Virginia L M Spiegler is a lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Kent and director of the MSc programme in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She obtained PhD and MSc degrees in Supply Chain Dynamics from Cardiff Business School and a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Her research interests relate primarily to modelling and designing inventory- and order-based control systems that overcome nonlinear, real world dynamics and to building resilient supply chains. Her work has provided contribution to the area of supply chain risk management by encapsulating the attributes of resilience and using an iterative cycle between theory and practice. Her research proved to assist companies, such as in the food and drink industry, to increase their ability to deal with disturbances emerging from its supply chain.