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Resource-smart food production and consumption

The current Food Supply Chain system based on the linear supply chain operating model is unquestionably unsustainable. In the linear FSC, raw materials are extracted from the land and subsequently processed into final products, which are consumed by people or discarded as waste.

Waste food is often disposed to landfills, mostly with little or no recovery of the products and/or embedded materials. Recently, the concept of the Circular Economy (CE) has emerged in food supply chains due to the need for organisations to become more sustainable. CE is an alternative to the traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, the maximum value is extracted from them whilst in use, then recovery and regeneration of products and materials occurs at the end of each service life.

Research aims

The purpose of our research is to advocate for food system approaches to tackle the inherent links between ecosystems, food production, the food chain and consumer health and wellbeing.

Our research aims to:

  • deliver diverse and healthy food
  • increase resource efficiency and environmental performance of food systems from primary production to consumers
  • understand the impact of climate change on agriculture, resources, food quality and identify options to manage its effects
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions and emissions of air pollutants from land use and food production considering main drivers such as inputs and consumption patterns

Our activities will contribute to creating the conditions for dynamic and innovative farming and food sectors that manage to turn high-quality products and high environmental standards into a competitive advantage. They will help to ensure food production under future, increasingly uncertain, environmental conditions and move towards resource-smart, climate-smart and "eco-healthy" production and consumption. The activities will contribute to the focus area on climate-resilient future and the "Circular Economy".

Our research supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 2 'Zero Hunger' and SDG 12 'Responsible consumption and production'.

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Dr Manoj Dora - Dr Manoj Dora is currently the Director of Collaborative Projects and Outreach at Brunel Business School. He is also heading the Operations & Information Systems Management Group. Manoj has several years of experience in teaching, research and consultancy worldwide. He is the founder of “Circular Food Forum” which brings together academic, industries and policy makers to facilitate dialogue and take forward research agenda. Manoj's areas of specializations are Sustainable Value Chain and Quality Management with a focus on Lean Six Sigma in the agro-food sector. His research is an innovative application of cross-cutting operations management theories such as Lean and Six Sigma in the agriculture and food sector which will redesign agricultural production as it is today to improve efficiency and eliminate waste and losses. He has been involved in many capacity building initiatives focusing on the circular economy, humanitarian operations, industry 4.0 and food supply chain in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. At the same time, he has also worked with over 50 SMEs to implement lean principles as part of their operations. Manoj has been successful in acquiring research grants from the World Bank, European Commission (FP7), British Academy, UKIERI, British Council, Newton Fund and several private companies. He is also appointed as a subject expert at the European Commission, ESRC, VINOVA in the field of food research and circular economy. Manoj is two times recipient of "Best Supervisor of the year" award organised by the Union of Brunel students. PhD candidates who are interested in applied research and believe in contributing to society with their research in these areas: #CircularEconomy #SustainableFood #ValueChain #Industry4.0 (#Blockchain, #IoT, #AI) #LeanManagement #HumanitarianOperations #ModernSlavery. Please get in touch. He holds a PhD from Ghent University in Belgium. He has received a MA in Economics from Vanderbilt University in the USA supported by International Ford Foundation. He has several publications in the high impact journals and disseminated his research in reputed forum such as TEDx and Cambridge Festival of Ideas at the University of Cambridge.

Related Research Group(s)

Operations and Information Systems Management

Operations and Information Systems Management - We specialize in responsible and sustainable operation management exploring information systems, operations research, management science, and general management and strategic management knowledge and approaches across public and private industry sectors

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability - Our focus is on how individuals, businesses and societies can tap into creative and entrepreneurial flair to develop innovative solutions, in order to not only create economic value, but also solve social and environmental problems.

Partnering with confidence

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Project last modified 14/12/2021