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Dr Catherine (Xiaocui) Lou

PhD (VU), MSc (Applied Math), BSc (Applied Math)

Lecturer, College of Business

Dr Catherine Lou is a lecturer in supply chain and logistics in the College of Business and Project Manager at the Victoria Business Confucius Institute at Victoria University.

Catherine joined VU as a lecturer after she completed her PhD (Supply Chain Optimisation) in 2015. During her PhD she was awarded the International Student of the Year – Postgraduate by Victoria State in 2013 and has since been awarded the VU Outstanding Student Alumni Award 2015.

She has conducted research in supply chain modelling since 2008 and has a very strong background in Applied Mathematics. Catherine has received competitive research grants during her research career, including $59K externally funded.  She has a research concentration that covers topics such as:

  • supply chain management (optimisation modelling, operations management, corporate governance application in supply chain network, risk management)
  • value chain framework analysis in various industries (e.g. international education & sport industry)
  • green tourism (sustainable supply chain framework)
  • business information systems through the application of optimisation modelling, statistics, and other quantitative analysis.

In addition to her positions with the College of Business and the Victoria Business Confucius Institute, Catherine is a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities, Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics and the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies.

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Lou, C.X. & Dai, W. (2015), Optimal and stable supply chain services system: Integrating management services with robust optimisation modelling. International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking, Vol.8, No.1, pp.71–80.

Zhou, L., Lou, C.X., Chen, Y., Xia, Y. & Li, P. (2015), Multi-agent based smart cargo tracking system. International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking. Vol.8, No.1, pp. 47-60.

Conference papers

Lou, C.X. & Dai, W. (2012) Robust supply chain services system through optimisation modeling for enterprises. The 15th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems(NBiS), Melbourne, Australia.

Zhou, L. & Lou, C.X. (2012) Intelligent cargo tracking system based on the internet of things. The 15th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems (NBiS), Melbourne, Australia.

Lou, X. & Dai, W. (2012) Optimal supply chain services management for SMEs through integrated model-driven services system. The 7th International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services, Stuttgart, Germany.

Teaching responsibilities


  • BMO2201 Distribution Management
  • BMO 2181 Operations Management
  • BMO3419 Supply Chain Analytics

Postgraduate research students

Current Supervision: one PhD student

Research grants

2018: Infotecture Grant: ‘Developing a sustainable value chain framework for international students studying in Australia’, A$30,000 (Principal Chief Lead of the project, jointly held with Dr Riccardo Natoli, VU)

2013-2014: Australia-China Council Grants: Leading-edge information, communication and geospatial technologies to support ‘green growth’ and sustainable tourism in China and Australia, A$29,100 (excluding GST) (held jointly with Dr Wei Dai and Phoenix team, VU and Beihang University in China)

Areas of expertise

  • Supply chain optimisation
  • Optimisation modelling
  • International trade (Australia and China)
  • Value chain analysis

Contact details

+61 3 9919 1354