Brian Squire
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Research interests

My research examines properties of supply chains that create resilience, innovation and sustainability. I typically collaborate with industrial partners to understand, evaluate and improve current practices or to imagine, create and deliver future approaches. As an empirical scholar, I use a variety of methods including experiments, case studies and surveys. 

Recent projects include:

1. HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab: Funded by a £1.6 million gift, the Lab collaborated with industrial partners on topics such as the integration of SMEs, novel forms of contracting and the design of new supply chains. Our amazing team of PhD students and researchers have subsequently taken roles in academia (Universities of Oxford and British Columbia) and industry (EY and Arcadis).

2. Supply Chain Risk Alerts. Funded by a research council grant and an alumni donation, we developed an online early warning system capable of detecting disruptive events an average of 43 days earlier than current approaches. The intellectual property of the tool was licenced to an artifical intelligence company who also recruited our brilliant researcher.

New projects include:

1. Cellular Agriculture Manufacturing Hub. Funded by a £12 million EPSRC grant and led by Professor Marianne Ellis, this inter-disciplinary project aims to transform food production by establishing a value chain that is environmentally, financially and socially sustainable. 

2. Sustainable Choices in Global Mobility. Funded by a UKRI Knowledge Transfer Partnership and in collaboration with K2, this inter-disciplinary project aims to create, analyse and promote sustainable choices in the global mobility sector. 

Outputs from my research have been published in a broad range of peer reviewed journals, including Journal of Operations Management, Production & Operations Management and Journal of Supply Chain Management. I also communicate my research more broadly in the form of reports, software, methodologies and workshops.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the broad field of supply chain management. 

Other responsibilities

Over the past decade, I have served the School of Management in a variety of leadership roles, including Acting Dean, Deputy Dean and Head of Division (IDO).

In addition, I regularly consult for a variety of clients. Recent engagements include the establishment and recruitment of a global data science team, and a comprehensive review and restructuring of a global commercial function. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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