Digital Material/product passport in circular supply chains
A Digital Product Passport (DPP) as envisaged in the EU’s European Green Deal and Circular Economy Action Plan is a great opportunity to modernise product information throughout the entire value chain. DPPs could be a big step forward for more sustainable products and consumption, boosting energy and resource efficiency by enabling new business models based on e.g. digital data sharing (Gotz et al. 2022).
Recently EU's Sustainable Products Initiative (SPI) builds on the 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan and proposes a regulation that would oblige manufacturers to introduce DPPs, as part of general ecodesign requirements for certain products. Yet there remains a number of important questions to be answered. What is the value of a DPP for different supply chain stakeholders, who should provide data and how they should be incentivised to do so, who owns the data and how sensitive data should be protected, who should access to what kind of data in a DPP, what are the implications of DPP on circular supply chain performance? This PhD research sets out to explore those important questions.
- Previous experience with and/or willingness to carry out Mixed-methods Research is desirable.
- Knowledge in supply chain, circular economy and/or digital technology would be preferrable.
- Experience in using SPSS, NVivo type of softwares would be an advantage.
- Self-driven, good communication and time management skills, good academic writing skills
Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. The University values diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed. Study is available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study), depending on the needs of the applicant.
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