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Patrick Hennelly


  • Patrick Hennelly
  • Area

    Research, Knowledge Exchange & Innovation


    Research Fellow in Distributed Manufacture for a Circular Economy

  • As research fellow in distributed Manufacture for a Circular Economy in the Burberry Material Futures Research Group, Patrick’s research focuses on four strands. The first, Resources, Ethics and Transparency, looks at new systems of thinking that addresses scalability of machines and tools, transportability, reshoring, networked micro units, dispersed manufacture and novel (and new) technologies and machines. The second, Community Impact of Shifting Manufacturing, considers micro/specialised production, the new industrial craftsperson, reskilling, and the upskilling of workforces and communities. Demand Manufacturing considers new systems of access to production, including socially responsive engagement, while the file strand, Local Manufacturing, considers infrastructure, availability of resources and local pride in product and production.

  • Biography

  • Patrick is finalising his PhD in management from Leeds University Business School. His thesis focuses on relationship formation in the UK offshore wind and UK steel industries. He has an MSc (First Class) in logistics and supply chain management from the University of Hull Logistics Institute and a BA in International Business and Management from the University of Hull, including a year abroad studying at Copenhagen Business School.

    Prior to joining the RCA, Patrick worked as a research assistant at the Centre for International Manufacturing (CIM), Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. His research interests focused on the areas of distributed manufacturing, smart city production systems, and supply chain digitalisation in pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. For three years he was a key organising committee member of the annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

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  • Practice

  • Patrick served as an academic fellow on the Digital Supply Chains Consortium (University of Cambridge), working with company members to co-develop and embed digital supply chain capability into their organisation, transforming their operations with real business impact.

    Patrick has organised numerous interactive industry workshops and sandpits, the most recent (September, 2018) being a Trend Scenario Workshop: ‘Digital Transformation and Re-Imagining the Future of the Automotive Supply Chain’.  Involving key players within the UK automotive supply chain, the event was hosted at the Moller Centre, Cambridge, UK.

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  • External collaborations

  • Co-Guest Editor for Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Special Issue: 'Distributed Manufacturing in Humanitarian Logistics Operations'. Submission deadline: February 1 2019.

    Lead Guest Editor for Production Planning and Control Journal. Special Issue: 'Rethinking supply chains in the age of digitalisation'. Submission deadline June 1 2018. 

    Lead Guest Editor for Business Process Management Journal. Special Issue: 'Reconfiguring business processes in the new political and technological landscape.'  Submission deadline November 30 2017.  

    Member of the Leeds University Business School Supply Chain Council

    Reviewing Duties:

    Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. 'An integrated approach for Traceable Food Supply Chain Management'. June 2015. 

    SCM: An International Journal. Special Issue entitled: 'Future Cities and Urban Supply Chain Management'. November 2015.  

    Production Planning and Control. Special Issue: 'Smart Cities and Operations Management'. December 2015. 

    Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 'Creative Science Prototyping and the Future Consumer Technology Landscape'. May 2013.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Journal Articles

    Srai, J., Hennelly, P., Graham, G., Phillips, W., Kapletia, D., Zaki, M. (2019) ‘Distributed Manufacturing – A new form of localised production’. In preparation.  

    Graham, G., Burns, L., Hennelly, P. Meriton, R. (2018) ‘Electric sports cars and their impact on the component sourcing process’. Business Process Management Journal. 

    Hennelly, P., Graham, G. Srai, J. Meriton. R., Kumar, M. (2018) ‘Do Makerspaces represent scalable production models of community based Distributed Manufacturing’, Production, Planning and Control. 

    Oberg, C. Graham, G. Hennelly, P. (2017) ‘Smart cities – A literature review and business network approach discussion’, IMP Journal, Vol. 11 Issue: 3, pp.468-484

    Mehmood, R., Meriton, R., Graham, G., Hennelly, P., Kumar, M. (2016) ‘Exploring the Influence of Big Data on City Transport Operations: a Markovian Approach’. International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Vol. 37 Issue: 1, pp.75-104, 

    Kumar, M. Graham, G. Hennelly, P. Srai, J. (2016) ‘How will smart city production systems transform supply chain design: a product-level investigation’. International Journal of Production Research. 54:23, 7181-7192, 

    Hennelly, P. & Wong, C. (2015) ‘The Formation of New Inter-firm Relationships: A UK Offshore Wind Sector analysis’, International Journal of Energy Sector Management. Vol. 10 Issue: 2, pp.172-190, 

    Graham, G. Greenhill, A. Dymski, G. Coles, E. & Hennelly, P. (2015) ‘The Science Fiction Prototyping Framework: Building Behavioural, Social and Economic Impact and Community Resilience’, COSC working paper 04/15. 

    White paper (expert contributor):

    (2017) 'Next generation supply chains: making the right decisions about digitalisation'. Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. 

    Book chapters:

    Graham, G., Srai, J., Hennelly, P., Meriton, R. (2017) ‘The Smart City Production System’. Song, H., Srinavasan, R., Sookoor,T., Jeschke, S (eds). Smart Cities: Foundations and Principles. Wiley.

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