Dr Erica Ballantyne

BSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Room: B.066
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3378
Email: e.e.ballantyne@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Erica Ballantyne joined the Management School in April 2015 as a Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

After graduating with a BSc Hons in Business Administration & Transport Management at Cardiff University, and an MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Hull, Erica has been employed in various operational and management roles within the logistics and transport industry, working mainly in the FMCG market.

Erica obtained her PhD (sponsored by EPSRC) at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds, and her thesis examined the benefits of integrating freight logistics into urban transport policy.
Prior to joining the University of Sheffield, Erica worked as a lecturer (2012 -2013) and senior lecturer (2013-2015) at the University of Bolton, where she has experience of teaching a wide range of business subjects including strategic management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has also been employed as a part-time lecturer in Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, and as a demonstrator at the University of Leeds during her doctoral studies.

Erica is also an active member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and is involved with the South Yorkshire Freight Quality Partnership (SYFQP).

Learning & Teaching

Erica has a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Erica’s teaching is primarily on modules related to operations management and supply chain management, including the forthcoming 2015-16 module MGT253 (Principles of Operations Management) where she incorporates her research on freight transport operations. Erica also provides dissertation supervision for students on the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme.

Throughout her teaching, Erica encourages interaction and engagement between students, as well as fostering independent learning and the development of critical thinking skills at all levels. Erica’s teaching draws on her experiences working outside of academia in the UK logistics and transport industry, using real-world examples to bring to life operations and supply chain management theory.


Erica is a member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre, and the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), and the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) here at the University of Sheffield.

Research interests include: Sustainable urban freight transport and logistics operations; city logistics; sustainable urban supply chains; and local authority freight transport planning and policy decision making. She welcomes exploring future collaborations with industry partners and research academics.

Prospective PhD candidates

Erica is interested in supervising doctoral students in the field of logistics, freight transport and supply chain management. In particular, she is keen to supervise students who have an interest in using qualitative methods in logistics related research. Prospective PhD students with related research interests are invited to send a research proposal and a CV for consideration.