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Dr Jennifer Johns receives Provost Prize for Academic Excellence for the School of Management

14 June 2021

The School of Management are delighted to congratulate Dr Jennifer Johns for being awarded The Provost Prize for Academic Achievement in recognition of her academic and industry work on digital technologies and her recent ESPRC grant success.

The £1m transdisciplinary project 'Brokering Additive Manufacturing' is in collaboration with the Design and Manufacturing Futures Lab, University of Bristol, with engineers Gopsill, Hicks and Snider and with industry partnersIt means an award of £250K to the School of Management to support the Digitalisation and Future of work interdisciplinary research themes.  The project will build and demonstrate a cloud-based distributed manufacturing solution for additive manufacturing (3D printing) to help solve supply chain issues related to COVID-19 and BREXIT in the UK.  Jennifer brings theoretical contributions in the understanding of commercial business models, empirical data collection to understand demand and supply and the necessary industry connections, and the project partners attached to the grant. The EPSRC is increasingly focused on the impact of their grants (a real opportunity for management scholars here) so Jennifer will bring management and related social science expertise in leading and maximising the industry and policymaking impacts of the grant.  

This grant award was preceded by Jennifer’s work on entrepreneurial uses of Makerspaces and 3D printing technologies, which led to a £10K British Academy grant in 2019/20.  She presents annually at the globally renowned knowledge exchange conference, the Additive Manufacturers User Groupand is now a committee member. After publishing her industry report on additive manufacturing, Jennifer has established herself as the leading authority in the sector on change dynamics, business models and shifting geographies of production in relation to additive manufacturing. She is frequently commissioned to write industry magazine articles, to make keynote speeches at conferences and is now Academic Advisor to the GTMA trade association and Reshoring UK.  This industry engagement work has been supported by School and ESRC IAA funds and they form the basis of her impact case.  Her work on this topic has been published or is under review in high quality and impactful journals including Environment and Planning A, Administrative Science Quarterly and Global Networks.  

This award win responds directly to the University of Bristol's commitment to increasing grant income and to foster cross-Faculty collaborations.  Research activities across management and engineering are particularly welcomed given the planned presence of both Schools at Temple Quarter. Inter- and trans-disciplinary work can be very challenging, but Jennifer hopes to be able to bring some insights (to share alongside those of other colleagues) to support us in our social science facing (and beyond!) management work.   


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