Meet the team

Professor Maria Piacentini

Maria is a leading expert in consumption insights, focusing on real-world problems of global significance for marketing practice and public policy. She is a Professor in the Marketing Department and Director for the Centre for Consumption Insights at Lancaster University Management School. Her work has been published in international social sciences and marketing/management journals. She is a co-chair of the Academy of Marketing SIG Consumer Research with Societal Impact, and on the steering committee for the international Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) network. Maria is the Co-Principal Investigator for PPiPL.

Professor Maria Piacentini
Professor Maria Piacentini

Dr Alison Stowell

Alison is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Sustainability, and Associate Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University. She is a Social Scientist interested in societal, management and organisational responses to waste; waste policy; values attributed to waste and waste as a particular type of work (collection, repair, reuse, recycling). Alison has worked on and led interdisciplinary projects ranging from attempts to quantify e-waste to exploring unreported e-waste flows to business and societal implications of flexible electronics. She has a sustained track record of securing funds from public and private bodies and her publication record reinforces her interdisciplinarity. Prior to becoming an academic, Alison worked in both the public and private sector for 14 years.

Alison is the Co-Principal Investigator for PPiPL

Dr Alison Stowell
Dr Alison Stowell

Dr James Cronin

James is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Deputy Director of the Centre for Consumption Insights at Lancaster University Management School. His research is oriented towards how everyday consumer practices are socially embedded and culturally shaped. This focus has brought him to consider contexts including health and food cultures, fan interests, retail-related activities, and collective forms of consumption from a variety of cross-disciplinary and critical perspectives that emphasise the socio-cultural logics of the world around us. His research has appeared in journals including Sociology of Health and Illness, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, and Consumption, Markets & Culture.

Dr James Cronin
Dr James Cronin

Dr Alexandros Skandalis

Alex is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Lancaster University Management School. His research interests revolve around consumer behaviour, consumer culture, and cultural sociology. Alex predominantly employs interpretive and qualitative research methods, such as ethnographic techniques and in-depth interviewing. His interdisciplinary work has appeared in leading international journals such as Sociology, Journal of Business Research, Marketing Theory, and Journal of Place Management and Development. His work has also been funded by external research bodies such as The British Academy. Alex brings theoretical and methodological expertise to the PPiPL project for the study of the broader institutional logics of the plastic packaging environment and the investigation of consumption behaviour in relation to plastic packaging. Along with Dr James Cronin, he is leading the Consumer Insights theme.

Dr Alexandros Skandalis
Dr Alexandros Skandalis

Professor Linda Hendry

Linda is Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Department of Management Science in Lancaster University Management School. She is a global research leader in sustainable supply chain management, and an influential scientific committee member of the European Operations Management Association Sustainability Forum. Her current research includes a focus on the reduction of plastics in the supply chain to address environmental sustainability, as well as combatting modern slavery to address social sustainability. Her work encompasses local and global supply chains, including: food and beverage production in emerging economies; and the impact of Brexit on local food supply chains. Her sustainability research builds on a strong foundation in manufacturing planning and control methods, along with continuous improvement approaches, such as Six Sigma.  All of her research focuses on engendering change and having an impact on supply chain partners to aid the competitiveness of the entire chain.

Professor Linda Hendry
Professor Linda Hendry

Dr John Hardy

John has an MSci and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol and University of York, respectively. Between 2006 and 2015, he undertook research in Chemical Engineering at the University of Strasbourg, France; in Bioengineering at the University of Bayreuth, Germany; in Biomedical Engineering, at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Florida; and in Pharmacy at Queen’s University, Belfast.

He is a 50th Anniversary Senior Lecturer in Lancaster University’s Department of Chemistry and the Materials Science Institute. His interdisciplinary research interests focus on polymer-based materials for medical and technical applications, involving collaborations with academia and industry.

Dr John Hardy
Dr John Hardy

Dr Matteo Saltalippi (to Jan 2022)

Matteo Saltalippi is an anthropologist and filmmaker with an MA and PhD in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths University of London. He has a background in visual, qualitative and quantitative methods and has conducted extensive ethnographic research around labour unrest in an industrial context in Italy. His visual production includes documentaries on contemporary art, labour struggle, environmental activism and migration, which have been screened at international film festivals such as the Workers Unite, in New York; the Royal Anthropological Institute, in Bristol; and the Ethnofest in Athens. He is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists and has experience in the private sector as senior research consultant. He is a newly-appointed Research Associate in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University Management School for the PPiPL project.

Dr Matteo Saltalippi
Dr Matteo Saltalippi

Dr Charlotte Hadley 

Charlotte is a Research Associate in the Department of Marketing at Lancaster University Management School.

Her research interests focus around the challenges embedded in the connections between everyday consumption and environmental issues, particularly in the context of food and waste. Her work employs an interpretive, qualitative approach and she has previously undertaken ethnographic research, engaging social practice theory and issues around environmentally responsible consumption.

Outside of academia, she has a passion for the great outdoors and hiking in the Lake District, as well as a keen interest in growing her own food, composting her food waste and rainwater collection.

Dr Charlotte Hadley
Dr Charlotte Hadley 

Dr Savita Verma

Savita is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Lancaster University Management School’s Department of Organisation, Work and Technology. She has a PhD in Management from the University of Leeds, and is a member of the Centre for Consumption Insights.

Savita specialises in interdisciplinary research in Supply chain and Sustainability with a key interest in behavioural theories. Her doctoral research, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, was focused on exploring supply chain employees’ perceptions and their role towards integrating sustainability in supply chain functions using qualitative approaches.

As part of the PPiPL project, she aims to contribute to reducing plastic packaging in the food supply chain by bridging the consumer attitude-behaviour gap through her work on green behaviours.

Dr Savita Verma
Dr Savita Verma

Dr Marta Ferri

Marta Ferri is a doctoral researcher in Lancaster University Management School’s Department of Organisation, Work and Technology and a member of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and focuses on single-use plastics and circular economy solutions to tackle the plastic crisis. She has experience in ethnographic fieldwork, and her work draws upon Science and Technology Theory.

Marta has professional experience as a project manager and research centre coordinator at Zero Waste Italy. She is the PPiPL project Administrator.

Dr Savita Verma

Dr Clare Mumford

Clare is a senior research associate on the Plastic Packing in People’s Lives (PPiPL) research project. Since completing her PhD in 2015, she has worked on various research projects at the University of Manchester's Work and Equalities Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Decent Work and Productivity. Her research interests focus broadly on subjective interpretations and experiences of what makes work life and working relations ‘good’ and meaningful. She specialises in qualitative research methodology and theory.

Dr Clare Mumford