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Dr Regina Frei Micro-Engineering, MSc, PhD, MIET, FHEA, Chartered Engineer 

Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

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Regina Frei is a researcher and educator in Operations and Supply Chain Management. She leads the Product Returns Research Group.

Regina joined Southampton Business School as an Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in September 2019. She is passionate about sustainable value chains and the Circular Economy.

Regina has been awarded 15 research grants worth a total of £1.2k, and she has published over 44 peer-reviewed papers, whereof 22 journal articles.

From 2013 to 2019, she was a Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Engineering and Supply Chain Management at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Previously, she was a Postdoc at Cranfield University and Imperial College London. She holds a PhD in Distributed Robotics from Universidade Nova, Lisbon, Portugal, and an MSc in Micro-Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She wrote her MSc Thesis at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, and did internships with the International Watch Company (IWC) and Schindler Lifts, both in Switzerland.

Research interests

Regina's research interests include sustainable business, sustainable supply chains, reverse supply chains, product returns in retail, plastics recycling, and the Circular Economy.

PhD Supervision

Da Xu (2020-2023 predicted)

Title: The influence of Additive Manufacturing on the sustainability of supply chains

Supervisors: Dr Regina Frei, Dr Yu Gong and Dr Nicholas Dacre

Virginie Litaudon (Portsmouth Business School, 2019-2022 predicted)

Title: Sustainable business models

Supervisors: Prof Diego Vazquez-Brust (Portsmouth Business School) and Dr Regina Frei

Angela Yu (Portsmouth Business School, part time, currently suspended)

Title: Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Chinese Shoe Manufacturers

Supervisors: Prof Ashraf Labib, Dr Philip Brabazon, Dr Regina Frei

Research projects

PlastiCity (a project to increase plastics recycling in urban environments)

Product returns in retail

Africa and Sustainable Global Value Chains, a book edition for the Greening of Industry Network book series

Research group

Product Returns Research Group (PRRG)

Affiliate research group

The Greening of Industry Network

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