Doctoral student writing

Socio-economic and policy impacts of technology in Food Sector

  • School: Nottingham Business School
  • Starting: 2018
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Self-funded


Technology plays a great impactful role in our routine life and also in profit-making businesses. This technology has been adopted successfully in different sectors such as health care, manufacturing and service sectors to enhance overall performance. Growing demand for food necessitates the use of technology in production, distribution and preservation of food to increase supply and to maintain a sustainable food flow. Recently, we also see some applications of technology namely, Internet of Things (IoT) in maintaining food quality such as temperature monitoring and odour sensing (Porter and Heppelmann, 2014). Some of these IoT applications are widely used in food storage, warehouses and logistics (vans and trucks).

Gross domestic product of any growing nation is partly dependent on their level of export. In the last few decades, globalisation in businesses has brought opportunity for food producers and distributors to export their excess home-grown food products. However, in this context, food quality, food security and food traceability are some main concerns of food exporters and consumers.  Nations with huge capacity of food production struggle to export their excess food production due to lack of compliance with quality and security regulations from Food Standards Agency of various nations. To tackle this situation, it may be important to have food policy in place and also to use appropriate level of smart technology applications effectively in production and storage to convince the local Food Quality Control Associations in order to join the global food supply chain. Some practitioners are using simple technology such as RFID and bar code scanning to enhance tracking and traceability. In your research project, you can see how food policies with support of (smart) technology can:

  • help sustainable food flow locally and globally
  • empower the food sector with traceability
  • help building social and economic status of the local community
  • help building necessary infrastructure and capacity

Porter, M. E. and Heppelmann, J. E., (2014). How smart, connected products are transforming competition. Harvard Business Review.


Dr Usha Ramanathan

Entry qualifications

An applicant for admission to read for a PhD should normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification, or a lower second class honours degree with a Master's degree at Merit level of a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

International students will also need to meet the English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0). Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. A research proposal (between 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words) must be submitted as part of the application.

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