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

M. Ali Ülkü, Ph.D., P.Eng., is the Director of the Centre for Research in Sustainable Supply Chain Analytics. Dr. Ülkü's research includes studies in circular and sustainable supply chain and (humanitarian) logistics systems, analysis of manufacturing/retailing and service operations, green marketing and optimal contract designs, analytical modelling of sustainable consumption and development, and interdisciplinary research on big data and societal/environmental problems. Ali believes in the "science and teaching of better" and is an avid supporter of student-led research.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • Research Star Award, Faculty of Management, 2021
  • Distinguished Professor Award, IEOM Society, 2019
  • Program Chair, Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) 60th Annual Conference, 2018
  • Best Paper Award in the Service Science Cluster (runner up), INFORMS Conference, 2013
  • Associate Editor of INFOR (Information Systems and Operational Research, 2021–present) and IJEGST (Int. J. of Environmental Sustainability and Green Technologies, 2021–present)

Selected Recent Publications

  • A game-theoretic analysis of the impact of government subsidy on optimal product greening and pricing decisions in a duopolistic market. Ling, Y., Xu, J., & Ülkü, M. A. Journal of Cleaner Production 338,  130028  (2022)
  • Reconciling conflict of interests in a green retailing channel with green sales effort. Heydari, J., Bineshpour, P., Walther, G., & Ülkü, M. A. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services 64, 102752  (2022)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Current Teaching

  • COMM 4520 - Supply Chain Planning & Execution
  • COMM 3407 - Logistics & Supply Chain Management