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Jelena Kurilova

Associate Professor

My research helps companies to initiate remanufacturing on their original products by focusing of production system, business model, product, and customer. By applying lean principles and practices a more efficient remanufacturing can be achieved.

Remanufacturization: Shift to Remanufacturing

A Sustainable Strategy to depart from Linear to Circular economy for manufacturers and product owners.

Jelena has expertise in production systems and business models for remanufacturing; she helps industries to shift to remanufacturing to become more sustainable. By applying an analytical tool, called Remometer®, manufacturing industries and product owners can assess their potential with remanufacturing: preconditions (for example, product suitability for remanufacturing), Remanufacturing Readiness Level (RRL) and estimate their economic, environmental and social benefits with remanufacturing. Jelena has experience in assisting industries in transformation to a business model where remanufacturing is treaded as a sustainable strategy for technical products.

Jelena has an industrial and experience of lean manufacturing and an academic competence in a production system with remanufacturingDuring her doctoral studies (2013–2018), she focused on developing appropriate lean improvements for challenges in the remanufacturing process. 

Jelena has worked in several national and international research projects: KEAP (2013-2016), Åter Produkt (2013-2016), ARR (2018-2020), SE: Kond2LIFE (2019-2022) as well as was the main project applicant/leader for ElevatoRe (2018-2019), iCURE (2020),  and Remometer (2020-2021).


Video about remanufacturization


Most consumer products are not made for remanufacturing. There are a lot of fears, prejudices, obstacles and other risks on both the producers’ and customers’ sides and Dr. Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene together with Prof. Lars Witell are ready to shine the light on that issue in the Remanufacturization project.


Doctoral Thesis

Cover of publication 'Lean Remanufacturing: Reducing Process Lead Time'
Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene (2018)


Bob Nanthakorn, Johan Vogt Duberg, Sok Seang, Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene, Erik Sundin, Mattias Lindahl, Ruth Banomyong (2023) Cambodian customers' perception of remanufactured automotive parts Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Remanufacturing
Johan Vogt Duberg, Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene, Erik Sundin (2023) Areas investigated when initiating OEM remanufacturing - a case of robotic lawn mowers Procedia CIRP, Vol. 116, p. 600-605 Continue to DOI
Johan Vogt Duberg, Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene, Erik Sundin (2023) 5‐step approach for initiating remanufacturing (5AFIR) Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 32, p. 4360-4370 Continue to DOI
Jelena Kurilova, Erik Sundin, Tomohiko Sakao (2023) Orienting around circular strategies (Rs): How to reach the longest and highest ride on the Retained Value Hill? Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 424, Article 138724 Continue to DOI


Pontus Sallerström, Joel Sundin, Jelena Kurilova-Palisaitiene, Erik Sundin (2022) Scaling up Repair Workshops to Remanufacturing Facilities for Household Appliances as a Service Proceedings of 29th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference, Leuven, Belgium., p. 43-48 Continue to DOI

CV and duties

Academic background

  • 2018 PhD in Manufacturing Engineering, Linköping University
  • 2010 Master in Industrial Engineering and Management, Linköping University
  • 2008 Bachelor in Economics, Klaipeda University, Lithuania
  • 2007 Erasmus exchange - Business Administration – Strategy and Management in International Organisations, Linköping University.

External duties, networks

Managing Editor for the Journal of Remanufacturing, Springer Nature


2017 Guest researcher at Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC), Singapore.

2014 Guest researcher at Fraunhofer IPT and RWTH Aachen University, Germany.


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Supervision and lectures

  • TMMI47 – Production Development
  • TMPS27 – Production Systems
  • TMPS31 – Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Bachelor and Master thesis supervision