Ana Paula Barbosa-Póvoa

Professor in Operations and Logistics

Center for Management Studies, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon






Incorporating Resilience into Supply Chains

Modern supply chains (SC) have currently an increased exposure to unpredictable events as they present complex structures spread around the world. To deal with such reality supply chains must be resilient, need that with the COVID-19 outbreak has proved to be a priority. However being supply chain resilience a growing field in the academic community, there is still a lack of quantitative tools to aid decision-makers in the adoption of resilience enhancing decisions.

This work explores this gap and addresses the challenge of identifying and incorporating resilience metrics into supply chains design and planning models while considering simultaneously risk and uncertainty concerns. Additionally, supply chain tactical and operational measures towards resilience are discussed.

The occurrence of different disruptive events and their impact on supply chain design and operation are analysed helping to conclude on the main supply chain characteristics that should be explored to pursue resilient supply chains.


Ana Barbosa-Póvoa is a Full Professor in Operations and Logistics, at the Engineering and Management Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon. She holds a PhD from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine and her research focus is on developing a comprehensive understanding of complex problems in supply chains and operations management, supported by novel and sound engineering systems models and techniques. Sustainability, resilience, uncertainty and risk in the design and planning of supply chains are among the main research addressed domains. Ana has created and coordinates the research group in Operations Management and Logistics (OpLog) at the Centre for Management Studies of IST. Her research has led to several national and international awards having received recently the honour of being considered the best researcher in Industrial Management at the University of Lisbon. She is a member of the Computer Aided Process Engineering Working Party of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers and a founder member of the Euro Working Group in Sustainable Supply Chains of the European Association of Operational Research – where she is currently part of the coordination team. She is an editor of the Computers and Chemical Engineering Journal and a member of the severaç editorial boards namely the European Journal of Operational Research and the International Journal of Production Economics.