Dr. Chantal C. Cantarelli

Lecturer in Operations Management

Room: B.069
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3377
Email: c.c.cantarelli@sheffield.ac.uk

Chantal Cantarelli is a lecturer in Operations Management at the Sheffield University Management School.

Prior to joining the University of Sheffield, Chantal worked as a Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Chantal received her PhD in 2011 on theoretical and empirical notions of cost overruns in transport infrastructure projects the Netherlands and worldwide. She took her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Delft University of Technology. Her Master Thesis received the Cuperus award 2007 for the best Master Thesis at a Dutch University in the field of transport studies and technology.

Chantal has published in some of the leading international transport and planning journals including Transport Policy, Journal of Transport Geography, and Environment and Planning.

She has consulted both government and business on issues of megaproject planning and approval.


Chantal’s research interests are in improving the success of megaprojects using theories in front-end planning, decision-making, risk management, and organisational behaviour. Her research focuses particularly on the influence of project ownership and financing on project performance. Furthermore, Chantal’s research interests are in studying the phenomenon of escalation of commitment in the decision-making of projects as an explanation for project failure. Other research interests include public-private partnerships, public sector efficiency and effectiveness.

Chantal is a member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre and the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) at the University of Sheffield.

PhD Supervision

Chantal is interested in supervising doctoral students in the field of operations management and project management. She is keen to supervise students who have an interest in quantitative or qualitative methods in research related to major programmes.