The SME Low Carbon Project Team

Meet the SME Low Carbon project team who are here to help you with your program needs.

Project Director

Prasanta Dey : Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey is a Professor of Operations Management at Aston...

Project Manager

Jamal Lea : Jamal is an enthusiastic business sustainability and low-carbon practitioner with a successful...

Business Development Manager

John Kyffin Hughes : John has worked in the field of environmental and carbon management for...

Project Coordinator

Adiba Amin : Adiba has diverse experience in Administration and Coordination for Charities, Construction, and...

Aston University’s low carbon business support programme provides dedicated one-to-one academic support to assist SMEs in reducing their carbon footprint. Our Academics have extensive experience is supply chain management. Our Academics include

Operations & Information Management Group
Dr Pavel Albores

Head of Department/Senior Lecturer Operations Management

Dr Ahmad Beltagui

Lecturer Project and Operations Management

Dr Soumyadeb Chowdhury

Lecturer Information Communication Technology

Professor Ben Clegg

Professor of Operations Management

Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey

Professor of Operations Management

Dr Breno Nunes

Senior Lecturer Sustainable Operations Management

Chris Owen

Teaching Fellow/Director of DBA

Ozren Despic

Lecturer Management Science

Dr. Oscar Rodriguez Espindola

Lecturer Operations & Supply Chain Management

Dr. Andrew Greasley

Lecturer Technology & Operations Management

Dr. Matthew Hall

IBAM Course Director / Senior Lecturer Information and Knowledge Management

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Dr Louise Knight

Reader in Supply Strategy & Systems

Professor Edward Sweeney

Professor of Logistics, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr Amit K Chattopadhyay

Reader in Mathematics & Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (SFHEA)

Work and Organisational Psychology Department
Prasanta Dey
Prasanta Dey

Biography:

Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey is a Professor of Operations Management at Aston Business School. He won Vice Chancellor award for research excellence in 2012. Prior to joining Aston University in 2004, he worked for five years in the University of the West Indies in Barbados as a Director of graduate project management program and 13 years in Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India as a project executive.

Prasanta specializes in supply chain management and project management. He has published more than hundred research papers in leading international refereed journals. He has accomplished several research projects in supply chain optimisation and project management maturity studies in manufacturing, services and construction globally covering both small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and large sectors.

Jamal Lea
Jamal Lea

Biography:

Jamal is an enthusiastic business sustainability and low-carbon practitioner with a successful track-record in delivering collaborative projects between academia and industry, with experience in Passivhaus construction, MCS certification, big data and emerging low carbon technologies.

Previous roles include Project Manager at the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce; providing B2B support services to UK engineering and manufacturing SMEs seeking to do business in high growth markets.  Jamal has also delivered one of Europe’s largest domestic energy monitoring projects, in partnership with De Montfort University academics and emh Green Team, winning the KTP Regional East Midlands Energy Efficiency Retrofit Awards.

John Kyffin Hughes
John Kyffin Hughes

Biography:

John has worked in the field of environmental and carbon management for over 20 years. Helping over 30 organisations, including Jaguar Cars Limited, achieve the Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001. His role expanded into delivering an extremely successful European funded programme aimed at improving sustainability in the automotive supply chain.John’s carbon management experience includes managing the Climate Change Agreement and Emissions Trading Permit for Peugeot Ryton Plant, advising Coventry City Council on compliance with the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme, developing the City Council’s Carbon Management Plan and delivering various energy efficiency projects. John is a Practitioner of the IEMA and member of the Energy Managers Association.

Adiba Amin
Adiba Amin

Biography:

Adiba has diverse experience in Administration and Coordination for Charities, Construction, and Telecommunication and Funded projects. Before joining Aston, she worked as Project Administrator for Big Lottery Funded project aimed at increasing employability in Birmingham. The project exceeded outcomes in all areas. Adiba completed MBA from Brunel University, London. She won the Best in Practice award at BT Fleet for excellent contribution in business process improvement to reduce cost and increase process efficiency.

Dr Pavel Albores
Dr Pavel Albores

Biography:

Pavel Albores (MIET) is a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School (ABS) and co-director of the Centre for Research into Safety and Security (CRISIS) at ABS. He received his PhD on Simulation of e-business processes from Strathclyde University, where he also gained an MSc in Manufacturing Management. His first degree is in Chemical Engineering.  Pavel’s major research interests revolve around the fields of simulation, supply chain management, emergency management and humanitarian logistics.

Pavel has worked with leading governmental organisations in the field of preparedness in nine countries as co-investigator in an EC-funded project (Evacuation Responsiveness for Government Organisations (ERGO).  He has participated in research projects in the areas of knowledge management in extended enterprises and supply chain management. He has acted as consultant in the area of modelling and simulation with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) -Fire Service directorate-, Highland Spring, Daks Group. He previously worked for Xerox. Pavel was a member of the EPSRC Manufacturing Futures Network.

Research Interests:

  • Simulation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Emergency Response
  • Mass evacuations
  • Knowledge Management
  • Research Methodology
  • Humanitarian Supply Chains

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Dr Ahmad Beltagui
Dr Ahmad Beltagui

Biography:

Ahmad Beltagui is a Lecturer in Project and Operations Management in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. He holds degrees in Engineering (MEng Product Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde) and Management (PhD Operations Management, University of Nottingham).

Research interest:

  • Design
  • Innovation
  • Service management.
  • Impacts of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing on business and society

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Dr Soumyadeb Chowdhury
Dr Soumyadeb Chowdhury

Biography:

Soumyadeb is a Lecturer in Information and Communication Technology in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. Prior to joining Aston Business School, he worked as a Lecturer in Information and Communication Technology in Singapore. His research concerns information management & visualisation, data science and analytics (big data, social media) to enhance business operations, technology adoption in business, user experience and engagement.

He has actively engaged with a broad range of industry including but not limited to Tourism, SMEs, ICT, and Health in Singapore to develop business solution catering to their needs so as to improve operations, business process and enhance visitor experience.

Research Interests:

  • Carbon Footprint and Sustainability practices in business (supply-chain)
  • Data Science and Analytics (Big Data, Social Media) in Operations management
  • ICT and Technology adoption in business and Innovation

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Professor Ben Clegg
Professor Ben Clegg

Biography:

Ben is Professor of Operations Management, in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. Ben Clegg’s research, teaching and consulting activities focus on operations and process improvement. He draws upon theoretical ideas, such as systems thinking and multi-organisation enterprise management, to implement practical solutions for organisations. In turn practical case studies and insights are used to further develop theory about operations and process improvement.

Research interests:

  • Systems thinking for business process improvement
  • Multi-organisation management of enterprises
  • Improvement of operations management practice: people, process and technology

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey
Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey

Biography:

Professor Prasanta Kumar Dey is a Professor of Operations Management in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. Prasanta has developed several decision support systems that include supplier performance evaluation, supply chain performance measurement, sustainability performance framework, risk management and currently engaged in developing decision support systems for optimizing bioenergy (including waste to energy) supply chain design and operations.

His work has helped numerous SMEs in the developing countries to deal with their sustainability issues and challenge. He is the editor in chief of International Journal of Energy Sector Management.

Research Interests:

  • Project management,
  • Service operations management,
  • Supply chain management,
  • Total quality management and six-sigma,
  • Environmental management,
  • Applications of multi-criteria decision making in industry

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Dr Breno Nunes
Dr Breno Nunes

Biography:

Breno is Senior Lecturer in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. Breno has a background (BSc and MSc) in Industrial Engineering and PhD degree in management from Aston University. He joined Aston Business School in 2010. Dr Breno Nunes helps companies and governments to respond to sustainability challenges and opportunities. His work focuses on strategic decisions for operations function. Breno investigates sustainability strategies, environmental decision making processes, and green technology management in both developed and developing countries.

His recent research publications deal with a variety of sustainability issues, including: sustainable operations strategy, green innovation management, electric cars and sustainable mobility, sustainability performance and systems dynamics. Breno is currently Vice President of Education, Research and Publications for IAMOT – The International Association for Management of Technology.

Research interests:

  • Green Operations Management  
  • Sustainability Strategies,
  • Sustainable Production Systems and Supply Chains,
  • Green Technology Management,
  • Environmental Decision Making, 
  • Sustainable Development Policies.
  • Automotive Industry
  • Innovation

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Chris Owen
Chris Owen

Biography:

Chris Owen is a Teaching Fellow in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School, before joining Aston, Chris worked in PwC Consulting in the Operations Competency, helping clients to tackle a range of issues including cost reduction, performance improvement and procurement. Chris has international experience having worked in Germany, Italy, the US and China.

Originally trained as a Manufacturing Engineer in the Aerospace industry, prior to PwC, Chris held a number of roles in manufacturing systems, operations and supply chain with companies such as Dowty, Lucas, Goodrich and Invensys.

Research Interests:

  • Exploring complex situations in organisations and developing understanding through using methods of systems modelling including Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), System Dynamics (SD), Agent Based Modelling (ABM) and Discrete Event Simulation (DES).
  • Supply Chain and Procurement, Emergency Logistics and Rail Transportation.

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Ozren Despic
Ozren Despic

Biography:

Ozren Despic is Lecturer in Management Science in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. His research interest is in the area of mathematical modelling and decision making. In particular, his focus is on developing and constructing geometric DEA based mathematical models for their use in performance measurement and managerial decision making.

He is also actively helping various SMEs in optimising their operational and marketing activities. Ozren has a great amount of international experience, having lived, studied and worked in many different countries over the past 20 years. He is a devoted teacher and he brings his consulting work directly to the classroom.

Research Interests:

  • Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Measurement
  • Multi-criteria and Soft Decision Analysis
  • Machine Learning and Optimisation

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Dr. Oscar Rodriguez Espindola
Dr. Oscar Rodriguez Espindola

Biography:

Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola is a lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School and a member of the Aston CRISIS centre. He received his PhD in Operations and Information Management from Aston University. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Transportation Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.

His research is focused on Supply Chain Management, Operational Research, Humanitarian logistics and Project Management. His expertise includes de use of optimisation models, simulation and geographical information systems for the analysis of the supply chain and the development of tools to support logistics activities.

Research interests

  • Optimisation
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Management
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Sustainability 
  • Simulation

Publications:

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Dr. Andrew Greasley
Dr. Andrew Greasley

Biography:

Andrew Greasley is a lecturer in Operations and Technology Management in the Operations and Information Management Group at Aston Business School. He has over 100 publications and my main research interest is in the area of discrete-event simulation (DES).

Research Interests:

  • Modelling people’s behaviour
  • Providing agent-based capabilities
  • As a tool for predictive and prescriptive analytics
  • Costing servitization strategies in product-service systems
  • ERP and IS implementation

Publications

Operations & Information Management Group
Aston Business School

Dr. Matthew Hall
Dr. Matthew Hall

Biography:

Matthew is the IBAM course Director and Senior Lecturer Information and Knowledge Management at Aston Business School.

Research interests:

  • Knowledge Work
  • Working and Learning across cultures
  • Internationalism of Higher Education
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer
  • Skills for the Knowledge Economy

Publications:

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Dr Louise Knight
Dr Louise Knight

Biography:

Louise is a Reader at School of Engineering & applied Sciences. Louise joined Aston University in 2007. Prior to that she worked as Research Officer to Senior Research Fellow; Deputy Director of Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS).

At CRiSPS, I was involved in a wide range of projects, in particular the research partnership with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency.  Other funders included the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, UK research councils – EPSRC and ESRC, and GS1UK. She is the founder member of the International Study on Public Procurement and co-ordinator of its first workshop. I undertook various advisory roles with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and the wider NHS, the Office of Government Commerce, and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing.

Research interests

  • Purchasing and supply management,
  • Sustainability agenda
  • Purchasing capability
  • Strategic change in complex interorganizational networks
  • Interorganizational collaboration
  • Network learning

Publications:

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Professor Edward Sweeney
Professor Edward Sweeney

Biography:

Edward Sweeney is Professor of Logistics, Head of the Engineering Systems & Management (ESM) Group and Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute at Aston University. In this capacity he leads a multidisciplinary group of academics with interests in logistics, transport, supply chain and engineering management.

Edward was previously Director at the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), based at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He has worked and lectured in over 50 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL). He is an experienced researcher with over 200 publications. Edward has also worked with many of the world’s leading companies in his role as an educator and facilitator.

Research Interests:

  • Supply chain design and integration
  • Environmentally sustainable third party logistics
  • Logistics and supply chain information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Supply chain learning and the learning supply chain.

Publications:

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Dr Aristides Matopoulos
Dr Aristides Matopoulos

Biography:

Aristides joined Aston University in August 2011, as a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Prior to that, he was an Adjunct Lecturer for 4 years in the University of Macedonia, in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and also in City College, the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield teaching Logistics and Supply Chain
In 2010, He was awarded a one year post-doc grant on “Innovation in the Food Chain” from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. He also worked as a researcher in the FP6 European Project “e-Trust”, which dealt with the exploration and analysis of the trust factors affecting companies in the food chain in their transition from traditional to electronic B2B relationships. I have also been involved in several consulting projects as a freelance consultant.

Research Interests:

  • Resource Efficiency in Supply Chains
  • Sustainable/ Green Logistics & Life Cycle Assessment
  • Humanitarian Supply Chains 
  • Retail Logistics 
  • Skills Requirements in Logistics
  • E-business Adoption & Impact on Supply Chains

Publications:

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Dr Amit K Chattopadhyay
Dr Amit K Chattopadhyay

Biography:

Amit is an ‘interdisciplinary Complex Systems’ theorist specialising in quantitative problem solving in physics, biology and finance, using techniques from statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics and numerical computation. He has so far authored or co-authored over 60 research publications and 2 books. One of these books (‘Heat and Thermodynamics’) is the internationally accepted standard text on the subject. He is the chief editor of an open sourced interdisciplinary journal. I am also a panelled reviewer of EPSRC. He is an Editorial Board member of the Nature Publishing group; independently, so an Editorial member of staff in the Frontiers in Physics group.

Research Interests:

His research novelty lies in combining four diverse research strands –

  • Quantitative Biology
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Soft matter science
  • Materials’ modelling

Publications:

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Pawan Budhwar
Pawan Budhwar

Biography:

Pawan is a member of the Work and Organisational Psychology Group, Joint Director of the Aston India Centre for Applied Research and Joint Co-Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Management, Pawan is globally renowned for his research into the international aspects of HRM, and has held many visiting professorships worldwide. He has examined HRM systems in emerging markets and established links with social, cultural, political and legal contexts, and this is increasingly being referenced by other researchers.

Pawan has received funding from a variety of funders such as the ESRC, Society for HRM (USA), British Academy, and ERDF to investigate a variety of HR aspects in different set-ups. Pawan regularly delivers keynotes at international and national events. He has received numerous awards for his research achievements.

Research Interests:

  • Managing Human Resources in Emerging Markets
  • Expatriate Management
  • Employer-Employee Relationships
  • HRM and Performance
  • International and Strategic HRM

Publications:

Work and Organisational Psychology Department

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos
Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Biography:

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is Professor of Entrepreneurship Development and Head of Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School.  He is Director of the Aston Centre for People and Organisations, Academic Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ’10,000 Small Businesses Programme’.

He has received funding from various organisations, including ESRC, ERDF, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Leicestershire Learning and Skills Council, Centre for Enterprise and UK Trade and Investment to examine entrepreneurship in different contexts and has managed successfully research teams to deliver high quality output. Apart from contributing to a number of books and special issues as a guest editor, his papers have been published in a wide range of academic journals.

Research Interests:

  • Entrepreneurial Learning and Innovation
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship and Change
  • Diverse Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Procurement

Publications:

Work and Organisational Psychology Department