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Dr Anne Touboulic

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BA (Hons) (University of Kent at Canterbury), Masters (Science Po Lille), MSc (University of Kent at Canterbury), PhD (Cardiff University)
Associate Professor in Operations Management

Division: Operations Management and Information Systems
E-mail: Anne.Touboulic@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466972
Location: C02 (Si Yuan Building, Jubilee Campus)

I joined Nottingham University Business School in 2016.

I have an interdisciplinary background and my research is inherently boundary-spanning. I am currently involved in several research projects, investigating different facets of the sustainable development agenda and its implications on organisational practices, specifically at operational and supply chain levels. My approach to research is very much forward-looking and critical, seeking to drive practice and make an impact for positive change. I have expertise in action research, critical discourse analysis and qualitative research more broadly, using a wide variety of meth ods such as reflective interviews and participatory workshops.

I am Associate Editor for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and for the open access journal M@n@gement. I am also a member of the executive committee of the EurOMA Forum on Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management.

External RolesFuture Food Beacon - Member of the Leadership Team
EcoSocieties Interdisciplinary Research Cluster - Member of the management team

Administrative Roles
SERG - Deputy Chair, Social Environmental Responsibility Group & PRME Leader

School Committee Memberships
Social and Environmental Responsibility Group 2018
My research interests lie at the intersection of sustainable development, organisational and critical theory, and supply chain management with a primary focus on driving change towards more ecologically resilient and socially equitable production and consumption networks. Most of my research focuses on the transition to sustainable food systems.

I am particularly interested in the links between micro-individual behaviours and inter-organisational practices for sustainability. I have a particular interest in the food and agriculural sectors but have conducted research in other areas such as healhtcare.

I am also passionate about engaged and innovative approaches to research, which enable collaborating with stakeholders and changing practice.

Anne is currently collaborating on the following projects:

  • Sustainability

Anne is currently supervising the following Research Students:

Pouneh Arbabiun
Wala Alsultan

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

McCarthy, L.; Touboulic, A.; Glover, J. (2021), "Who's milking it? Scripted stories of food labour", Work, Employment and Society, forthcoming 2021.

Glover, J.; Touboulic A. (2020), "Tales from the countryside: Unpacking 'passing the environmental buck' as hypocritical practice in the food supply chain", Journal of Business Research, forthcoming 2020.

Touboulic, A. , McCarthy, L., Matthews, L. (2020), "Re-imagining supply chain challenges through critical engaged research", Journal of Supply Chain Management: a global review of purchasing and supply, Vol.56(2), 36-51.

Trautrims, A; Gold, S; Emberson, C; Touboulic, A; Carter, H. (2020), "The UK construction and facilities management sector's response to the Modern Slavery Act: an intra-industry initiative against modern slavery", Business Strategy and Development, forthcoming 2020.

Sartor, M.; Orzes, G.; Nassimbeni, G.; Touboulic, A.; Culot, G. (2019), "ISO 14001 standard: Literature review and theory-based research agenda", Quality Management Journal, Vol.26(1), 32-64.

Touboulic, A.; McCarthy, L. (2019), "Collective Action in SCM: A call for activist research", International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol.31(1), 3-20.

Camman, C; Touboulic, A, (2018), "Regards critiques en supply chain management", Revue Franšaise de Gestion, Vol.44(277), 109-124.

McCarthy, L.; Touboulic, A.; Matthews, L. (2018), "Voiceless but empowered farmers in corporate supply chains: Contradictory imagery and instrumental approach to empowerment", Organization, Vol.25 (5), pp. 609-635.

Touboulic, A.; Matthews, L.; Marques, L. (2018), "On the road to carbon reduction in a food supply network: A complex adaptive systems perspective", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol.23 (4), pp. 313-335.

Wang, Y.; Touboulic, A.; O'Neil, M. (2018), "An exploration of solutions for improving access to affordable fresh food with disadvantaged Welsh communities", European Journal of Operational Research, Vol.268 (3), pp. 1021-1039.

Matthews, L., Power, D., Touboulic A., Marques-Gomes, L. (2016), "Building bridges: Towards an alternative theory of sustainable supply chain management.", Journal of Supply Chain Management: a global review of purchasing and supply, Vol.52 (1).

Meehan, J., Touboulic, A., Walker, H. (2016), "Time to get real: The case for critical action research in purchasing and supply management.", Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol.22, pp. 255-257.

Touboulic, A. & Walker, H, (2016), "A relational, transformative and engaged approach to sustainable supply chain management: The potential of action research.", Human Relations, Vol.69(2), 301-343.

Touboulic, A. & Walker, H. (2015), "Love me, love me not: A nuanced view of collaboration in sustainable supply chains.", Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol.21 (3), 178-191.

Touboulic, A. & Walker, H. (2015), "Theories in sustainable supply chain management: a structured literature review.", International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol.45 (1/2), 16-42.

Touboulic, A., Chicksand, D. & Walker, (2014), "Managing imbalanced triadic buyer-supplier-supplier relationships for sustainability: A power perspective.", Decision Sciences, Vol.45 (4), 577-619.

Chapters in Books

Touboulic, A., Ejodame, E. (2016), "Are we really doing the \"right thing\"? From sustainability imperialism in global supply chains to an inclusive emerging economy perspective", in Implementing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Into Global Supply Chains., Greenleaf Publishing.


Begum, H., Touboulic, A. Walker, H. 2016, "Stakeholder engagement and sensemaking in pursuit of reducing carbon emissions through procurement.", in 25th Annual IPSERA Conference.

Touboulic, A., McCarthy, L. 2016, "Who do they think we are? Buyers portraying the sustainability of their suppliers.", in 3rd EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum.

Book Reviews

Touboulic, A. 2016, "Thomas E. Johnsen, Mickey Howard, and Joe Miemczyk. Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: A Sustainability Perspective. Oxon, UK: Routledge (2014)", in Journal of Marketing Channels, 85-87.



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