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Ivey researchers awarded new funding for the circular economy and sustainable supply chains

  • Matthew Lynch
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  • Jul 29, 2020
Ivey researchers awarded new funding for the circular economy and sustainable supply chains

Ivey research on the circular economy and sustainable supply chains is attracting the support of key funders.

Associate Professor Deishin Lee and Assistant Professor Jury Gualandris have been awarded funding for their innovative work on achieving regional resilience through circular economy practices. The award was made through a special call of the Economics & Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN) focused on big ideas to inform a sustainable post-COVID recovery for Canada.

The COVID crisis has demonstrated the fragility of many supply chains, especially in the agri-food sector. Lee and Gualandris’s research will collect and analyze primary and secondary data sources to assess supply chain vulnerabilities and examine emerging circular economy solutions. The study will then be used to examine novel circular economy practices and their underlying functional mechanisms, and develop a long-term strategy that leverages the circular economy to achieve regional resilience in Ontario focusing on key food products.

In addition, Ivey PhD student William Diebel received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his research on the structural characteristics of a supply network to foster the upstream diffusion of sustainable production practices.

This scholarship, worth $105,000 over three years, promotes continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees,  the program strives to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.

Through a large-scale study using secondary data, network analysis, and econometric modelling, Diebel is investigating how relational power dynamics and structural factors may promote or impede the diffusion of innovative sustainable production practices. The research aims to produce generalizable and robust empirical evidence that will provide managers and policymakers with the knowledge necessary to effectively transform and develop more sustainable supply networks.

Additional funding announcements are expected shortly.