"After completing my PhD, I was nominated to a prestigious research grant from the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation in Sweden. During my postdoc research, I have been invited twice to Harvard as a visiting scholar. I got the first opportunity to visit Harvard in 2018 as a part of collaboration with the USA-Spain Scientific and Academic Network Research Group at The Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard (RCC). From August 2019, I have been a visiting scholar at the SCANCOR-Weatherhead Partnership at Harvard University (The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research). Furthermore, I recently presented at the Weatherhead Forum at Harvard University my research on how the European MiFID II legislation is transforming global financial markets.
As can be seen, my successful postdoc research activities capitalize on EDIM's resources. Without being from both UPM and KTH, it would be difficult to obtain the Wallander grant and further participate in such distinguished research collaborations".
In the early stages of Hossein’s PhD, he attended a keynote lecture on circular economy at Politecnico di Milano. One of the students asked the keynote speaker: “Is there any situation in which you think applying circular economy is not possible?”. The speaker rubbed his chin and said, after a pause: “Maybe in humanitarian supply chains where urgency is a critical matter!”. Hossein raised his hand, hesitantly, and said: “My PhD is about environmental sustainability of humanitarian supply chains…”
Hossein had ambitious dreams for his PhD to make humanitarian supply chains more environmentally sustainable, both in theory and in practice. He chose “Action Research” as the methodology of his PhD and started collaborating with a humanitarian organization on this topic, but things were not going smooth. Action research is a time-consuming methodology that takes years for the results to appear and he could not have solid results only until the third year of his PhD. Even then, when he prepared a draft of his first paper and sent it to a senior academic, he received the following feedback: “If I was a reviewer, I would have immediately rejected this paper!”. He struggled with extreme difficulties and high pressure as he had not generated any research outputs by his third year. But he stayed positive and continued working hard, and he was rewarded with the best…
Today, he is happy that he took the high road. After four rounds of extensive review, that very paper has been accepted in the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, one of the most prestigious journals in the field of operations and supply chain management. He is not hesitant anymore to raise his hand and express with confidence that sustainable humanitarian supply chain is not impossible. He is proud of having real impact on the lives of afflicted people by humanitarian crises thanks to the hands-on action research methodology he adopted.
Currently, Hossein is a Lecturer in Business Strategy and a distinguished researcher at Coventry University, UK. He developed his research collaboration with international humanitarian organizations and continues his passion: to help people through his research.