance Measurement Technique Suitable for Li-ion Health Diagnosis in Battery Energy Storage Systems. International Conference on Smart Grids and Energy, 27 April 2019 - 30 May 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang T, Ballantyne EEF & Stone DA (2019) Fully integrated EV energy storage using transport infrastructure. 2019 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power (ICCEP), 2 July 2019 - 4 July 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne E & Heron G (2018) The Role of Applied Theory to Deliver Safety, Compliance, Air Quality & Competitive Benefits to the UK Road Freight Transport Sector. 23rd Annual Logistics Research Network Conference Proceedings. UK, 5 September 2018 - 7 September 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Heron G & Ballantyne E (2016) THE CASE FOR FREIGHT OPERATOR RECOGNITION SCHEMES AS BUSINESS READINESS QUALITY MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE TRANSPORT AGENDA. Logistics Research Network Conference 2016 Proceedings. UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Heron G & Ballantyne E () The Development of Mid-Range Theory to Deliver Sustainable Organisational Change in the Road Freight Transport Sector: Evidence from the UK.. Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Sustainable Road Freight Transport, 5 December 2019 - 6 December 2019. RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Ballantyne E, Zhang T & Stone D (2019) Fully integrated EV energy storage using transport infrastructure. All Energy 2019. RIS download Bibtex download

Presentations

  • Ballantyne EEF, Simpson M & Whitehead C Can the internet of things improve the sustainability of road freight transport operations?. Groupe Sup de Co La Rochelle, France. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Simpson M, Ballantyne E & Fatorachian H Can the Internet of Things improve the sustainability of road freight transport operations?. University of Hull. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF & Lindholm M Using due diligence to improve the urban freight planning process. Aston & Birmingham City Universities, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF & Lindholm M The future of freight transport planning with the use of Due Diligence: Findings from a European Delphi Study. University of Huddersfield, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF, Marsden G & Whiteing AE Investigating the impacts of urban transport policies on essential freight operations. The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF & Lindholm M How local authorities can include freight in their transport planning process. Cranfield University, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF, Marsden G & Whiteing AE An analysis of local authority views and treatment of urban freight in the UK. The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne EEF, Marsden G & Whiteing AE Urban freight in the UK: Analysing the contrast between local authority and freight operator perspectives. Harstad, Norway. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Ballantyne EE, Heron G & Vincent I (2017) Fleet Operator Recognition Schemes: A management science approach for competitive advantage, the Northern Powerhouse Freight Strategy and Brexit. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Heron G & Ballantyne E (2017) Brexit: Are you Ready?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne E, Gorst J, Bernon M, Meira J & Cullen J () VIEW from Academia — A Toolkit to help manage Reverse Logistics. REVERSE LOGISTICS MAGAZINE, 4(14), 44-44. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Erica has a range of teaching experience across UG, PG, and Executive Education portfolios, her research interests and industry experiences inform research-led teaching across all modules she is involved with.

Erica is currently leading and delivering:

  • MGT6081 Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
  • Dissertation supervision for MSc LSCM and MSc Management

Since joining SUMS, Erica has developed and led the following modules:

  • MGT6196 Process and Organisational Improvement (Executive MBA)
  • MGT6224 Pathways to Decision making in Different Environments (PG Cert in Leadership & Management for Social Workers)
  • MGT3013 Supply Chain Management (Degree Apprenticeship at AMRC)
  • MGT253 Principles of Operations Management (BA Business Management)

In addition to internal posts, Erica holds a number of subject specialist External Examining roles. 

PhD Supervision

Erica currently supervises a number of inter-disciplinary doctoral students. She is interested in supervising PhD students in the fields of:

  • Logistics
  • Freight Transport
  • Sustainable Logistics
  • Transport Applications