Published on 16/02/2021
Three members of Aston University academic staff
  • Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists in the UK
  • Fellowships awarded to Tim Baines, Prasanta Dey and Monder Ram
  • Fellowships recognise the impact of their research and engagement with business

Prestigious fellowships of the Academy of Social Sciences have been awarded to Professors Tim Baines, Prasanta Dey and Monder Ram from Aston Business School in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research and the application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy.

Tim Baines is a professor in operations strategy and executive director of the Advanced Services Group. Tim is an international leader in research underpinning the adoption of servitization within manufacturing industry. His research provides executives with the knowledge, frameworks and tools that allow them to understand, evaluate and accelerate the adoption of high-value service based business models within their organisations.

He has been at the forefront of the development of new thinking in manufacturing operations strategy and servitization for over 25 years. He has published in a range of world leading and internationally renowned journals, such as the International Journal of Operations and Production Management and the International Journal of Production Economics. His impact and contribution to practice is reflected in the extensive global collaborations he has established with companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Caterpillar, Ford, Goodyear, Rolls-Royce and Thales.

Prasanta Dey is a professor of operations and information management specialising in supply chain management and project management. He has published more than 130 research papers in leading international journals. His work has helped numerous SMEs in the developing countries like India, Bangladesh and Thailand to deal with sustainability issues and challenges.

He was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Newton Prize, which celebrates outstanding international research partnerships that play an important role in addressing challenges in developing countries such as producing clean energy, HIV prevention, the protection of historical sites, how to tackle water pollution, as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently leading a project entitled ‘Low carbon supply chain adoption in SMEs supply chain across the world’ with the involvement of researchers and industry practitioners and is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Energy Sector Management.

Monder Ram is professor of small business and director of the Centre for Research into Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to ethnic minority businesses.

His work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies including research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector. He has served in the former Department of Trade and Industry’s Ethnic Minority Business Forum and Small Business Council. He currently sits on the 'Equalities Advisory Group at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, was named as one of the country’s most influential Asians by the Institute of Asian Professionals and was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours List for his services to black and ethnic minority businesses.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its purpose is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for public benefit. Academy Fellows are leading professional social scientists from academia and the public and private sectors.

All candidates for fellowship are robustly reviewed by their peers and have been recognised for the excellence of their work and its applications in academia, business and the public sector. 

Professor Pawan Budhwar, Head of Aston Business School, said:
“I am delighted that three of our eminent professors have received these prestigious fellowships from the Academy of Social Sciences. These fellowships are an important recognition of the impact the made by Professors Baines, Dey and Ram with their research and engagement with businesses, and the international standing of their work.”



Notes to editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive.

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