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Dr Lingxuan Liu

PhD supervision

Supply chain sustainability; environmental governance.


Lingxuan Liu joined Pentland Centre in March 2016 as a Lecturer of Sustainability at Management School of Lancaster University. His research interests include ethical supply chains, corporate sustainability strategies, environmental information disclosure & reporting, environmental policy and climate policy. Prior to Lancaster, he was the Lead Researcher, Greater China of The Sustainability Consortium, which is a leading global non-profit organization that works on supply chain sustainability reporting of consumer products in all major sectors. He completed PhD study in Nanjing University of China on environmental management and policy, during which he managed several research programs about eco-industrial parks and regional environmental policies. He also spent two years in University of California, Santa Barbara for an exchange program on environmental governance.

Research overview

Expertise and interests: supply chain sustainability; multi-stakeholder process in sustainability issues; multi-level environmental governance; circular economy; comparative environmental studies in U.S, China and UK;

Current Research

1) Supplier development practices for sustainability: working with global leading businesses and their suppliers, I look into the strategies, mechanism and effectiveness of supplier development and training programmes, and conduct observational or participatory action research to provide managerial insights as well as theoretical contribution, such as in organisational learning theories.


2) Information disclosure along the supply chains: to understand and unveil how and why focal companies disclose (or not) their supply chain sustainability information, and through such disclosure, what impacts are there in the public sectors, upstream industries, consumers, as well as social media.


3) WEEE and circular economy: I am the Co-I of an eight-month program working with key stakeholders of UK WEEE and e-waste, to review the WEEE policy & regulation and advise Defra on the WEEE target-setting in the future.


4) Environmental governance: China has developed a unique multi-level system of environmental governance, which provides local governments with both fiscal authority and political leverage to address environmental issues. The system is in transition through a number of mechanisms such as vertical management, regional cooperation, central inspections, civil litigation, etc. I am the Co-I of a five-year NSFC-UNEP project to examine the challenges and opportunities within the transitions.

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