KBS academic's research about the impact of Covid-19 published

Paul Dewick, Professor of Sustainability and Innovatin at Keele Business School has had two research articles published that reflect on the effects of the coronavirus.

Hand in glove? Processes of formalisation and the circular economy post COVID19

IEEE Engineering Management Review, 10.1109/EMR.2020.3014014, Dewick, P., Pineda, J. And Ramlogan, R., (2020), 

Brief summary: The effects of COVID19 have been severe in developing countries. It has been a particularly difficult time for informal small-scale farmers who live in rural areas and lack formal safety nets. These farmers are the cornerstone of national food security strategies. In this perspective paper, we discuss how circular economy principles could help these farmers reduce their states of vulnerability whilst engaging with nonlinear pathways of formalization. We argue that circular principles can go hand-in-glove with processes of formalization as long as interventions are made to help informal small-scale farmers overcome structural problems. We make a series of recommendations for policy makers and other stakeholders.

Overcoming the Arrogance of Ignorance: Supply-Chain Lessons from COVID-19 for Climate Shocks

One Earth, 3, July 24 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.06.017, Sarkis, J., Dewick., P., Hofstetter, J.S., and Schroeder, P., (2020), 

Brief summary: The effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic remind us of our arrogance of ignorance. Society has suffered. We are emerging scarred but enlightened. Can COVID-19 lessons help us avoid repeating the same mistakes with future climate shocks? We offer a supply-chain perspective and a set of pragmatic actions to increase resilience to climate shocks.