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Dr Patricia Prado is Assistant Professor in Business Ethics. Her research has investigated how structures, institutions and relationships support or undermine sustainable and resilient agrifood global value chains, and how this information can be used to support decision making for enhanced UK food security. She has focused on the governance of soy supply chains with fieldwork carried out in Brazil, strengthening scholarly networks and collaboration between Latin American and UK academic and non-academic agrifood stakeholders. Through this collaboration, she has been invited to be an Associate Professor of the Postgraduate Programme in Information Science at the Federal University of Para (UFPA), Brazil, and has developed her current research agenda.

Patricia is currently investigating 'emergent food commodities' in the Brazilian Amazon, whose production has dramatically increased in recent years driven by the demand of global markets. Despite the associated social and environmental risks, Patricia exploratory work has found evidence of on-the-ground initiatives promoting sustainable solutions in the region. Her focus is on new business models and innovations developed in these food value chains and how they can help address sustainability issues, particularly related to SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) .

Patricia has progressed her international teaching experience at the UG and PG levels, particularly MBAs, in areas related to sustainability, innovation and management. She currently plays a leading role in the ‘Responsible Business’ area and has developed and led new modules for the new programmes on the Business and HRM and Business Management. Patricia is keen to discuss PhD research proposals involving sustainability and innovation, sustainable supply chains and responsible business models, with a particular interest in the food sector.

Prior to her academic career, Patricia has had business experience in implementing innovation and knowledge management processes in large companies such as Petrobras, in the energy sector in Brazil.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the area of sustainability and innovation, particularly looking at (i) ethical and sustainable practices in supply chains and responsible and sustainable business models, and (ii) governance of agrifood global value chains and sustainable food systems. With a qualitative approach, my empirical interests involve Latin America/Brazil, emerging commodities in the Amazon region, bioeconomy, agroforestry and organic production (not exclusively). I have experience and great interest in interdisciplinary research.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Information Science, PhD

27 Mar 201331 Dec 2099

Award Date: 27 Mar 2013


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