Xiaohong Li

Dr Xiaohong Li

Senior Lecturer


Xiaohong's research interests cover a wide range of topic areas, including environmental sustainability (particularly on Industrial Ecology and Industrial Symbiosis), supply chain risk management, project management, and econometrical modelling (for different management areas' applications). Xiaohong has undertaken consultancy projects in the past by applying econometric modelling skills and knowledge to the real life construction workload planning for the States of Guernsey. She has successfully completed a Leverhulme Trust project by identifying success factors for UK manufacturing companies' survive and success. Currently, Xiaohong is working on the two research projects. The first one is improving environmental sustainability using a process perspective, and the other one is Industrial Ecology and Industrial Symbiosis for supply chain environment sustainability.

Xiaohong has constantly transferred her knowledge updated in research to her teaching. Her teaching expertise focuses on Operations Management related areas, which aims for continuous improvement in the process of producing/providing and delivering products and services. She also teaches Research Methods module for postgraduate students. She supervises PhD and DBA students, and also Masters students.



  • 2005: PGDip - Postgraduate Certification/Postgraduate/MA LT, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 1999: PhD, University of Luton, United Kingdom
  • 1995: MSc Business Decision Making, University of Luton, United Kingdom
  • 1991: English Training, Other, United Kingdom
  • 1988: BSc Industrial Management Engineering, University of Chongqing, China (PRC)

Senior Lecturer

Teaching expertise

  • Data Analysis
  • Operations
  • Post Graduate Research - DBA
  • Post Graduate Research - MRes
  • Post Graduate Research - PhD
  • Quality
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics


  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability in Operations Management
  • Humanitarian and Development Aid Project Management
  • Operations management

Industry Links

  • accessing Chinese manfuacturing companies for research


Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems

Sheffield Business School

Business Operations and Systems

2002 to present: Course taught:Business Studies and many others. Module taught: Applications in Operations Management, Operations Planning and Control, Supply China Management, Quality Management, Busines Analysis, Data Analysis, Business Modelling, Process Management, Performance Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2002 to present: Research Methods/TQM BE course, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2002 to present: Research Projects, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


Li, X., Ogier, J., & Cullen, J. (2006). An economic modelling approach for public sector construction workload planning. Construction management and economics, 24 (11), 1137-1147. http://doi.org/10.1080/01446190600798960

Li, X., & Hamblin, D.J. (2003). The impact of performance and practice factors on UK manufacturing companies' survival. International journal of production research, 41 (5), 963-979. http://doi.org/10.1080/00207540210163937

Li, X., & Hamblin, D.J. (2001). Developing a multivariate manufacturing company performance model: effects of technology and investment on two-dimensional firm performance. International journal of production research, 39 (13), 2895-2912. http://doi.org/10.1080/00207540110052544

Conference papers

Li, X. (2023). The implications of circular supply chains to industries: a comparison between pharmaceutical industry and solar cell industry. In EurOMA, Leuven, Belgium, 3 July 2023 - 5 July 2023.

Li, X. (2022). Closed-loop supply chains and closed-loop supply chain management: an exploration of the solar cell industry. In European Operations Management Association (EuROMA), Berlin, Germany, 3 July 2022 - 6 July 2022.

Li, X. (2018). Industrial Ecology for developing an extended network of industrial ecosystems- an exploration of the solar cell technology industry. In 25th EurOMA.

Li, X. (2016). Geographic promixity in Industrial Symbiosis applications: a literature review.

Li, X. (2014). Outsourcing in emerging markets.

Li, X., & Leigh, M. (2013). An Empirical Investigation into Industry Ecology, Symbiosis and Environmental Sustainability With the Supply Chain.

Li, X. (2013). Achieving Environmental Sustainability in Pharmaceutical Manufacturers in China.

Li, X. (2010). Integrating Environmental Management System with Environmental Performance Evaluation across the Supply Chain: A Systematic and Balanced Scorecard Approach.

Li, X. (2010). The Need for Project Management in managing Humanitarian and Development Aid Projects.


Li, X. (2018). Industrial ecology and industry symbiosis for environmental sustainability - Definitions, Frameworks and Applications. UK: Palgrave Mcmillan. https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319675008#


Li, X., Price, I., & Clark, L. (2011). A five-year profile of employee satisfaction for UK local government buildings. CFMD Working Papers.

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervisions

  • 2006:PhD Supervison (1 student)

Completed supervisions

  • 2005:PhD Supervision (1 student)

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