Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    - Business model innovations for the circular economy
    - Application of digital technologies for improving supply chain visibility

    Personal profile

    Contact Details

    Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3679 
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    Room number: ABS250


    Reader in Sustainable Operations Management, Aston Business School

    Founding Director of CEAS (Centre for Circular Economy and Advanced Sustainability) Research Centre

    Programme Director, Aston Global Innovation Challenge Alliance

    Co-Chair of Research Impact for the Logistics Research Network (LRN) / Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK


    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK

    Member of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) group at Harvard Business School, Harvard University

    Member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)


    Scholarship and Fellowship

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


    Research Interests

    Sustainable supply chains and operations management

    Circular economy strategy, policy and governance

    Circular economy business models

    Digital technology applications on sustainable operations and supply chains

    Competitive sustainability


    PhD Supervision

    I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

    - Sustainable operations and supply chains

    - Circular economy

    - Application of digital technologies in sustainable production and consumption systems

    - Sustainability strategies for organisational competitiveness


    Teaching Activity

    I teach the following topics across several postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG) programmes at Aston Business School:

    - Competitiveness Strategy (PG) 

    - Operations Strategy (PG and UG)

    - Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management (PG)

    - International Business (PG)

    - Applied Research Methods (PG)


    Administrative Roles

    Member of the Aston University Sustainability Strategy Steering Committee

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Management, Manchester Business School

    Award Date: 25 Aug 2005

    External positions

    Visiting Professor, University of Mannheim

    1 Oct 202331 Oct 2023

    External Examiner, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University Loughborough, United Kingdom

    1 Oct 2021 → …

    Visiting Professor, Postgraduate Program in Management, Business Department, University of Brasília, Brasília 70910-900, Brazil

    1 Aug 201931 Aug 2019

    External Examiner, University of Exeter

    1 Sept 201330 Sept 2017


    • AS Academies and learned societies (General)
    • Circular Economy
    • Circular Supply Chains
    • Sustainable Operations Management
    • Sustainable Supply Chain Management


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