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

Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Programme leader for the MSc SOSCM

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Regina Frei 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. She is programme director for the new MSc Strategic Operations and Supply Chain Management, which is being launched in September 2022. Regina also leads the Product Returns Research Group, where PhD applications are very welcome; suggested topics and possible funding applications available.

Regina has been awarded 15 research grants worth a total of £1.2k, and she has published over 46 peer-reviewed papers, whereof 24 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

Jingyang Yan (2021-2024 predicted)

Title: Sustainable supply chains under Industry 5.0

Supervisors: Dr Regina Frei and Dr Nicholas Dacre

Saiful Islam (2020-2023 predicted)

Title: Supply Chain Sustainability Integration and Resilience: The Case of Ready-Made Garment Industry of Bangladesh

Supervisors: Dr Taposh Roy, Dr Yu Gong and Dr Regina Frei

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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Teaching and coordinating:

  • MANG3078 - Strategic Operations Management

  • MANG6525 - Operations Management

  • SESM6049 - Material, manufacturing and supply chains

  • Course leader for the new MSc Strategic Operations and Supply Chain Management, starting September 2022

PhD supervision topics

  • The benefits and challenges of implementing a sustainable returns strategy
  • Environmental assessment methods for product returns  
  • Consumer behaviour in returns fraud
  • Modelling and influencing product returns and fraud
  • Reducing product returns and fraud through IT / AI technologies

Anything else related to product returns

Dr Regina Frei
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number : 2/6021

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