Amy Benstead

Country of origin: United Kingdom

PhD Management Science, Lancaster University Management School

The degree which Amy studied, BSc Operations Management, is no longer available. It has been superseded by BSc Business Analytics and Consultancy. 

I graduated from LUMS in 2007 with a First Class degree in Operations Management. I have since been working in the textile industry, most recently at global sourcing company Li and Fung based in Istanbul, Turkey in the position of Senior Merchandise Manager. This role provided me with the opportunity to develop my front-line operations management skills applying what I learnt during my degree course, transferring knowledge into a practical environment and enhancing my understanding of the textile industry and the management of the supply chain.

My strong educational background certainly helped to accelerate my career, resulting in early promotion and responsibility. With seven years’ experience, including a year spent at L’Oréal during my degree course and having lived abroad, I recently decided to move back into academia. My aim is to continually build my knowledge and develop new thinking ultimately in a role which will allow me to educate others in subject areas I am passionate about.

In October 2013, I returned to the UK to start a PhD in the Department of Management Science at Lancaster. I thoroughly enjoy studying at LUMS and have an immense sense of pride in being a returning student at such a world-renowned establishment. The school has a friendly, supportive atmosphere and provides students with the perfect learning environment and the opportunity to build good working relationships and friendships with colleagues from very different cultural backgrounds.

My work focuses on the textiles sector, and in particular the recent concept of reshoring – the movement of activities associated with manufacturing back to the country from which they were previously offshored. The work is timely as there are signs that production, once outsourced to lower-cost countries, is returning to the UK. This topic is of international interest, but will be of particular benefit to the UK manufacturing sector. The research will also provide an opportunity for the University to establish further links with industry and strengthen the research profile of the Department of Management Science which fits within the current research agenda.