About me

I’m a lecturer at a UK university, specialising in the sustainable supply chain. I found that no particular textbook contained all the stuff I wanted my students to think about, so I started blogging in the hope that some of my observations might plug the gap.

My research interests lie in supply chain management, logistics simulation and (from my former life in an engineering department) the design of aerospace and mechatronic products, and concurrent enterprising. If you want to see some of my teaching back-catalogue, have a look at the presentations that I’ve made available.

In this blog I share some observations on the supply chain, and speculate about what might need to happen next. This isn’t about tree-hugging: it’s about sustainability, and to me that’s the business of remaining in business. I’m not expecting anybody to be ‘greener’ without real incentives: for companies that means transitioning to a more efficient posture, such that we can survive energy price rises, increasingly scarce materials, and more difficult waste disposal.

no treehuggers!

There will be heroes, and villains – and, I hope, some laughs along the way. I’m enjoying my newfound freedom from the deadpan delivery found in academic papers that demand the third person passive voice, so please forgive me if I’m silly or deliberately controversial sometimes. I can’t resist a chance to throw a spanner among the pigeons.

I also reserve the right to mix my metaphors.

Thanks for making the effort to learn about the person behind Capacify… now why not say “hello”?

Best wishes,



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2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Richard! I have been following your blog for a while, and decided to nominate you for a Liebster Award! This is an award created to recognize and discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere, and it is meant to be passed on.

    You don’t have to accept the nomination, but if you do, please write a post on your blog by following the rules as outlined below:

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    And here are my 10 questions for you:

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    All right! Good day!


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