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Dr Patricia Prado

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Dr Patricia Prado is Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics. Her recent research has investigated how structures, institutions and relationships support or undermine sustainable and resilient agrifood global value chains, and how this information can be used to support decision making for enhanced UK food security. She has focused on the governance of soy supply chains with fieldwork carried out in Brazil, strengthening scholarly networks and collaboration between Latin American and UK academic and non-academic agrifood stakeholders. Through this collaboration, she has been invited to be an Associate Professor of the Postgraduate Programme in Information Science at the Federal University of Para (UFPA), Brazil.

Patricia has progressed her international teaching experience at the UG and PG levels, particularly MBAs, in areas related to sustainability, management and innovation. She currently plays a leading role in the signature ‘Responsible Business’ area and is involved in developing new modules for the new programmes on the Business and HRM and Business Management. Patricia is keen to discuss PhD research proposals involving sustainable supply chains and responsible business models, with a particular interest in the food sector.

Prior to her academic career, Patricia has had business experience in implementing innovation and knowledge management processes in large companies such as Petrobras, in the energy sector.

Patricia Prado

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests lie in the area of sustainability and innovation, particularly looking at (i) ethical and sustainable practices in supply chains and responsible business models, and (ii) governance of agrifood global value chains and sustainable food systems. With a qualitative approach, my empirical interests involve Latin America/Brazil, emerging commodities in the Amazon region, agroecology, and organic production (not exclusively). I have experience and great interest in interdisciplinary research.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Citizen participation in food systems policy making: A case study of a citizens’ assembly, Doherty, B., Sidhu, Y., Heron, T., West, C., Seaton, A., Gulec, J., Prado, P., Flores Martinez, P. 7 May 2020, In: Emerald Open Research
  • Nurturing the Seeds of Sustainability Governance: Rio+25 Brazilian Higher Education Institution Case Study, Maruyama, U., Prado, P., Trigo, A., Trigo, J. 2020, World Sustainability Series (WSUSE), Switzerland, Springer
  • Private standards and public regulation for sustainably organising food supply chains: the case of organic production in Brazil, Prado, P., Heron, T., Doherty, B., Flores Martinez, P. 20 May 2020, 15th Organization Studies Summer Workshop
  • Food Systems Resilience: Towards an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda, Doherty, B., Ensor, J., Heron, T., Prado, P. 28 Jan 2019, In: Emerald Open Research
  • Sustainability governance across global supply chains: The case of ‘organic soy’ in Brazil, Prado, P., Heron, T., Doherty, B. 4 Jul 2019, 35th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium
  • Systemic Design in Food Security and Resilience: Building a Holon, Darzentas, J., Darzentas, J., de Bruin, A., Power, M., Prado, P., Carmien, S., Hobbs, E. Mar 2019, Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium, Oslo, Systemic Design Association
  • Global Value Chains and the Governance of ‘Embedded’ Food Commodities: The Case of Soy, Heron, T., Prado, P., West, C. 27 Nov 2018, In: Global Policy
  • Life cycle assessment and eco-innovations: What kind of convergence is possible?, Motta, W., Issberner, L., Prado, P. 20 Jun 2018, In: Journal of Cleaner Production
  • An integrated framework for studying food systems resilience: the case of the UK and soy, Heron, T., Doherty, B., West, C., Prado, P., Croft, S. 3 Dec 2017, 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security
  • Eco-innovations: Kick-starting the Circular Economy, Motta, W., Prado, P., Issberner, L. 11 Sep 2017, The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2017, Nagoya, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)

PGR Supervision

Thi Ai Van Tran The role of Non-governmental organisation (NGOs) in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) promotion among businesses in Vietnam. Start Date: 08/01/2021


  • Information Science PhD March 27 2013
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

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