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    PhD projects

    Microbusinesses Integration in Supply Chains.
    Challenges within food supply systems.
    Community operational research - Applying Systems Thinking to address global challenges locally.

    Personal profile

    Contact Details

    Email: e.vilaltaperdomo@aston.ac.uk

    Telephone: 0121 204 4358


    Research Interests

    My research focuses on how to improve individual and collective performance, in those cases where the alignment of aims and preferences is unattainable, undesirable, nonessential or even unnecessary. I am currently studying the development of sustainable communities of micro-producers, so that they are more resistant to global and / or local logistical challenges. Therefore, I am exploring different human and technological interfaces, within different supply arrangements, that may increase the propensity of individuals to collaborate. In short, my current research is at the intersection of issues such as human performance, technology and sustainable operations.

    I have developed and maintained international links with universities and professional organizations around the world, with a special emphasis in Latin America. Consequently, I collaborate with networks and links from academic and professional institutions and companies, mainly in Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Spain, where I have developed projects and given conferences and short courses.

    Teaching Activity


    • BN3INO International Operations
    • BNC301 Advanced Operations


    • BNK410 Operations Management
    • BNK480 Designing & Managing Operations, Systems and Processes
    • BNM886 Designing & Managing Operations, Systems and Processes


    2005 - Doctor of Philosophy. University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.

    1989 - MSc Manufacturing Systems (Automation & Control). Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

    1987 - BSc Industrial & Systems Engineering. Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Senior fellow. Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom. Member since 2013.

    Fellow. The Cybernetics Society, United Kingdom, 2020. Member since 2017.

    Fellow. The Operational Research Society, United Kingdom. Member since 2003. Co-Chair of the Midlands Regional Group. Member of the Award Committee.

    Member. Colegio Nacional de Ingenieros Industriales (CONAII), Mexico, 2000-2021, former Vice-President of International Affairs.

    Member. European Operations Management Association (EurOMA), since 2019.

    Former member. British Academy of Management, United Kingdom. 

    Former member. Institute of Industrial Engineers, USA (until 2018). Senior member since 2007, member of the Sustainable Development Division Directors Board 2011-2014, President Sustainable Development Division 2015-2016.

    Former member. Fellow. Charter of the Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT), United Kingdom. Chartered member 2014-2023.

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    KTP grant "Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses Ltd’, Innovation area: Enhancing food quality". Period: 2022-24. Amount: £204,707. Co-Investigator (associate academic).

    Grant 'Supporting Alternative Food Networks', SAFeNET), QR GCRF Aston University. Period: 2021. Amount: £6,120.  Principal investigator.

    Grant 'Monitorización de cadena de frío de vacunas con Iota Tangle' ('Vaccine cold chain monitoring with Iota Tangle'), Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Spain. Period: 2020-2021. Amount: €14,400. Co-Investigator.

    Grant ‘Building COMpetencies for COMpetitive COMpanies, COM3’, Interreg North Sea Region ERDF. Period: 2019-2022. Amount: work package of €279,986, for a total project amount of €3,683,780 with 20 North Sea EU partners. Co-Principal investigator.

    Grant ‘UoL4.0 Challenge 2019’, funded by a set of organisations: externally by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and internally by Industrial Digitalisation Project (HEFCE project for University of Lincoln), Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute and Lincoln International Business School. Period: 2019. Intercollege collaboration between academics from School of Computing and Lincoln International Business School Amount: £3,500. Principal coordinator/investigator.

    Grant ‘UoL 4.0 Design’, LIBS Teaching Innovation Fund, AY2017/18 (University of Lincoln) Period: 2017-8. Intercollege collaboration between academics from Lincoln International Business School, School of Computing and School of Media. Amount:  £1,500. Principal Investigator.

    Grant ERASMUS. Project: Academic visit to Universidad International de la Rioja (Spain) Amount: €1,100. September 2017.

    Visiting Appointments

    University of Lincoln [2020-present].  

    Universidad EAN (Colombia) [2018].

    Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (Spain) [2017].

    Universitat de Lleida (Spain) [2016-2019].

    Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego (Perú) [2015-2016].


    2020. Nigel Slack Teaching Innovation Award 2020. European Operations Management Association, EurOMA. 

    2019. Teaching Excellence Award. University of Lincoln. 

    2018. Outstanding Reviewer. Journal of Business Research. 

    2016. Outstanding Reviewer. Journal of Industrial Marketing Management. 

    2015. Doctor Honoris Causa. Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego. Peru. 

    2012 University of Lincoln Team Achievement Award. Income Diversification and Growth. 

    2009. 2nd Place, Technology Innovation Prize, State of Guanajuato, Mexico. 

    2009, 2017. Annual Best Reviewer, Journal of Research Practice. 

    2008. 3rd Place, Technology Innovation Prize, State of Guanajuato, Mexico. 

    External positions

    Member, Competitiveness and New Ways of Work research group, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla

    15 May 2021 → …

    PhD external examiner, Hazara University Mansehra

    8 Oct 20202022

    External examiner, University of Hull

    1 Oct 202030 Sept 2024

    Senior Visiting Fellow, Lincoln University

    Jun 2020 → …

    Member Advisory Committee, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

    Sept 2016 → …

    Member Award Committee, Operational Research Society

    Jun 2016 → …


    • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
    • Operations Management
    • Industrial Engineering


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