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‘Gothenburg has become my second home’

Linda Genborg 2013-11-20

Professor Anna Nagurney after the graduation ceremony in June 2013. The School of Business Economics and Law in Gothenburg.
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Professor Anna Nagurney after the graduation ceremony in June 2013. The School of Business Economics and Law in Gothenburg.

Professor Anna Nagurney may be back home in the US - but Gothenburg still holds a place in her heart.

A John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, she came to Gothenburg in 2012 as part of the Visiting Professors Programme at the School of Business, Economics and Law.

“I saw an ad in The Economist that intrigued me and since I knew that I would have an upcoming sabbatical and I wanted to spend more time in Europe, especially in Sweden, I applied for the position. I was thrilled when I heard the news that I had been selected,” says Anna Nagurney to Göteborg Daily.

She was already well-aware of the School of Business, Economics and Law’s research in transportation and logistics, as well as in environmental economics.

During the past two years she has visited Gothenburg and the university five times and on each occasion for weeks at a time.

“I very much enjoy my colleagues there, the staff and the bright students that I have had wonderful experiences interacting with and collaborating with.”

“What I find unique about the School of Business, Economics and Law, is how my group there celebrates research. When someone published an article, we have a cake! Plus, once a week we all get together for delicious coffee and pastry – such activities build a great community.”

Through the Visiting Professorship Programme she has had the opportunity to meet faculty members from across the world, including India, the US, Italy, Austria and Israel.

“This is a very special programme that has gotten a lot of support from industry. I hope that it can continue.”

The expertise of her new colleagues inspired Anna Nagurney to extend her research in transportation and logistics to include freight and sustainability. Her time in Gothenburg has been professionally rewarding on many levels.

“I co-authored a new book, ‘Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products,’ published in 2013, and I have helped students on various research topics, plus I have given many lectures on topics ranging from Operations Management to Supply Chains and Financial Networks,” says Anna.

“I have also given invited seminars at Chalmers. And given the number of conferences that take place in Gothenburg, I have been able to speak and participate at these events and they have been wonderful!”

Anna Nagurney has been a visiting professor, scholar, fellow or fulbrighter at several universities both in the US and in Europe. She describes Gothenburg as one of her favourite cities in the world.

When visiting the city she feels like a local. She enjoys shopping for food in the stores, walking for miles through the parks and the Botanical Gardens, visiting the museums or drinking coffee outside one of the many cafés, sometimes wrapped up in one of the provided blankets.

“The people are so friendly, the architecture is beautiful, and the parks and the museums simply stunning.”

“The museums are always a big attraction for me; the World Culture Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Art Museum, and the Universeum are some of my favourites, as are the special events from the Book Fair to the outdoor music concerts. Last summer, I enjoyed Midsummer with the singing and dancing in Slottsskogen,” says Anna.

“I enjoy going out with friends to the great restaurants in Gothenburg and cafes and exploring the city and surrounding areas. The various baristas may not see me for weeks but remember my order - Gothenburg has become my second home.”

She finds Gothenburg to be a very liveable city, and especially mentions how she is impressed by the infrastructure and how the city is continuously working on improving the sidewalks and roads.

“I wish that the US paid similar attention to infrastructure improvements. There is aesthetic beauty in the infrastructure as well as functionality.”

When it comes to differences between Sweden and the US…

“I am so impressed by the social welfare system in Sweden and the emphasis placed on parental leave, quality family time, as well as the excellent healthcare. Maybe some think that it is a cliché but to see male colleagues with baby strollers always make me smile!”

“I also very much appreciate the close collaborations and interactions between industrial partners and academia in Sweden, which enriches both. Many companies in Sweden practice what they preach in terms of sustainability.”

Anna Nagurney plans to return to Gothenburg again in early 2014.

“I miss seeing my colleagues, the staff, the students, and the friends that I have made. Everyone has been so gracious to me and I continue to marvel at the quality of life in Sweden,” she tells Göteborg Daily.

Professor Anna Nagurney is an operations researcher on transportation and logistics and many industrial applications of supply chains from pharmaceuticals and healthcare to humanitarian logistics as well as sustainability. She also works on network systems, broadly defined, including the Internet.

Professor Nagurney has held Visiting Faculty appointments at her alma mater Brown University and at MIT. She was a Science Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In Europe, her first Visiting Professorship was in Sweden at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, in 1996. She also held a Distinguished Chaired Fulbright Professorship at the SOWI Business School at the University of Innsbruck in Austria in 2002.

This article was created in collaboration with Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg.

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