Patricia van Loon

Assistant Professor at Supply and Operations Management

Assistant Professor, at the division of Supply and Operations Management, at the Department of Technology Management and Economics.

Patricia has a background in Industrial Engineering and Operations management and Logistics from Technical University Eindhoven (in the Netherlands). She gained her PhD degree from Heriot-Watt University (in Scotland) in 2013 with a thesis called “An assessment of the sustainability of e-fulfilment models for the delivery of fast-moving consumer goods to the home”. Between 2014 and 2017 she was employed at INSEAD (France) as postdoc working on the FP7 ResCoM project with as aim to help manufacturers to close the loop by taking back products for reuse and remanufacturing. In Sweden, she worked at RISE and Chalmers Industriteknik, before starting at Chalmers as assistant professor in 2020.

Her research spans around closed-loop supply chains, circular economy, and sustainability, focusing on the transition of larger manufacturing companies towards circular business models and the economic and environmental impact of these new business models. She has studied a wide variety of products, including various automotive components, batteries, electric tools, furniture, lights, strollers, and white goods. She further explores how the environmental impact of online retailing can be reduced.

She has worked and published together with large manufacturing companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Gorenje. Her work is published in the International Journal of Production Research, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Industrial Ecology, among others.

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Showing 6 publications

2021

Designing a circular business strategy: 7 years of evolution at a large washing machine manufacturer

Patricia van Loon, Luk N. Van Wassenhove, Aleš Mihelič
Business Strategy and the Environment. Vol. In Press
Journal article
2021

Circular products and business models and environmental impact reductions: current knowledge and knowledge gaps

Patricia van Loon, Derek Diener, Steve Harris
Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 288
Journal article
2021

Metal and Plastic Recycling Flows in a Circular Value Chain

Sasha Shahbazi, Patricia van Loon, Martin Kurdve et al
Klos Z.S., Kalkowska J., Kasprzak J. (eds) Towards a Sustainable Future - Life Cycle Management, p. 195-206
Book chapter
2020

Transition to the circular economy: the story of four case companies

Patricia van Loon, Luk N. Van Wassenhove
International Journal of Production Research. Vol. 58 (11), p. 3415-3422
Journal article
2020

Comparative Greenhouse Gas Footprinting of Online versus Traditional Shopping for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods: A Stochastic Approach

Sadegh Shahmohammadi, Zoran J. N. Steinmann, Lau Tambjerg et al
Environmental Science & Technology. Vol. 54 (6), p. 3499-3509
Journal article
2020

Leasing or buying white goods: comparing manufacturer profitability versus cost to consumer

Patricia van Loon, Charles Delagarde, Luk N. Van Wassenhove et al
International Journal of Production Research. Vol. 58 (4), p. 1092-1106
Journal article

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Showing 5 research projects

2021–2025

High performing circular battery flows

Patricia van Loon Supply and Operations Management
Mats Johansson Supply and Operations Management
Sara Fallahi Innovation and R&D Management
Martina Petranikova Nuclear Chemistry
Mathias Magnerius Supply and Operations Management
Swedish Energy Agency

2021–2024

Transitioning to IoT enabled circular production systems and value chains (IoTCirProd)

Patricia van Loon Supply and Operations Management
Mathias Magnerius Supply and Operations Management
Patrik Jonsson Supply and Operations Management
Frida Lind Supply and Operations Management
Carla Ferreira Supply and Operations Management
VINNOVA

2021–2022

Assessment of centralized and decentralized systems for collection, reuse and recycling of EV batteries

Patricia van Loon Supply and Operations Management
Mats Johansson Supply and Operations Management
Christian Ekberg Energy and Material
Burcak Ebin Nuclear Chemistry
Martina Petranikova Nuclear Chemistry
AoA Transport Funds

2020–2020

Long-term impacts of Corona on the sustainability of online clothing retailing

Patricia van Loon Supply and Operations Management
AoA Transport Funds

2020–2022

Improving the transport effectiveness and environmental footprint of clothing returns

Patricia van Loon Supply and Operations Management
Swedish Energy Agency

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