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Research area(s)

  • Circular Economy
  • Supply Chain issues to improve the effectiveness of the value chain
  • Knowledge transfer in supply relationships & operational issues in SMEs
  • Sustainable Food Value Chain
  • Agribusiness in Africa

Research group(s)

Research Interests

Manoj’s current research is on circular economy in the agriculture and food sector which will redesign agricultural production as it is today to improve efficiency and eliminate waste and losses.

Research supervision

My research is more applied involving industries and other stakeholders. PhD candidates seeking supervision are welcome specifically in the areas mentioned above.

Research project(s) and grant(s)

  • Brunel Research Development Fund-GCRF (2018) 20,000 GBP (Principal Investigator) Topic: Mobile processing unit for fruits for the small holders’ farmers in India
  • British Council - UK India Education Research Initiative (2017-2020): 120,000 GBP (CO-I) Topic: Training for All- a capacity building initiative
  • British Council Newton Fund Grant 2016: 38,000 GBP (Principal Investigator) Topic: Lean humanitarian supply chain and logistics to ensure resilient and efficient food distribution in disasters and emergencies
  • British Academy Small Grant (2016-2018): 9,992 GBP (Principal Investigator) Topic: Mapping the impact of food waste on sustainability performance
  • Royal Academy of Engineering (2018): 40,000 GBP (CO-I) Topic: Perishable Food Cold Chain Logistics in Turkey
  • Brunel Research Initiative & Enterprise Fund (2017-18) 15,000 GBP (Principal Investigator) Topic: Mapping the impact of a circular pathway for the UK food supply chain
  • Brunel Research Development Fund-ESRC (2016-17) 3,500 GBP (Principal Investigator) Topic: Building resilience in Brazilian food supply chains
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation & New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) (Dec 2015-Nov 2016): 10,000 USD (Co-I) Topic: Priority agricultural value chains in Central Africa
  • EU Erasmus plus (2014-17): 970,879 euro (Co-Investigator) Topic: Network of universities and enterprises for food training in Southeast Asia
  • VLIR Interuniversity collaboration project (2013-2025): 3.2 million-euro (Co-I) Topic: Strengthening agribusiness value chain through community engagement in Uganda
  • EU IMSFood project (2010-2012): 700,000 euro (Co-Investigator) Topic: Innovative Management System for Food processing SMEs