Xinyi Kuang

Doctoral Student

Xinyi is a doctoral student in the Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIS) at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), Department of Engineering. She is a member of Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. Her PhD project is under the supervision of Professor Steve Evans, and fully supported by two advisors, Dr Mukesh Kumar and Dr Lili Jia.


Research Project

Her research studies supply chains with a focus on how Circular Economy might shape the fashion industry, the second largest polluter in the world, for achieving sustainability. This project receives funding from China Scholarship Council. By collaborating with industrial partners from fashion industry globally, the research initially adopts the qualitative method to understand the circular business model innovation, circular supply chain design and strategy, and the barriers existing among supply chain players for implementing CE, contributing to the theoretical knowledge of CE principles in the clothing sector. At the following stage, her research aims at modelling complexity in design for sustainability and circular economy by using quantitative methods such as agent-based simulation, system dynamics, big data analysis, machine learning, and operational research. The data analysis in turn will validate the CE principles identified at the first stage.


  • Industrial Sustainability for Fashion Industry
  • Data Driven Supply Chain Analysis
  • Circular Economy Business Model Innovation
  • Supply Chain Strategies & Design for CE
  • Operation Management
  • Complexity Theory - Agent based Modelling & System Dynamics
  • Big Data & Machine Learning


Educational Background

Prior to joining IfM at 2018, Xinyi obtained a MSc in Supply Chain and Logistics Management (SCLM) from WMG, University of Warwick, with an overall mark as 69 (High Merit). Her master dissertation identified the impacts of 3D Printing as a disruptive technology on supply chain sustainability, with a combined method of questionnaire and Structural Equation Model (SEM). She also holds a BEng degree in Air Transportation from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics(NUAA), where she conducted the graduation project to study the inventory optimization of spare parts for Spring Airlines.


Industrial Background

Whilst her industrial experience has been driven by her strong interest in exploring the operation management knowledge from each link of the value chain. From upstream to downstream, she worked as a supply chain planner in Tesco international sourcing office to learn the purchasing and manufacturing functions, as a dispatching trainee in BSH Group to understand dispatching and distribution functions, as an intern in DB Schenker to understand the transportation function, as an In-store logistics Young Potential in IKEA group to study the in-store logistics and warehousing functions, and as a customer service representative at SF Express to learn the basics of customer service.


TA/RA Experiences

  • EMBA Course: Operations Management, Judge Business School
  • 2CW Course: Sustainable Engineering, Department of Engineering
  • 1CW Course: The Engineer in Society, Department of Engineering


Contact Details

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