AUA Public Events
On September 6, the Acopian Center for the Environment in collaboration with Manoogian Simone College of Business and Economics will host Sustainable Food Supply Chains: Scenario Planning and Evaluation. The main goal of the talk is to discuss innovations and transitions to a resilient natural-resource use for food supply chains globally. The talk will focus on the impacts of climate change, the influences of changing consumer behaviors, and the impacts of rapid urbanization worldwide.
Regional impact scenarios of climate change show a high risk of supply deadlocks, creating critical food-security challenges in some regions. New management approaches to food supply chains require “integrated” and system-level solutions. A conceptual integration beyond the primary/agricultural sectors should be carried out especially for water or energy intensive food industries.
Conceptualizing such a resource nexus combined with eco-innovations for supply chains offer policy directions and recommendations that the speaker will discuss. Such integrated scenarios will also help businesses and industries understand how to adjust to expected changes in supplies and their values, particularly in the context of urban food systems.
About the Speakers:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Melkonyan is an executive board member of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic at the University of Duisburg-Essen and a senior lecturer for the International Master Studies in Sustainable Urban Systems at the same University. She is currently coordinating a project funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) called Innovative Logistics for Sustainable Lifestyles (ILoNA), where she develops and assesses sustainability potentials in food supply chains working with partners from the industry. Other projects she is involved in include the Green Capital City of Europe 2017 and New Mobility Concepts along Emscher (NEMO).
Dr. Melkonyan completed her Master’s thesis at Yerevan State University’s Faculty of Economics.She has completed her habilitation (Venia Legendi in Environmental Sciences) on the climate -change influences on agricultural sectors in developing countries. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty for Biology. Her Ph.D. work was on statistical analysis of long-term air pollution in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Dr. Melkonyan has published more than twenty scientific publications and two monographs.