My initial focus in my PhD is on the Life Cycle Costing of Industrial Product Service Systems which have the potential of being both cost and environmentally efficient. In this stage I cooperate with an industrial partner Toyota Material Handling Sweden.
Based on these Life Cycle Costings and in collaboration with my thesis supervisors Mattias Lindahl and Tomohiko Sakao, I look into the conditions under which these integrated product service offerings are environmentally and economically beneficial and how can we optimise the trade-offs between the two. Then I translate these conditions into business models that can be used in industry to assist with the transition to a more resource efficient economy.
Sustainability in the food and beverage industry
I worked as a student consultant with HKScan, one of Europe’s largest meat companies, on developing their corporate responsibility profile and also with Högestad and Christinehof, Skåne’s province’s largest landowner, on evolving the environmental strategy of their agricultural component. This lead me to writing my MSc thesis in Environmental Management and Policy on the current sustainability practices of the European meat and dairy processors.
In my research I draw on my international background i.e. Greece, Britain, Sweden, China and Germany, my mixed work experiences as a venue manager, teacher, administrative assistant, computer programmer and my diverse studies in supply chain management, computer science, environmental policy, Chinese language, in order to take on a multidisciplinary approach and a lifecycle perspective when addressing sustainability challenges in an international business context.