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Patricia Prado
Post Doctoral Research Associate IKnowFood



Patricia Prado joined the York Management School in 2017 as a Post Doctoral Research Associate on the IKnowFood Project, working on Research Theme 2 ‘Supply Chain’. Patricia holds a PhD in Information Science from UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and was a visiting doctoral student at CENTRIM, University of Brighton, developing her studies on intra-firm diffusion of innovation in Project-Based Organizations (PBOs). Prior to joining TYMS, Patricia has worked in Management Schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, teaching to undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students. Patricia also has business experience in implementing innovation and knowledge management processes in large companies such as Petrobras, the leading oil company in Brazil.

Subject Group

People, Operations and Marketing



Dr Prado current research investigates how structures, institutions and relationships support or undermine sustainable and resilient agrifood global value chains (GVCs), and how this information can be used to support decision making for enhanced UK food security. The research involves qualitative work utilising theories of ‘sustainability governance’ found in the political, economic and environmental sciences literatures and fieldwork carried out at the north, central-west and south of Brazil. She has a central role in the soy governance research  on IKnowFood. Her research interests include: food systems, governance of agrifood GVCs, innovation, sustainable supply chains, Latin America/Brazil, soy, organic production.


Selected publications

Journal Articles

Doherty, B., Ensor, J. Heron, T. Prado, P. (2019). Food systems resilience: towards an inderdisciplinary research agenda. Emerald Open Research, 1.

Heron, T., Prado, P., & West, C. (2018). Global Value Chains and the Governance of ‘Embedded’Food Commodities: The Case of Soy. Global Policy, 9, 29-37.

Motta, W.; Issberner, L.-R.; Prado, P. (2018). Life cycle assessment and eco-innovations: what kind of convergence is possible? Journal of Cleaner Production 187, p. 1103-1114.

Prado, P.; Sapsed, J. (2016). The anthropophagic organization: How innovations transcend the temporary in a Project-Based Organization. Organization Studies 37(12), p. 1793-1818.

Conference Papers

Prado, P., Heron, T., Doherty, B. Sustainability governance across global supply chains: The case of ‘organic soy’ in Brazil. 35th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium - Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations. Track: Supply Chain and Responsible Forms of Organizing. Edinburgh, July 2019.

Heron, T., Doherty, B., West, C., Prado, P., Croft, S. An integrated framework for studying food systems resilience: the case of the UK and soy. 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security. Cape Town, South Africa, December 2017.

Motta, W., Prado, P., Issberner, L. R. Eco-innovations: Kick-starting the Circular Economy. The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2017: East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery. In: ECSEE 2017 Proceedings. Brighton, UK, July 2017.

Doherty, B., Ensor, J., Heron, T., Prado, P. Food Systems Resilience: Towards an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda. 12th Organization Studies Summer Workshop: Food Organizing Matters: Paradoxes, Problems and Potentialities. Crete, Greece. May 2017.

Prado, P., Issberner, L.-R. Determinants of eco-innovations in Brazilian firms: a review. BAM 2016 - British Academy of Management Conference. In: BAM 2016 Proceedings. Newcastle, UK. September 2016.

Prado, P. Eco-innovations in Brazil: policies and adoptions. 31st European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium - Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility. Athens, Greece, July 2015.

Motta, W., Prado, P., Issberner, L.-R. Life Cycle Assessment and the Eco-innovation generation. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) Conference 2015. Nottingham, UK. June 2015.

Motta, W., Prado, P., Issberner, L.-R. Eco-innovation: its inverse relationship with natural resources use and waste generation. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) Conference 2015. Nottingham, UK. June 2015.

Prado, P., Issberner, L.-R. Eco-innovations in Brazil: effective policies? BAM 2014 - British Academy of Management Conference. Belfast, UK, September 2014.

Prado, P., Sapsed, J. How are temporary innovations made permanent practices? 30th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium. Rotterdam, Netherlands, July 2014.

Prado, P., Sapsed, J. Managerial determinants of intra-firm innovation diffusion. BAM 2013 - British Academy of Management Conference. Liverpool, UK, September 2013.

Prado, P., Sapsed, J. Push-through and pull-through: the diffusion of innovations in a project-based organisation. 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT): Science, Technology and Innovation in the Emerging Markets Economy. Porto Alegre, Brazil. April 2013.

Prado, P. Innovation and knowledge: an intra-firm diffusion perspective from a project-based organisation. BAM 2012 - British Academy of Management Conference. Cardiff, UK. September 2012.

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