Luke Bellamy - Doctoral Student Researcher

Year studied MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology

2016-17

Undergraduate degree 

BSc Environment & Sustainability - Keele University 

Current employment

Loughborough University - Doctoral Student Researcher

What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?

It was only a few months between graduation and starting my PhD. Towards the end of my MSc and before my PhD started, the university had afforded me opportunities with the Keele Research, Innovation and Skills Partnership (KRISP) project, where I undertook two placements. I carried out paid research work for Rotarad Ltd (a firm looking to revolutionise the way we clean behind our radiators to improve indoor air quality) and McCamley Ltd (a vertical axis wind turbine company). These were great experiences to add to my CV, and gave me opportunity to disseminate my research knowledge, particularly with Rotarad, where I visited the Houses of Parliament to communicate the findings to the APPG for healthy homes and buildings.

What does your job involve?

As a PhD student, I am based in the Business School at Loughborough, exploring supply chain management literature in order to develop an understanding of the relationship between supply chain sustainability practices and supply chain resilience practices. I am interested in their collective impact on supply chain performance and the nature of the practice and performance relationship. I am exploring a brand-new research area, which will have implications for the capability of supply chains to tackle environmental and social issues, whilst maintaining function in the face of ever-increasing global threats. 

Much of my time is dedicated to exploring literature, considering problems, thinking about new ways, or borrowing approaches from other literature streams to connect the sustainability and resilience approaches, creating a way forward.

My time is also spent on attending conferences, speaking with important people in the field, discussing and solving problems with colleagues, and trying to develop a greater understanding of this complex and fascinating area of research.

What did you learn on the MSc ESGT which helped you get the job, or helps with your role now?

As well as core research skills, the main contribution that the MSc provided me over my other academic experiences was the discipline required to work independently and to the level required for a PhD.  In addition, the MSc also furthered my understanding of complex sustainability issues relevant to my research field, as well as giving me greater appreciation of sustainability complexity. Keele focuses greatly on interdisciplinary approaches to research, and the MSc is no different in this regard. I have used these interdisciplinary research skills to explore two distinct topic areas, which requires the “out-of-the-box” thinking that this MSc instilled in me.

My research topic requires someone that has this broad sustainability knowledge and ability to work across disciplines and across methodologies - skills which the MSc strongly supported. 

Do you have any advice for current/prospective MSc ESGT students interested in a similar career? 

If you are aiming for a PhD take the opportunities that are available during this MSc - particularly with the course’s industry connections - either as work or part of your research project. The staff are very supportive to students, and if you want to develop yourself for a career in research, will do their best to set you up with an industry connection, or help you if you want to consider publication of your final dissertation.