Contact Professor David Oglethorpe
David joined Cranfield University as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Cranfield School of Management in September 2019. Before that, he served as Dean at Sheffield University Management School for six years.
David has an undergraduate honours degree in Agricultural Economics (1988) and a PhD in Environmental Economics (1996), both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Between his degrees, David worked in the property and food sectors and he has remained focused on land use, natural resource and food throughout his career. After working as a Research Associate at Newcastle University, David joined the Scottish Agricultural College and Edinburgh University as senior lecturer in 1996, becoming head of the Natural Resource Economics Department and later the Land Economy Division. David left academia in 2004 to work with the newly formed English Farming and Food Partnerships as Economics and Research Director, in a new venture supported by Defra to help re-engage and re-connect the food supply chain. David returned to academic life in 2006 to a Chair in Sustainable Supply Chain Management at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University where he was also appointed as Associate Dean, Research in 2010 before leaving for Sheffield. David has been external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at several leading Universities, is a regular member of Peer Review Teams for AACSB and EQUIS and is the only UK Dean on AACSB's global Continuous Improvement Review Committee.
As well as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean, David is also Chair in Environmental Sustainability and as a trained environmental and natural resource economist,
David’s research has focused on the creation of, and demand for, externalities
of production, principally food, taking a quantitative, operational research
and mathematical modelling approach. Initially
based on the land use sector, his research has expanded to examine the wider food
supply chain and some of his recent research has tried to find optimal
solutions to multi-dimensional environmental problems, examining trade-offs
between triple-bottom-line objectives. Most recently, this research has focused on
the economic value of water, examining how real-world resource allocation
decisions might change if water were priced to reflect its environmental value
as well as economic cost. His research published in leading environmental journals such as
Science of the Total Environment, Ecological Economics, Environment and
Planning A and Business Strategy and the Environment.
Over the years, David has worked both in academia and industry with a range of clients including Tesco, Premier Foods, AB Agri, a large number of agri-food cooperatives and with organisations such as CIPS and CILT. David has also been a member of several high-level advisory bodies and governmental panels, such as the Defra LINK Sustainable Arable Programme Committee, the Prime Ministers Strategy Unit Consultation on Climate Change, the USDA ERS Workshop on Local Food Systems and has served on the Council of the UK Chartered Association of Business Schools. He has been PI on over 30 research grants over the last 20 years funded by the ERSC, NERC, Defra, SERAD and the British Academy, with a total personal contribution of around £2m.
Articles In Journals
- Cantarelli CC, Oglethorpe D & van Wee B (2021) Perceived risk of lock-in in the front-end phase of major transportation projects, Transportation, Available online 11 May 2021.
- Lowe BH, Oglethorpe DR & Choudhary S (2020) Comparing the economic value of virtual water with volumetric and stress-weighted approaches: A case for the tea supply chain, Ecological Economics, 172 (June) Article No. 106572.
- Lowe BH, Oglethorpe DR & Choudhary S (2020) Shifting from volume to economic value in virtual water allocation problems: a proposed new framework and methodology, Journal of Environmental Management, Available online 8 April 2020.
- Lowe BH, Oglethorpe DR & Choudhary S (2020) Dataset on the in-stream and off-stream economic value of water, Data in Brief, 30 (June) Article No. 105434.
- Ahodo K, Oglethorpe D, Hicks HL & Freckleton RP (2019) Estimating the farm-level economic costs of spring cropping to manage Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) in UK agriculture (In press), Journal of Agricultural Science, 157 (4) 318-332.
- Lowe B & Oglethorpe D. Choudhary S (2018) Marrying unmarried literatures: The water footprint and environmental (economic) valuation, Water (Switzerland), 10 (12) Article No. 1815.
- Obayi R, Koh S, Oglethorpe D & Ebrahimi S (2017) Improving retail supply flexibility using buyer-supplier relational capabilities, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 37 (3) 343-362.
- Farizo B, Oglethorpe D & Soliño M. (2016) Personality traits and environmental choices: On the search for understanding, Science of the Total Environment, 566-567 (October) 157-167.
- Shokri A, Oglethorpe D & Nabhani F (2014) Evaluating Six Sigma methodology to improve logistical measures of food distribution SMEs, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25 (7) 998-1027.
- Shokri A, Oglethorpe D & Nabhani F. (2014) Evaluating sustainability in the UK fast food supply chain: Review of dimensions, awareness and practice, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25 (8) 1224-1244.
- Oglethorpe D & Heron G. (2013) Testing the theory of constraints in UK local food supply chains, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 33 (10) 1346-1367.
- McLeay F & Oglethorpe D. (2013) Social marketing, parental purchasing decisions, and unhealthy food in developing countries: A Nigerian typology, Journal of Consumer Behaviour , 12 (3) 232-242.
- Baranchenko Y & Oglethorpe D. (2011) The potential environmental benefits of co-operative businesses within the climate change agenda, Business Strategy and the Environment , 21 (3) 197-210.
- Gadema Z & Oglethorpe D. (2011) The use and usefulness of carbon labelling food: A policy perspective from a survey of UK supermarket shoppers, Food Policy, 36 (6) 815-822.
- Oglethorpe D. (2010) Optimising economic, environmental, and social objectives: A goal-programming approach in the food sector, Environment and Planning A, 42 (5) 1239-1254.
- Oglethorpe D. & Heron G. (2010) Sensible operational choices for the climate change agenda, The International Journal of Logistics Management, 21 (3) 538-557.
- Oglethorpe D & Miliadou D. (2010) Economic valuation of the non-use attributes of a wetland: A case-study for Lake Kerkini, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 43 (6) 755-767.
- Oglethorpe D (2009) Food miles - the economic, environmental and social significance of the focus on local food, CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 4 (072) 1-11.
- Moran D, Macleod M, McVittie A, Lago M & Oglethorpe D. (2007) Dynamics of water use in Scotland, Water and Environment Journal, 21 (4) 241-251.
- Peddie S, Stott A, Oglethorpe D & Gunn G. (2005) Communicating food-safety risks to key stakeholders, EuroChoices, 4 (2) 42-49.
- Zografos C & Oglethorpe D. (2004) Multi-criteria analysis in ecotourism: Using goal programming to explore sustainable solutions, Current Issues in Tourism, 7 (1) 20-43.
- Oglethorpe D, Hanley N, Hussain S & Sanderson R. (2000) Modelling the transfer of the socio-economic benefits of environmental management, Environmental Modelling & Software, 15 (4) 343-356.
- Oglethorpe D & Sanderson R. (1999) An ecological-economic model for agri-environmental policy analysis, Ecological Economics, 28 (2) 245-266.
- Hanley N & Oglethorpe D. (1999) Emerging policies on externalities from agriculture: An analysis for the European union, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 81 (5) 1222-1227.
- Oglethorpe D & Sanderson R. (1998) Farm characteristics and the vegetative diversity of grasslands in the North of England: A policy perspective, Biodiversity and Conservation, 7 (10) 1333-1347.
- Dunn S, Mackay R, Adams R & Oglethorpe D. (1996) The hydrological component of the NELUP decision-support system: An appraisal, Journal of Hydrology, 177 (3-4) 213-235.
- Oglethorpe D. (1995) Farm-level economic modelling within a river catchment decision support system, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 38 (1) 93-106.
- Oglethorpe D. (1995) The economic and ecological impact at the farm level of adopting pennine dales environmentally sensitive area (esa) grassland management prescriptions, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 38 (1) 125-136.