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Ramez Kian

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Department of Management


Ramez Kian is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management. His main roles are delivering courses and supervision of PhD and Master’s students in their research projects. He is experienced in applying mathematical modelling and operational research techniques to develop business solutions for problems mainly in operation management, supply chain and logistics area.

International & Previous Work Experiences

He started his career in 2008 as a logistics expert in automotive industry in Iran. In 2010 he moved to Turkey and pursued his PhD studies on sustainable production planning. Between 2015 and 2016 he was employed by University of Southampton and carried out research in collaboration with three universities and four companies regarding optimisation of maintenance scheduling in maritime sector. He was employed with Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey) and University of Tabriz (Iran) between 2016 and 2018 conducting three research papers on the area of supply chain management and logistics. He has been with Nottingham Trent University since 2018 as a Research Fellow working on a funded research project about a large-scale distribution network optimisation of the cash-based-interventions for Syrian refugees in Turkey; He has been serving as a Lecturer since 2019 and Senior Lecturer since 2021 in Operations Management and Logistics at Nottingham Business School .

Career overview

  • 2019-2021: Senior Lecturer in Operations Management and Logistics at NBS (UK)
  • 2019-2021: Lecturer in Operations Management and Logistics at NBS (UK)
  • 2018-2019: Research Fellow in Nottingham Trent University (UK)
  • 2017-2019: Visiting Researcher in University of Tabriz (Iran)
  • 2016-2017: Assistant Professor in Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)
  • 2015-2016: Research Fellow in Southampton Business School (UK)
  • 2010-2015: Teacher and Research Assistant in Bilkent University (Turkey)
  • 2008-2010: Logistics and Supply chain analyst in IKCO (Automotive manufacturer, Iran

Research areas

  • Optimisation (Mixed integer, Nonlinear, Heuristics)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Production planning
  • Sustainability

External activity

Ongoing collaboration on research with overseas universities.


  • Ghahremani-Nahr, J., Ghaderi, A. and Kian, R., 2022. A food bank network design examining food nutritional value and freshness: A multi objective robust fuzzy model. Expert Systems with Applications, p.119272.
  • Danaye, N., Kian, R. and Colmekcioglu, N., 2022. An Agent-Based Modeling Approach for Understanding Drivers of Consumer Decisions on Foreign vs Domestic Products: Case study of a local refrigerator market. International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making.
  • Kian, R. and Obaid, H.S., 2022. Detection of fraud in banking transactions using big data clustering technique customer behavior indicators. Journal of applied research on industrial engineering, 9(3), pp.264-273.
  • Kian, R., 2022. Investigation of IoT applications in supply chain management with fuzzy hierarchical analysis. Journal of Data Analytics, 1(1), pp.8-15.
  • Ghahremani-Nahr, J., Kian, R., Sabet, E. and Akbari, V., 2022. A bi-objective blood supply chain model under uncertain donation, demand, capacity and cost: a robust possibilistic-necessity approach. Operational Research, pp.1-39.
  • Kian, R., Erdoğan, G., de Leeuw, S., Salman, F.S., Sabet, E., Kara, B.Y. and Demir, M.H., 2022. Logistics planning of cash transfer to Syrian refugees in Turkey. European Journal of Operational Research, 296(3), pp.1007-1024.
  • Akbari, V., Sadati, M.E.H. and Kian, R., 2021. A decomposition-based heuristic for a multicrew coordinated road restoration problem. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 95, p.102854.
  • Kian, R., 2021. Provide a model for an e-commerce system with the impact of artificial intelligence. International Journal of Innovation in Management, Economics and Social Sciences, 1(3), pp.88-94.
  • Eli¸s, H., Tansel, B., Oğuz, O., Güney, M. and Kian, R., 2021. On guarding real terrains: The terrain guarding and the blocking path problems. Omega, 102, p.102303.
  • Allahi, F., Taheri, S., Kian, R. and Sabet, E., 2020. Cash based interventions in persistent humanitarian refugee crisis: a system dynamics approach, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, doi: 10.1109/TEM.2020.29825832/5
  • Kian, R., 2020. A production planning problem with lost sales and nonlinear convex production cost function under carbon emission restrictions. Journal of Energy Management and Technology, 4(2), pp.1-13.
  • Kian, R., Berk, E., Gürler, U., Rezazadeh, H. and Yazdani, B., 2020. The effect of economies- of-scale on the performance of lot-sizing heuristics in rolling horizon basis. International Journal of Production Research, pp.1-15.
  • Kian, R., Berk, E. and Gürler, U., 2019. Minimal conic quadratic reformulations and an optimization model. Operations Research Letters, 47(6), pp.489-493.
  • Sabet, E., Yazdani, B., Kian, R. and Galanakis, K., 2019. A strategic and global manufacturing capacity management optimisation model: A Scenario-based multi-stage stochastic programming approach. Omega.
  • Ghahremani-Nahr, J., Kian, R. and Sabet, E., 2019. A robust fuzzy mathematical programming model for the closed-loop supply chain network design and a whale optimization solution algorithm. Expert Systems with Applications, 116, pp.454-471.
  • Kian, R., Bektaş, T. and Ouelhadj, D., 2019. Optimal spare parts management for vessel maintenance scheduling. Annals of Operations Research, 272(1-2), pp.323-353.
  • Allahi, F., De Leeuw, S., Sabet, E., Kian, R., Damiani, L., Giribone, P., Revetria, R. and Cianci, R., 2018. A review of system dynamics models applied in social and humanitarian researches.
  • Ghahremani-Nahr, J., Kian, R. and Rezazadeh, H., 2018. A modified priority-based encoding for design of a closed-loop supply chain network using a discrete league championship algorithm. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2018.
  • Kian, R. and Kargar, K., 2016. Comparison of the formulations for a hub-and-spoke network design problem under congestion. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 101, pp.504-512.
  • Kian, R., Berk, E. and Gürler, U., 2014. An Integrated Replenishment and Transportation Model: Computational Performance Assessment. In Industrial Engineering (pp. 795-814). CRC Press. (book chapter)
  • Kian, R., Gürler, U. and Berk, E., 2014. The dynamic lot-sizing problem with convex ¨economic production costs and setups. International Journal of Production Economics, 155, pp.361-379.
  • Rabbani, M., Ahmadi, G. and Kian, R., 2009, July. A new comprehensive framework for ranking accepted orders and supplier selection in make-to-order environments. In Computers & Industrial Engineering, 2009. CIE 2009. International Conference on (pp. 919-924). IEEE.