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Dr Carla Pereira


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Dr Carla Pereira has joined the OU Business School (Faculty of Business and Law / Department for People and Organisations) in February 2022 as a Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management. She also holds the position of Visiting Lecturer for the Masters in the Civil Engineering programme at the State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC), supervising and conducting research projects on urban resilience and lean construction. 

Prior to her role at the Open University, Carla held the position of Assistant Professor within the Department of Production and Systems Engineering at the State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC, Joinville, Brazil) from 2016 to 2021. She had also worked in other Brazilian universities (PUC, UNIP and UFSCar) from 2014 as a lecturer in Operations & SCM. 

Dr Pereira holds a B.Eng. (2008) degree in Production Engineering from the State University of Maringá (UEM / Brazil), and MSc. (2011) and DSc. (2014) degrees in Production Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil), with exchange studies at Cranfield University’s School of Management in the United Kingdom.

Research interests

Carla’s research interest covers different approaches in the supply chain management, such as risk, sustainability, food waste and resilience. She is also interested in lean thinking (manufacturing, distribution, construction and healthcare). From 2016 to 2021, Carla coordinated a research group in supply chain (Núcleo de Estudos e Pesquisa em Supply Chain), and following her move to the United Kingdom, is now a sitting member of it. Some of the research projects conducted within this group include The Role of Sustainable Practices in Resilient Supply ChainsThe Influence of KPIs in creating Resilience in Supply Chains; and The Application of Lean Tools on Process Improvement

Additionally, Dr. Pereira is part of several broad projects in conjunction with the Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar) in resilience, food waste reduction and food recall (all of them from a supply chain perspective). These projects were financially supported by FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation). She is also working on a collaborative project between Polytechnique Montreal (Canada) and the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) in digital maturity and resilient strategies for operations.

Currently, she is involved in a pilot project (funded by FBL research seedcorn funding) about ‘Exploring distinctive skills and capabilities required for supply chain professionals working in the service industry’. Another key areas of her current research interest are: ‘resilient practices as an alternative to deal with surplus food for human consumption’ (potential future proposal for PhD students) and ‘lean and sustainable approaches in the construction sites’ (master students’ supervision).

She has published in key academic journals in the area of O&SCM, such as the Journal of Cleaner Production, the International Journal of Production Economics, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, and the Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering.

Carla is interested in supervising PhD researchers. For a fully-funded opportunity, please see our current adversited project call (DPO01 Dealing with surplus food for human consumption by adopting resilient practices.pdf ( for a starting time in Feb 2024. For further information on funding, eligibility and how to prepare a research application, please check the following PhD Studentships | The Open University Business School.

Teaching interests

Carla's teaching experience in the O&SCM area is focused on different topics, such as project management, introduction to industrial engineering, project and plant design, production systems and lean manufacturing. She was also involved in teaching projects that aim to develop educational games to provide a more practical view of the theoretical concepts for the students. 

At the OU, She is currently teaching on:

  • BB849 – Supply Chain Management (MBA) (as module chair and module team member)
  • BXY230/330 – Work-based modules within the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) (as module chair and module team member)


As a visiting lecturer in Brazil, she teaches on:

  • How to prepare and submit a scientific paper (master’s level)
  • Lean Construction (supporting teaching only – master’s level)

External collaborations

- Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar / Brazil) funded by FAPESP

- State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC / Brazil) funded by FAPESC

- Polytechnique Montreal (Canada) and the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy)

- Queen’s Management School / Queen’s University Besfast


Delivering the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship: What are the challenges and implications for good practice? (2024-06-04)
Horáčková, Clare; Bloomfield, Sarah; Pereira, Carla Roberta and Mutwarasibo, Fidèle
Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 14(3) (pp. 625-640)

The stakeholder's roles in risk management related to food supply chain recalls: a systematic literature review (2023-01-18)
Oliveira, Lucas Lima de; da Silva, Andrea Lago; Pereira, Carla Roberta and Chaudhuri, Atanu
The International Journal of Logistics Management, 34(1) (pp. 106-129)

Causes and prevention practices of food waste in fruit and vegetable supply chains: How is Brazil dealing with these issues? (2022-12)
de Moraes, Camila Colombo; Costa, Flávio Henrique de Oliveira; da Silva, Andrea Lago; César, Aldara da Silva; Delai, Ivete and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Waste Management, 154 (pp. 320-330)

Does resilience reduce food waste? Analysis of Brazilian supplier-retailer dyad (2022-03-01)
Costa, Flávio Henrique de Oliveira; de Moraes, Camila Colombo; da Silva, Andrea Lago; Delai, Ivete; Chaudhuri, Atanu and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Journal of Cleaner Production, 338, Article 130488

Exploring Organizational Resilience Through Key Performance Indicators (2021)
Werner, Maria Júlia Eyng; Yamada, Ana Paula Louise; Domingos, Enzo Gabriel Nascimento; Leite, Luciana Rosa and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering, 38(1) (pp. 51-65)

Retail food waste: mapping causes and reduction practices (2020-05-20)
de Moraes, Camila Colombo; de Oliveira Costa, Flávio Henrique; Pereira, Carla Roberta; da Silva, Andrea Lago and Delai, Ivete
Journal of Cleaner Production, 256, Article 120124

Purchasing and supply management (PSM) contribution to supply-side resilience (2020)
Pereira, Carla Roberta; Lago da Silva, Andrea; Tate, Wendy Lea and Christopher, Martin
International Journal of Production Economics, 228, Article 107740

Indicadores de desempenho na logística humanitária: um estudo teórico sob a ótica green (2020)
Karl, Alexandre Augusto; Pereira, Carla Roberta and Campos, Lucila Maria de Souza
Revista Produção Online, 20(3) (pp. 1038-1055)

Assessment of shop floor layouts in the context of process plans with alternatives (2019)
Decker Junior, Claudio; Ferreira, João Carlos Espíndola; Henning, Elisa and Pereira, Carla
Production, 29, Article e20180078

Melhoria do processo de importação a partir de conceitos do lean (2019)
Goulart, Betina Capanema; Pereira, Carla Roberta; Leite, Luciana Rosa and Bond, Danielle
Revista Produção Online, 19(3) (pp. 811-836)

Achieving organisational resilience through inbound logistics effort (2019)
Costa, Flávio Henrique De Oliveira; Da Silva, Andrea Lago; Pereira, Carla Roberta; Pereira, Susana Carla Farias and Gómez Paredes, Fernando José
British Food Journal, 122(2) (pp. 432-447)

Resiliência na cadeia de suprimentos: estudo de caso em uma indústria metalmecânica (2018)
Brunnquel, Vanessa; Vitor de Oliveira, Paulo; Bond, Danielle; Leite, Luciana Rosa and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Suma de Negocios, 9(19) (pp. 25-35)

Rumo a cadeias resilientes (2018)
Pereira, Carla Roberta and Da Silva, Andrea Lago
GV-executivo, 17(1) (pp. 34-36)

Supply chain resilience and key performance indicators: a systematic literature review (2018)
Karl, Alexandre Augusto; Micheluzzi, Julio; Leite, Luciana Rosa and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Production, 28(0)

O que favorece a resiliência na cadeia de suprimentos? Insights a partir de uma revisão sistemática de literatura (2016)
Costa, Flávio Henrique de Oliveira; Silva, Andrea Lago da and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Revista Produção Online, 16(3) (pp. 916-946)

Supplier Relationship Management: a review focused on Logistics and Production integration (2015)
da Silva Garcia, Franciele; Lago Da Silva, Andrea and Pereira, Carla Roberta
Revista Gestão da Produção Operações e Sistemas, 10(4)

Key Organisational Factors to Building Supply Chain Resilience: a Multiple Case Study of Buyers and Suppliers (2015)
Pereira, Carla Roberta and Da Silva, Andrea Lago
Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, 8(2) (p 77)

Achieving supply chain resilience: the role of procurement (2014)
Lago Da Silva, Andrea; Christopher, Martin and Roberta Pereira, Carla
Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 19(5/6) (pp. 626-642)

Um modelo de simulação de sistemas aplicado à programação da produção de um frigorífico de peixe / A System Simulation Model Applied to the Production Schedule of a Fish Processing Facility (2012)
Pereira, Carla Roberta and Bueno da Costa, Miguel Antonio
Revista Produção Online, 12(4) (p 972)

Delivering the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship: what are the challenges and implications for good practice? (2023-11)
Bloomfield, Sarah; Horáčková, Clare; Pereira, Carla Roberta and Mutwarasibo, Fidèle
In : UVAC Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Knowledge Network (29 Nov 2023, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)

Maximising the work-based learning opportunity provided by the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA) (2023-06-28)
Bloomfield, Sarah; Pereira, Carla Roberta; Horáčková, Clare and Mutwarasibo, Fidèle
In : Global Citizenship and Lifelong Learning (26-28 Jun 2023, Madingley, Cambridge)

Retention issues on CMDA apprenticeship programs: who is withdrawing, when, and why? (2022)
Bloomfield, Sarah; Pereira, Carla; Mutwarasibo, Fidèle; Horáčková, Clare; McArthur, Marni and Phillips, Mike
In : SCiLAB Festival of Scholarship 2022 (Tuesday 7 Jun, The Open University)