Professor Manoj Dora

Professor in Sustainable Production and Consumption

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sustainability , Business Management

Research Supervision:Yes

Manoj's areas of expertise include sustainable management, the circular economy and Supply Chains.

His research has focused on how we can switch from our current industrial 'linear' model or a circular economy and how operational excellence tools and industry 4.0 can be combined in a connected supply chain to achieve zero-waste.


Twitter: @manojkdora


With core expertise in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Manoj has an interdisciplinary background in applied economics, environmental sciences and works at interface between these disciplines to generate impact on policy and businesses. Manoj's research projects are collaborative in nature, have been co-designed by challenge owners and multi-stakeholders in a participatory way and involves addressing research priorities of partners in the UK, Asia, Latin America and Africa for generating impact. Manoj is passionate about student experience, and research-led teaching and has been awarded several student-led best lecturer/supervisor.

Research interests

  • Sustainable and resilient operations and supply chain management
  • Interdisciplinary research on food system (Core area: lean operations, data driven supply chains, participatory methods for value chain analysis, value stream mapping)
  • Circular economy and resource efficiency
  • Role of data science, emerging technologies, multi-stakeholders in adopting sustainable practices

Areas of research supervision

Manoj is currently supervising PhD students with interests including Lean Management, Sustainable Supply Chains, Modern Day Slavery, Circular Economy, Industry 4.0. He has experience in quantitative as well as qualitative research methodologies.


PhD, Ghent University, Belgium, 2014

Masters in Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA, 2009

Masters in Economics, Utkal University, India, 1999

Memberships, editorial boards

Consulting Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • CGIAR, Transforming Agri-Food Systems in South Asia (TAFSSA) 2022-2024 (Co-I), (200,000 USD)
  • NHS Trust (Feb-March 2022), £36,000 (Co-I) Environmental performance of food waste approaches for NHS hospitals
  • Newton Fund Research Environment Links grant 2021 (PI), 50,000 Increasing Accessibility through Mobile Vaccination: A capacity building approach
  • Newton Fund Research Environment Links grant 2021 (Co-I), 50,000 Developing capacity and research network to promote inclusive digital finance for Egyptian single mothers
  • 3iE/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2021-2024) (Co-I), 981,054 USD Economic and Empowerment Impacts of Millet Processing and Value Addition Enterprises by Women SHGs in India 
  • UKRI – BBSRC - Partnership for a Sustainable Food Future – Centre for Doctoral Training (2020-2025) (Co-I), £5million Transforming UK Food Systems 

Selected recent publications

  • Dora, M., et al. (2022) Return in Circular Economy: Business to Consumer Product Return Information Sharing Framework to Support Sustainable Manufacturing in Small and Medium Enterprises Journal of Business Research
  • Dora, M., et al. (2022) Big Data Analytics and the Effects of Government Restrictions and Prohibitions in the COVID-19 Pandemic on Emergency Department Sustainable Operations, Annals of Operations Research
  • Dora, M., et al. (2022) Socio-technical capabilities for Blockchain implementation by service providers: multiple case study of projects with transaction time reduction and quality improvement objectives Production Planning & Control.
  • Dora, M., et al. (2022) Artificial intelligence and blockchain implementation in supply chains: a pathway to sustainability and data monetisation? Annals of Operations Research
  • Dora, M., et al. (2022) ‘Circular economy and digital capabilities of SMEs for providing value to customers: Combined Resource-Based View & ambidexterity perspective’ Journal of Business Research
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘A Digital Strategy Development Framework for Supply Chains’ Transactions on Engineering Management
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Risks to Big Data Analytics & Blockchain Technology Adoption in Supply Chains’ Annals of Operations Research
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Lean and Industry 4.0: Mapping determinants and barriers from a social, environmental, and operational perspective’ Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Critical Success Factors Influencing Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Food Supply Chains’ International Journal of Production Research
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Technological interventions in social business: Mapping current research & establishing future research agenda’ Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Toward sustainable primary production through the application of lean management in South African fruit horticulture’ Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘A Taxonomy of Barriers to Adoption of Sustainable Practices in the Coffee Farming Process’ Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Improving the sustainability of food supply chains through circular economy practices’ Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Exploring barriers and drivers to the implementation of circular economy practices in the mining industry’ Resources Policy
  • Dora, M., et al. (2021) ‘Covering Vehicle Routing Problem: Application for Mobile Child Friendly Spaces for Refugees’ OR Spectrum
  • Dora, M., et al. (2020) ‘Big Data Analytics as a mediator in evaluating Lean, Agile, Resilient & Green effects on sustainable supply chain performance. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics & Transportation Review

Media experience