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Department of Engineering

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai


Jagjit Singh Srai

Director of Research

Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management

Research group: Manufacturing Systems

Telephone: +44 1223 7 65601


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Research interests

A key focus of Dr Srai’s work is to develop methodologies that inform the analysis, design and operation of international manufacturing systems and supply network operations. The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, chaired by Dr Srai brings together leading academics, practitioners and policy makers in this applied area of strategic engineering and operations management.

Current research areas include global value network analysis, service network integration, supply network resilience, sustainable industrial systems network design, and the development of new forms of supply network that support emerging industries.

Methodologies developed are actively applied in ‘real-world’ applications, by supporting practitioners and policy makers to reconfigure engineering-production-supply-service networks demonstrating both the industrial relevance and impact of the research. Research partners necessarily include leading multinationals and institutional bodies.

Sector expertise in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Aerospace sectors and Urban last Mile Logistics.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

TSB Research grants in Last Mile logistics: Urban Construction Consolidation/Service Centre; Last Mile Portal for Parcel Delivery.

Manufacturing, design and materials

Several major research grants are being progressed that involve significant industrial collaboration: EPSRC Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation; EPSRC Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Network Design; EPSRC: Renewables for Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks; EPSRC/TSB Last Mile Logistics – B2B and B2C projects.


EPSRC Research grant in use of Renewables to support Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks; EPSRC Research grants in Continuous Manufacturing applied to Biopharmaceuticals.

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Part of University of Cambridge Global Food Security initiative.

Research projects

  • EPSRC: Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation
  • EPSRC: Engineering Driven Sustainable Supply Network Design.  EPSRC: Renewables for Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks
  • EPSRC/TSB grants in Last Mile Logistics: B2B and B2C projects

Teaching activity

  • Doctoral Training Centre – Continuous Manufacturing
  • Masters – Industrial Systems, Manufacturing and Management
  • Undergraduate- Manufacturing Engineering Tripos
  • Executive Education – Chalmers Business Sch, - Thailand  KTML

Research opportunities

PhD Scholarships - DTC Case Awards, EPSRC Awards.

Other positions

Fellow of the Institute for Chemical Engineers


Dr Srai’s is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge where he completed his PhD in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management. His research work and that of his group involves working closely with Industry in the analysis, design and operation of international production, supply and service networks, in particular network configuration design and industrial capability development. Before joining Cambridge University in 2003, Jag's previous roles have been in industry as a Manufacturing & Supply Chain Director of a Multinational (multiregional) operation, Technical Director of a National business, and other Senior Management positions, with over 17 years industrial experience in a variety of front-line Manufacturing and Supply Chain operational roles. He is a Chartered Engineer.