M. Ali Ülkü

Professor; Director, Centre for Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Analytics

Email: ulku@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4098
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Room 4062
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2


  • PhD (Waterloo), Management Sciences
  • MSc (Çukurova), Operations Research
  • BSc (Bilkent), Industrial Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Ülkü is Director of the Centre for Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Analytics. His writings include the theoretical modeling of service and manufacturing systems, the development of practical logistics policies for green supply chains, and such interdisciplinary topics as behavioural issues in operations management, sustainable consumption, and the mathematical modeling of societal problems. Ali believes in the “science and teaching of better.”

Selected Awards and Honours

  • 2019, Distinguished Professor Award, IEOM Society
  • 2018, Program Chair, Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) 60th Annual Conference
  • 2017, Academic Innovation Fund, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, $10,000
  • 2014, Invited Keynote Speaker, Institute for Supply Management (ISM)-Central Ohio, USA
  • 2013, Best Paper Award in the Service Science Cluster (runner up), INFORMS Conference

Selected Publications

  • The impact of abusing return policies: A newsvendor model with opportunistic consumers. Ülkü, M.A., & Gürler, Ü. International Journal of Production Economics 203, 124-133  (2018)
  • Retailers beware: On denied product returns and consumer behavior. Dailey, L.C. & Ülkü, M.A. Journal of Business Research 86, 202-209  (2018)
  • Towards sustainable consumption and production: Competitive pricing of modular products for green consumers. Ülkü, M.A. & Hsuan, J. Journal of Cleaner Production 142, 4230-4242  (2017)
  • On physical internet logistics: Modeling the impact of consolidation on transportation and inventory costs. Venkatadri, U., Krishna, S.K. &  Ülkü, M.A. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering 13(4), 1517-1527  (2016)
  • Modeling the impact of donor behavior on humanitarian aid operations. Ülkü, M.A., Bell, K.M., & Gray Wilson, S. Annals of Operations Research 230, 153-168  (2015)

Current Teaching

  • BUSI 6555 - Supply Chain Management 
  • BUSI 6408/COMM3408 - Transport Modes & Policy
  • COMM 4520 - Supply Chain Planning & Execution
  • COMM 3407 - Logistics Management