Elena Belavina

Elena Belavina

  • Associate Professor

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Faculty Expertise

  • Operations Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics
  • Consulting
  • Decision Making
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Food and Agricultural Economics


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration


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Elena Belavina is an Associate Professor at the SC Johnson College of Business. She collaborates with startups, established companies and public agencies to study issues of sustainable urban transportation, food waste, grocery retail and supply chains. Her recent research has studied how the grocery industry's structure and pricing policies influence food waste, the environmental impact of online grocery shopping and the design of bike-share systems. She has also studied sustainable sourcing, relational contracts and supply network design including the role of supply chain intermediaries. Methodologically, her research involves holistic analysis of logistic and economic systems, and econometric analysis of large datasets to advise on system improvements and policies.

Prior to joining Johnson, Elena was on the faculty of the Booth school at Chicago, earned a Ph.D. from INSEAD and bachelor and master degrees in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Finalist IBM Service Science Best Student Paper Competition for paper "Route Preference and Station Network in the London Bike Share System" (2018) INFORMS Service Science Section
  • Business of Food Grants Program Recipient (2019)
  • Best paper Award (3rd place) (2011) Junior Faculty Interest Group
  • Runner-up, The George and Marrion Plossl Research Fellowship (2010) Association for Chain Management (APICS) Educational and Research Foundation
  • Finalist IBM Service Science Best Student Paper Competition for paper "The Environmental Assessment of Online Grocery Shopping" (2018) INFORMS Service Science Section

Recent Courses

  • HADM 2010 - Hospitality Quantitative Analysis
  • HADM 4015/HADM 6015 - Operations Analysis and New Business Models
  • HADM 9980 - Operations of Digital Business Models and Marketplaces

Academic Degrees

  • PhD INSEAD, 2012
  • MS Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 2007
  • BS Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 2007