Repurposing production operations and manufacturing systems during the COVID-19 emergency: Meeting the demand of critical supplies

Project summary

Due to the shortage of essential products during the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world called for firms across the manufacturing sector to repurpose their production operations and supply chains to manufacturing critical products that have had shortages due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Repurposing can serve as a rapid response strategy to address shortages of Covid-19 essential medical and non-medical supplies by using idle manufacturing capacity.

Therefore, it is very much required to understand the roadblocks (barriers) that manufacturing companies may face to successfully repurpose their production systems. Thus, the objective of this research is to identify the roadblocks/barriers that may hinder the repurposing efforts of manufacturing companies.

Entry requirements

For our PhD programmes, we normally expect you to have a First or Upper-Second (2:1) honours degree and preferably a masters degree from a UK university or qualifications that we consider to be equivalent.

International students may also need to meet our English language requirements. Find out more about our entry requirements for international students.

Project specific requirements must align with the University’s standard requirements

How to apply

Please contact Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes ( the first instance.

The University has four starting points each year for MPhil/PhD programmes (September, January, March and June). Applications should be made at least three months before you would want to start your programme. Please note that if you require a visa additional time will be required.


Self-funded by student. There is a range of options that may be available to you to help you fund your PhD.