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School of Business and Management

Mr Guven Demirel


Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management

Room Number: Room 2.31, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
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Office Hours: Monday 11.00am - 1.00pm; Wednesday 1.00pm - 3.00pm




Dr Güven Demirel is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Queen Mary University of London. He holds a PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He previously worked as Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany; as Research Fellow at the Nottingham University Business School, UK and Lecturer at the Essex Business School, UK. 



  • BUSM014: Quantitative Research Methods
  • BUSM131: Masterclass in Business Analytics


He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



Research Interests:

Guven conducts interdisciplinary research on complex systems, investigating the stability and resilience of supply networks, international business networks, and ecological networks; the effectiveness of supplier development programs; and the co-evolution of the network structure and contact processes. He uses methods from complex networks, dynamical systems theory, operations research, and game theory.

Centre and Group Membership:



  • Demirel, G., MacCarthy, B. L., Ritterskamp, L., Champneys, A. R. & Gross, T. 2019 Identifying dynamical instabilities in supply networks using generalized modeling. Journal of Operations Management 65, 136-159.
  • Ritterskamp, D., Demirel, G., Rudolf, L., Champneys, A. R., MacCarthy, B. L. & Gross, T. 2018 Revealing instabilities in a generalized triadic supply network: a bifurcation analysis. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 28, 073103.
  • Quigley, J., Walls, L., Demirel, G., MacCarthy, B. L. & Parsa, M. 2018 Supplier quality improvement: The value of information under uncertainty. European Journal of Operational Research 264 (3), 932-947.
  • Demirel, G., Barter, E. & Gross, T. 2017 Dynamics of epidemic diseases on a growing adaptive network. Scientific Reports 7, 42352.
  • Silk, H., Demirel, G., Homer, M. & Gross, T. 2014 Exploring the adaptive voter model dynamics with a mathematical triple jump. New Journal of Physics 16, 093051.
  • Demirel, G., Vazquez, F., Böhme, G. A. & Gross, T. 2014 Moment-closure approximations for discrete adaptive networks. Physica D 267, 68-80.
  • Couzin, I. D., Ioannou, C. C., Demirel, G., Gross, T., Torney, C. J., Hartnett, A., Conradt, L., Levin, S. A. & Leonard, N. E. 2011 Uninformed individuals promote democratic consensus in animal groups. Science 334, 1578-1580.
  • Demirel, G., Prizak, R., Reddy, P. N. & Gross, T. 2011 Cyclic dominance in adaptive networks. European Physical Journal B 84, 541-548.
  • Atilgan, C., Demirel, G. & Atilgan, A. R. 2008 Collective behavior of El Farol attendees. Advances in Complex Systems 11, 629_639.


Areas of Supervision Expertise:

Dr Guven Demirel welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in the optimization problems in supply chain management, the design of supplier contracts, and the application of dynamical systems and complex networks methods and approaches to business networks.

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