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Anna Nagurney - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Anna Nagurney

Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies, Isenberg School of Management | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Anna Nagurney studies network systems with applications including congested urban transportation networks, disaster relief and supply chains

Expertise (5)

War in in Ukraine and supply issues

Cold Chain Logistics

Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Sustainable Supply Chains

COVID-19 and supply chains


Since the start of the Russian war against Ukraine, Anna Nagurney has been called on to discuss how the war is impacting shipments of food around the world, threatening to worsen shortages.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nagurney was a go-to expert to discuss supply chain issues related to the crisis.

Her commentary and analysis has been sought by news organizations including the New York Times, the Associated Press, NPR, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Education (4)

Brown University: Ph.D., Applied Mathematics

Brown University: Sc.M., Applied Mathematics

Brown University: A.B., Russian Language and Literature

Brown University: Sc.B., Applied Mathematics

Select Media Coverage (11)

Red Sea crisis: What it takes to reroute the world's biggest cargo ships

BBC  online


Anna Nagurney, Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies at UMass Amherst, comments on choke holds developing in global trade as a result of the current Red Sea crisis. “A lot of China’s ships were rerouting and not using the Panama Canal but starting to use the Suez Canal. So now that’s going topsy-turvy,” Nagurney says.

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How Does the Absence of Ukranian Grain Affect the World Market?

BBC  tv


Anna Nagurney says, “When Russia pulled out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative just a few weeks ago, we saw a rise in wheat prices of about 10% [and] corn prices, about 8 or 9%, so clearly the escalation in prices is adding to inflation,” Nagurney says. “It’s adding also to global food insecurity.”

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Russia Launches Barrage of Strikes Across Ukraine, Targeting Infrastructure

The Wall Street Journal  print


By Monday evening, swaths of the bustling capital were cloaked in darkness. Commuters and families used cellphone flashlights to navigate the streets. “It’s creating a lot of havoc. The Ukrainians are so resilient. They’re trying to rebuild and restore electric power, but still you have blackouts and winter is approaching,” said Anna Nagurney, a U.S. professor who is a member of the international academic board at the Kyiv School of Economics.

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Supply chain disruptions cause ongoing shortages nationwide

CNBC  tv


Anna Nagurney is interviewed on global supply chain issues, this time related to tampons and hot sauce.

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Global Food Prices Are at A Record High

The Takeaway  


Anna Nagurney discusses Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian food exports, and how this is affecting global food prices and supply.

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Finance heads urged to boost fight against food insecurity

Associated Press  online


Anna Nagurney is quoted once again about the impact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is having on the global food supply and the potentiality for mass food insecurity.

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25 Investigates: Congestion in MA could exceed pre-pandemic levels

Boston 25 News  tv


Anna Nagurney comments on the increase in vehicular traffic affecting Massachusetts, and the fear that traffic congestion may exceed pre-pandemic levels.

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The Quest for a Coronavirus Vaccine

WHYY  radio


Anna Nagurney discusses the challenges of keeping vaccines cold from the point of manufacture until they are administered to people around the world.

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Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

Associated Press  print


Anna Nagurney says the need to keep a COVID-19 at a low temperature from the point of manufacture to patient delivery could leave 3 billion people without access to a-19 vaccine.

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#CareTalk Podcast Episode #69 - How Will the COVID Vaccine Get to Me? w/ Guest: Anna Nagurney

CareTalk Podcast  online


Anna Nagurney joins the CareTalk Podcast to explain why COVID vaccines will require cold chain logistics and whether or not the US is properly equipped to supply the vaccines when they become available.

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

The New York Times  print


Anna Nagurney says the COVID-19 pandemic is a pivotal time in our history creating changes in the way people shop for and prepare food. “This is a pivotal time in our history,” said Anna Nagurney, a professor in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts who studies supply chains. “Not all of what we’ve seen will stick, but a lot of it will.”

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Select Publications (7)

Why Russia pulled out of its grain deal with Ukraine – and what that means for the global food system

The Conversation

Anna Nagurney


"The Russia-Ukraine grain deal that has been critical to keeping global food prices stable and preventing famine is currently in tatters. On July 17, 2023, Russia said it was pulling out of the year-old deal, which allowed shipments of grains and other foodstuffs to travel past the Russian naval blockade in the Black Sea. And to make matters worse, over the next two days Russia bombed the Ukrainian grain port of Odesa, destroying over 60,000 tons of grain."

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Ukraine will need ‘Marshall Plan’ to address human toll of war

Chicago Sun Times

Anna Nagurney


Anna Nagurney writes an op-ed about the global humanitarian crisis emanating from the war in Ukraine, the “breadbasket” of the world. ”The solution to the rising humanitarian in Ukraine “must be comprehensive, crafted with the long-term in mind — not unlike the Marshall Plan after World War II,” she says.

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Heading into the third year of the pandemic, the US blood supply is at a 10-year low

The Conversation

Anna Nagurney


Heading into the third year of the pandemic, Anna Nagurney writes that the U.S. blood supply is at its lowest level in a decade.

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Keeping coronavirus vaccines at subzero temperatures during distribution will be hard, but likely key to ending pandemic

The Conversation

Anna Nagurney


"Just like a fresh piece of fish, vaccines are highly perishable products and must be kept at very cold, specific temperatures. The majority of COVID-19 vaccines under development – like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines – are new RNA-based vaccines. If they get too warm or too cold they spoil. And, just like fish, a spoiled vaccine must be thrown away. ..."

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The raging competition for medical supplies is not a game, but game theory can help

The Conversation

Anna Nagurney


"Most PPE and medical supplies have a limited lifespan and some in the U.S. National Stockpile no longer met quality standards, as reported by CNN in early May. This pandemic has shown us all that competition for these essential, yet limited, supplies is the reality. Game theory, the study of strategies under competition, can help."

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Dynamics of Disasters: Algorithmic Approaches and Applications (Springer Optimization and Its Applications (BOOK)


Ilias S. Kotsireas, Anna Nagurney , and Panos M. Pardalos, Editors


This book surveys new algorithmic approaches and applications to natural and man-made disasters such as oil spills, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.

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Networks Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products (BOOK)


Anna Nagurney, Min Yu, Amir H. Masoumi and Ladimer S. Nagurney


Despite significant achievements, the discipline of supply chain management is still unable to satisfactorily handle many practical real-world challenges.

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