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1st ReTraCE Network School

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
ReTraCE: Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy
ReTraCE: Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy

Sheffield University Management School will be hosting an international summer school (3-7 June 2019) focussed on Circular Economy.

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their useful life.

Realising the Transition to the Circular Economy (ReTraCE) is a €4 million research project funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks and led by the University of Sheffield. The project brings together world-leading experts from a wide set of beneficiaries and partners to achieve breakthroughs in understanding how the transition towards a circular economy can be realised – both within existing organisations and industries as well as through innovative and sustainable business models.

The Network School is the first project event associated with the ReTraCE project and brings together all members of the project from all over the world. Speakers include academics and practitioners from industry, public authorities and the third sector[.

Project leader, Professor Andrea Genovese said: “We are really looking forward to hosting the whole community of the ReTraCE project, and a lot of external guests, here in Sheffield.”

“We have tried our best to design an exciting training week. Participants will not only gain new knowledge and skills, but also establish a network of relationships which will fully equip a cohort of thought leaders capable of driving our transition towards a Circular Economy. The collective intelligence, enthusiasm and strength of our ESRs will be the true driving force of the project.”

There are a few places available for Early Career Researchers and students from other institutions that are not part of the ReTraCE consortium. To book a place, please contact Network Manager, Patrizia Baldi (p.baldi@sheffield.ac.uk).

A full agenda of the event is available here.


University of Sheffield to lead €4 million research project exploring a more sustainable future

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

ReTraCE: Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy

ReTraCE: Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy

The University of Sheffield will lead a €4 million research project and train a new cohort of thought leaders to drive the transition towards a more sustainable mode of production and consumption in Europe over the coming decades.

Realising the Transition to the Circular Economy (ReTraCE) is a research project funded by Horizon 2020 EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks and will support the implementation of the European Commission’s Circular Economy strategy.

A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their useful life.

The project will bring together world-leading experts from a wide set of beneficiaries and partners to achieve breakthroughs in understanding how the transition towards a circular economy can be realised – both within existing organisations and industries as well as through innovative and sustainable business models.

Professor Andrea Genovese, from the University of Sheffield’s Management School and Principal Investigator of the ReTraCE initiative, said:

“This project will directly facilitate the implementation of the recently adopted ambitious Circular Economy strategy of the European Commission, which is closely linked to Sustainable Development Goals – the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

Looking beyond the current take-make-dispose extractive industrial model, a circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy. It aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits, where products are kept in use for as long as possible, with value recovery and regeneration at the end of their useful life.”

The consortium of ten beneficiaries is led by the University of Sheffield and includes seven academic and three non-academic groups: The University of Kassel (Germany), Parthenope University of Naples (Italy), Olympia Electronics S.A (Greece), Tata Steel (UK), University of Kent (UK), ABIS – Academy of Business in Society (Belgium), Dalarna University (Sweden), Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands), and SEERC – The South-East European Research Centre (Greece).

The network will design and deliver world-class multidisciplinary training to 15 early stage researchers, offering them an extended and valuable program of international exchanges and secondments through a wide network of partner organisations – from public, private and third sector.

The multi-disciplinary project will draw upon research that will advance the current understanding of the circular economy from economic, environmental and social perspectives, providing policy insights and implications for practice.

It is envisaged that, by the end of the project, early stage researchers will be employable by research institutions, public sector bodies and within a wide range of manufacturing and service industries which will require new professional profiles for realising the transition towards the circular economy.

Call for applications

The project has a call for applications for 15 Early Stage Researcher positions funded by the EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 scheme. Find out more about the project on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

International links for LSCM’s Dr Genovese

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ISOLDE (International Symposium On Locational DEcisions) is a prestigious triennial conference which gathers researchers and practitioners from all over the world, aiming at integrating different approaches to deal with locational decisions.

This year’s ISOLDE was organised by Sheffield University Management School academic Dr Andrea Genovese, along with the conference chair Professor Giuseppe Bruno (from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy), Dr Carmela Piccolo (from the same institution) and Dr Maria Barbati (from University of Portsmouth), pictured below.

Isolde Genovese

2014’s ISOLDE was held in Italy and, sticking with tradition, the scientific programme took place across two different locations. This year, it was the turn of Naples and of the island of Capri.

More than 100 experts from operational research, mathematics, management science, geography, economics and engineering disciplines, among others, have presented their more recent advances in modelling, theory and applications, with contributions dealing with logistics, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunication industries.  Several special issues will be linked to the conference.
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LSCM research on local airport reaches new heights

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Dr Niraj Kumar and Dr Andrea Genovese have been featured extensively in the local press, regarding their research  on Robin Hood Airport (RHA).

The academic due, from the Logistics and Supply Chain Management division of Sheffield University Management School, discussed a number of subjects related to the airport in the context of their research – primarily observing that the opportunity to add new destinations to RHA’s is there and, should they do so, the airport would be used more extensively by the local population.

Economic migration, perception of the airport, business links and its freight/distribution opportunities were also discussed in the extensive piece, which you can view by clicking on the image on this article, or following the links below.

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/90-would-use-airport-if-more-destinations-were-offered-1-6403074

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/more-strings-to-robin-hood-airport-s-bow-1-6403070

Call for Papers: Doctoral Student Conference on ‘Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management’

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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Leaders of the conference, Dr Andrea Genovese and Dr Niraj Kumar (pictured left), aim to bring together young researchers (mainly doctoral students and early career researchers) to present their research works in a constructive environment and to facilitate and exchange research ideas, and receive constructive feedback on their work. The conference provides the ideal opportunity to network with your peers from other management and business schools in UK. The conference is sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), and no fee will be charged for registration and attendance.The theme is ‘Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management’, reflecting the key challenges for future in manufacturing and service sector. Papers on all topics related to the theme are invited, however preference will be given to the following topics:

  • Resource-efficient production
  • Sustainable design of production networks
  • Green and lean production and supply chains
  • Business models for sustainable operations
  • Information systems for sustainable supply chain
  • Supply chain environmental impacts measurement
  • Performance measures, metrics, and impact of sustainable businesses
  • Design of resource-efficient logistics networks
  • Socially responsible logistics and supply chains
  • Reverse logistics
  • Reference models for green production and supply chains
  • Sustainability issues in manufacturing and services sector
  • Strategies and decision making for resource efficient production and supply chains

The conference is intended as a forum for presenting innovative and transformational ideas in the field; submissions addressing contemporary and future practical challenges in the transition towards sustainable and resource-efficient operations are strongly encouraged.

Presenting at the conference is not mandatory, however it is highly encouraged, especially for students who may have little previous experience or who wish to present in a relaxed environment among peers.

Important Dates

Registration opening: 1 February 2014
Submission of extended abstract deadline: 28 February 2014
Notification of Acceptance: 14 March 2014
Submission of Full paper: 1 May 2014
Registration deadline: 10 May 2014
Conference: 5 June 2014

Instruction for contributors

  • An extended abstract (maximum 1,000 words) should be submitted by email to the organising team (contact details below) before the deadline – 28 February 2014
  • Abstracts will undergo blind review process and author(s) will be informed about the decision
  • Author(s) of the accepted abstract will be invited to submit the full paper (no more than ten pages) on their work. Full papers are accepted on the assumption that they are the original work of the authors, and previously not published
  •  Author(s) of the accepted papers (at least one person) must register, attend the conference and present the paper. For registering, authors can send an email with their details (Name, Affiliation and email address) to the organising team (contact details below)
  • The ‘Best Paper’ awards will be announced at the end of the conference

Organising team:

Dr Andrea Genovese, Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3347
E-mail: a.genovese@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Niraj Kumar, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3360
E-mail: n.kumar@sheffield.ac.uk

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research (LSCM) Centre
Sheffield University Management School, The University of Sheffield, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL, UK

 

Making links: Logistics and Supply Chain Management in India

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Dr Andrea GenoveseIndia can learn from our mistakes, suggests Dr Andrea Genovese from Sheffield University Management School.

On a recent visit to a workshop concerning the NEX-GIFT project, Dr Genovese, pictured right, was keen to speak to practitioners, journalists and fellow international academics about India’s fortunate position in the improvement and diversification of India’s freight logistics.

Speaking to trade publication TransREporter, Dr Genovese, who is a lecturer on Sheffield University Management School’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, said: “The real objective of the project [NEX-GIFT] is to establish a forum where both practitioners and academics and introduce best practices in next generation logistics transportation for freight. One of the limitations people always point out when it comes to academic research is that there is a difference between what we work on, and the real world. So this project tries to bridge that gap.

“We want to promote use of greener transportation. Road transport is the most polluting mode of transport because, especially in India, the fleet in terms of vehicles that are used to move things around is not very green. So, moving to railways and waterways can cut the cost of fuel consumption and lessen CO2 emissions too. Furthermore, promoting mitigation measures (like shipment consolidation, adoption of greener vehicles and more efficient driving styles) can also reduce the impact of road freight transport.”

Sheffield University Management School nurtures its close relations with industry and Dr Genovese’s course, which is run by programme director and leader of the NEX-GIFT project Dr Alok Choudhary, benefits from especially close links. Each student undertakes a company project working on a real-life problem within industry and field-visits to relevant sites and exhibitions in England are also a significant element of the Msc Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The NEX-GIFT project’s intention to bring together academic theory and logistics practitioners to find a model for best practice is unique in its approach – it has led to a great deal of international collaboration and two more workshops are planned in the USA and at Sheffield University Management School.

Working directly with Indian partners on the project has led to Dr Genovese’s assertion that India can learn from Western mistakes. He said: “India is still considered to be a developing country. What this means to me is that you still have the possibility of doing things better than we in the Western economy have done. So, India can learn from our mistakes (for example, the massive shift from railways to freight that there has been in the UK in the last 50 years) and we can learn about logistics approaches being developed in India.”

On being asked why the University of Sheffield wanted India to be part of the NEX-GIFT study, Dr Genovese said: “India’s economy is one of the biggest in the world and it is a country where the internal demand for goods is expected to rise in the next three years. And there is an emerging middle class that will request more goods, given the economic growth India is experiencing. This will cause an increase in the need for more logistics activities.”

Dr Genovese has also identified a large gap in logistics and supply chain management education in India, despite it being a prominent area of growth. Our collaborations with the Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) Delhi and two universities in the USA have proved very fruitful, but it is important that with government support, more young Indians consider logistics as a career option.

Following the successful Sustainable Next Generation Freight Transportation Workshop, which was hosted at ITT Delhi, Dr Genovese and the Sheffield team are moving the project forward. The next step includes establishing a collaborative online platform which shares success stories from different companies; it will focus on the main industry-academia collaborative opportunities and the role which government can play.

Read more about Sheffield University Management School’s MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management on our website: www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/msc/lscm

 

Read more about this story on the related article on Maritime Gateway and TransREporter, two prominent Indian publications for Logistics practitioners:

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