Our project boasts an interdisciplinary team comprising experts in sustainability, supply chain management, engineering, computer simulation and social sciences.
Steffen Boehm, Professor in Organisation and Sustainability and Director of the Sustainability and Circular Economy Research Cluster.
An expert in the political economy and political ecology of the food-water-energy-environment nexus (e.g. Böhm et al, 2015; Böhm et al, 2016; Brei and Böhm, 2014), Professor Boehm has successfully delivered research projects funded by the ESRC, British Academy, East of England Cooperative Society, Green Light Trust, and the Swedish Energy Agency. He has published over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters. He has a background in management consulting and banking and understands the organisational challenges of SMEs.
Specific contribution: As Principal Investigator, Professor Boehm leads the proposed project. With his expertise in the FBM industry and knowledge of the nexus and circular economy challenges, he also works closely with our industrial partners tailoring the research to their specific needs.
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Mickey Howard, Professor in Supply Management.
Co-founder of Exeter’s Circular Economy Business Forum, Professor Howard's research interests include the circular economy, sustainable supply chain management and procuring complex performance (e.g. Johnson et al., 2017; Howard et al., 2012; Howard et al., 2016). With a background in the automotive industry (where key waste prevention concepts such as Lean were pioneered), Prof Howard has a strong track record of industrial collaboration working with Rolls Royce Engines, BAE Systems, the MoD, Ford Motor Co, Hewlett Packard, Desso carpets and others. A leading exponent of VSM techniques, Prof Howard has run workshops with, among other, Volvo Cars and the Eden Project, realising significant savings in process improvements, and supporting strategic decision-making over implementation of new information systems in procurement and customer order fulfilment.
Specific contribution: With his expertise in supply chain management, Prof Howard works closely with each project partner on conceptualisation measures and specific methods, particularly VSM techniques. He is also exploring his concept of Circular Business Advantage.
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Navonil Mustafee, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management within the Management Studies Department.
He is an expert on computer modelling and simulation (M&S) – both extensions in methodology and practical application to supply chains. Previous research encompasses the feasibility of supply-chain-centric business models in FBM focusing on 3D chocolate printing (Jia et al, 2016); the use of agent-based and discrete-event simulation for optimising the supply chain and Maintenance, Repair and Operations activities related to offshore wind turbines (Sahnoun et al, In Press); and, using game-based simulation environment as a pedagogical tool for decision making for the blood supply chain (Mustafee et al, 2009). Dr Mustafee has also studied distributed simulation and the application of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’s 1516 High- Level Architecture Standard to execute large simulations. Contexts include analysis of a UK blood supply chain and system biology simulations. Dr Mustafee is also an internationally acknowledged expert on Hybrid Simulation with close links to the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center.
Specific contribution: Dr Mustafee leads computer modelling and simulation studies with each project partner, developing a model for each company so as to aid decision makers to design and test new operational processes, with the aim of creating more circular business practices.
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Dragan Savic, Professor of Hydroinformatics (College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences) is CWS founder and co-director.
rofessor Savic brings an expertise in modelling the water-foodenergy nexus and ecosystem services assessment (ESA). He has held an EPSRC Advanced Case For Support Case for Support Research Fellowship assessed as ‘Outstanding’, more than 20 other EPSRC grants and many industrial contracts. Professor Savic has authored or co-authored some 150 refereed journal papers. Recent topics have included operational resilience of reservoirs to climate change, agricultural demand, and tourism in Sardinia (Mereu et al., 2016); eco-friendly design in water distribution systems in China (Marques et al., 2015); and the impact of urban water supply on energy use.
Specific contribution: Prof Savic contributes to the modelling activities across all partners by developing a framework for ESA to support supply chain management decisions.
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Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia is an expert in computer modelling and artificial intelligence techniques, especially fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms, with particular application to water supply/distribution and irrigation systems for design optimisation, Expert Systems, Real-Time models and Decision Support Systems.
Specific contribution: Prof Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia works closely with Professor Savic on issues relating to the water-energy-food nexus.
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Matt Lobley, Associate Professor in Rural Resource Management (College of Social Sciences and International Studies) and LEEP Director.
Professor Lobley's research focuses on farm household behaviour and local food economies (e.g. Chiswell and Lobley, 2015; Lobley et al., 2012; Lobley et al., 2013). In addition to managing a diverse portfolio of research, Prof Lobley is actively committed to rural policy locally, regionally and nationally, and is a member of the management board of the Heart of the SW (HoTSW) Rural Growth Network, HoTSW LEP rural special interest group, a Board member of Devon Wildlife Trust and former Board member of Devon Community Council. He has contacts with Economic Development Officers within the Devon and Somerset County Councils and with Cornwall development company. Prof Lobley’s research on the Food Economy of Cornwall has shaped strategic decision-making and Objective 1/Convergence funding priorities, influencing the plans of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP. His work on the Food Economy of Devon has been widely used to support both public and private sector developments. He was also the only UK social scientist on the Scientific Advisory Committee of PrioNet Canada (2009-12). He is Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Management.
Specific contribution: Prof Lobley will help us to understand the context in which our project partners operate and the challenges and barriers they face. He will also use his regional contacts to help develop impact, preparing and running several regional and national outreach activities.
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Dan Eatherley, Research Fellow (Freelance)
Since 2007 Mr Eatherley has worked to identify and solve environmental, economic and social challenges facing organisations of many sizes and sectors, including businesses in the FBM sector. Topics include sustainable design of packaging, green procurement practices, lean manufacturing, new technologies for waste recycling and prevention as well as energy and water efficiency. Clients include the Waste and Resources Action Programme (e.g. Parfitt et al., 2013), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (e.g. Lee et al., 2012; Lee et al., 2013); the retailer Marks and Spencer and the European Commission’s Joint Research Council and the Belgian Government (Eatherley, 2016). Mr Eatherley regularly works with multiple stakeholders, gathering and evaluating data, and producing reports, good practice case studies and policy recommendations for technical and nontechnical audiences. He has personally engaged with food and beverages businesses from SMEs to multinationals such as McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Sodexo, Compass, Nestlé and Unilever. He previously worked for the BBC and others as an assistant producer making natural history documentaries (e.g. Life of Mammals, Planet Earth), and is an accomplished non-fiction writer with one book and 100+ magazine articles on science and the environment to his name.
Specific contribution: Mr Eatherley will assist Prof Boehm in managing the project, working closely with industrial partners on challenges encountered during the research, gathering data, providing advice on specific circular economy concepts, and undertaking dissemination and impact work, including managing the project’s social media presence.
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