Amy Benstead

Amy Benstead


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Dr Amy Benstead is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Management at The University of Manchester (Department of Materials, Faculty of Science & Engineering). She holds a PhD in Management Science from Lancaster University Management School and is a board member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA).

She has considerable knowledge and international experience gained in the fashion industry, most recently as Senior Merchandise Manager based in Istanbul, Turkey at global sourcing company Li & Fung, where her main responsibilities included managing the sourcing and production for major UK fashion retailers. Amy has a high level of technical and commercial competence in the textiles and fashion industry with skills in sourcing, garment costing, sales, critical path management, CSR, compliance, quality systems and employee

Amy graduated with an MRes in Management Science (2014) and BSc (Hons) in Operations Management (Industry) (2007) from Lancaster University where she was awarded an ESRC studentship and completed a PhD in Management Science. Her PhD research has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Operations and Production Management category.

One of Amy's recent paper published in the International Journal of Operations and Product Management (IJOPM) has won a 2019 Emerald Literati Award and investigates collaboration amongst brands and retailers in response to modern slavery legislation.

Amy’s research interests include socially sustainable supply chain management and global sourcing within the textiles and fashion industry, with a particular focus on modern slavery and reshoring – the movement of activities associated with manufacturing back to the country from which they were previously offshored.

Amy teaches on a number of units in the Department of Materials relating to Business Ethics, Sustainability & CSR, Operations Management and Fashion Management.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

Visiting Researcher , University of Bergamo

Jul 2022

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


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