Professor Steve Evans
Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability
Steve Evans spent 12 years in industry, rising to become Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering, the world leading manufacturer of ejection seats. His industrial experience led to an emphasis on improving engineering performance and provided an excellent grounding for tackling complex, real-life problems.
Steve has over 20 years of academic experience which includes working collaboratively with leading industrial and academic institutions from around the globe and supervising over 120 PhD. and MSc. students at Cranfield. His research seeks a deep understanding of how industry develop solutions that move us towards a sustainable future. He researches and conducts projects with organisations to improve their performance in various dimensions; recent work includes:
- Sustainable factories
- Food systems for people with reduced access to food
- Sustainable city re-generation design
- Sustainable design and operations for mainstream car manufacturers
- Cars with water for exhaust that do 300mpg (equivalent).
He has observed that each sector (and each company in it) is only unique in the particular details which hold it back from better performance. The common issues (including lack of innovation, limited collaboration, poor performance management) can benefit from structured responses. Steve has helped organisations create and implement such structured responses to resolve a variety of problems. He has lead, or co-lead, the first UK EPSRC research projects in the fields of Concurrent Engineering, Co-development and Eco-design and is the Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability. he is also the director of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the IfM.
- Rashid, S. and Evans, S., (2011) Sustainable Manufacturing Strategies in UK Manufacturing: literature versus real practices, Journal of Institute of Operations management, V36, n1, 25-31
- Charnley, F., Lemon, M. and Evans, S. (2011) Exploring the process of whole system design, Journal of Design Studies 32 156-179
- Lettice, F., Wyatt C. and Evans S. (2010), Buyer–supplier partnerships during product design and development in the global automotive sector: who invests, in what and when?, International Journal Production Economics 127, 309–319
- Tan A., Matzen D., McAloone T. and Evans S. (2010), Strategies for Designing and Developing Services for Manufacturing Firms, CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, 3 (2010) 90–97
- Ball, P., Evans, S., Levers, A. and Ellison, D. (2009), Zero carbon manufacturing facility – towards integrating material, energy, and waste process flows, Proceedings Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B, J Engineering Manufacture, v223 (B9), 1085-1096.
- Abdul Rashid, S.H. Evans, S. & Longhurst, P. (2008). A comparison of four sustainable manufacturing strategies. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 3, September 2008, 214–229
- Evans S , Partidario,P and Lambert,J. (2007).Industrialization as a key element of sustainable product-service solutions. International Journal of Production Research, v45, n18, September 2007, pp4225-4246.
- Partidario,P, Lambert,J. and Evans S. (2007). Building more sustainable solutions in production-consumption systems: the case of food for people with reduced access. Journal of Cleaner Production, v15 (2007), pp513-524.
- Evans, S. (2002). Cogent – implementing a successful vehicle manufacturer/supplier co-development initiative, Journal of Materials and Manufacturing (SAE Transactions), v111, p 204.
- Burns, A. and Evans, S. (2002), Empathic Design - a new approach for understanding and delighting customers. International Journal of New Product Development and Innovation Management, v3 n4, Dec/Jan 2002, pp. 313-327.
- Principal investigator on TSB THERM energy & manufacturing waste re-use modeling project
- Lead Author on the SIS sustainable industrial system paper
- Principal Investigator on EPSRC sustainable engineering projects
- Principal Investigator on leading Product-Service Systems project
- Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords inquiry into Waste Reduction
- Member of the Board of the Centre for Sustainable Engineering
- Advisor to the Carbon Connect inquiry into environmental technology
- Partner in RiverSimple: open-source Hydrogen fuel cell powered future transport
- Member of Conservative Party Waste Commission
- ‘Sustainability Champion’ for Minister for Skills
- Airbus UK
- Jaguar/Land Rover
- Brompton Cycles
- Morgan Motor Company
- The city of Porto
- Nissan Technology Centre – Europe
- Toyota UK.