Dr Lingxuan Liu wearing dust mask standing in front of signboards

Supply chain sustainability

All products come from somewhere, and carry explicit social, environmental and economic impacts. Yet for most consumers and business-to-business buyers, the complexities of global supply chains make it difficult to identify the sustainability of the products they purchase. 

This research stream considers the realities of global supply chains, and attempts to identify key success factors and the roots of ongoing systemic problems. 

Current focus areas include:

  • SIRIUS is a new project bringing just over €862,751 to the Pentland Centre.  SIRIUS stands for a Sustainable, Innovative, Resilient and Interconnected Urban food System. It is funded by ESRC under the JPI-UE Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas, and a consortium led by Dr Lingxuan Liu represents a collaboration between Lancaster University, The Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), and Chinese Academy of Science.

  • Rurban Revolution - a new £800,000 project, funded by the Global Food Security Programme with support from BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and The Scottish Government, considering how we could transform UK food production by radically upscaling fruit and veg growing in our towns and cities, and whether urban agriculture would make us, and our environment, healthier.  This project crosses several Pentland Centre research priorities, including Soils and sustainable land use and Food, water, energy and business.
  • CropBooster-P is a €3m EU-funded project focused on scoping the potential for boosting global crop yields for food & nutritional security and fueling a bioeconomy. Coordinated by Wageningen Research, Dr Jess Davies leads a work package that focuses on the environmental, economic and social consequences of crop boosting technologies on the horizon.
  • Research into the role of supply chain management in both international and regional environmental governance, in the context of China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).
  • Impactful research on high-value commodities, in particular, the vanilla commodity chain in Madagascar - see video below where Dr Ben Neimark discusses his research concerning this. 

Key researchers: Dr. Lingxuan Liu, Dr. Jess Davies, Dr. Ben Neimark