Peter David Ball

Peter David Ball


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Operations management and sustainability feature strongly in my work.
There are opportunities for research in:
1. developing and applying modelling and simulation techniques to better understand service and manufacturing systems
2. creating/capturing methods and practices to understand how they improve performance
Current doctoral students are working in the areas of eco-efficiency modelling, sustainable manufacturing practices, diffusion of sustainability into the supplier base, developing archetypes for reverse logistics, characterising the application of lean in service systems (maintenance, repair and overhaul)

Personal profile

Research interests

Peter’s research adopts a process view of how complex systems can be designed and improved. Application areas are manufacturing, supply chain as well as service. The research focuses on how practices are shared and adopted and in turn how modelling can be used to evaluate their performance. Environmental sustainability / sustainable manufacturing is a cross-cutting theme.

Employment History

1994-2006 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at University of Strathclyde

2007-2015 Senior Lecturer and Reader at Cranfield University

2016- Professor at University of York


  • TS Manufactures
  • operations mangement
  • simulation
  • modelling
  • lean
  • eco-efficiency
  • environmental
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • sustainability
  • resource efficiency
  • supply chain
  • practices diffusion

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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