Dr. Rita Difrancesco is a visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. She is assistant professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at EADA Business School Barcelona (Spain). Her research focuses on closed-loop supply chains, product returns management for online retailing and sustainability. Dr. Difrancesco holds a PhD in Supply Chain Management from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany) and a Master degree in Engineering Management from Sapienza – University of Rome (Italy). Prior to joining academia, she worked in the fields of project management, IT consultancy and logistics.