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Mr Jonathan Aylen - research

Research interests

Mr Aylen's research interests and publications in economics, technology and history cover a very wide range of topics including foresight and forecasting; open innovation and natural experiments; innovation in process industries; computerisation in steel and defence and the history of process control;  rolling mill design; the impact of climate change on tourism and forecasting wild fires in the face of climate change; recycling and clean production, alongside earlier research on cost-benefit analysis of historic building preservation;  international comparisons of performance; privatisation; choice of technique in steelmaking; and the econometrics of seasonality.

His research on forecasting attracted sustained funding from Corus Engineering Steels for almost two decades. He has extensive experience working with small firms in the North West of England, particularly on issues of supply chain management, plant layout and lean manufacturing. Jonathan has acted as consultant to a range of international bodies on steel and trade issues, including OECD and the ILO.

He is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences on steel technology; is a member of the rolling committee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Jonathan has given recent conference papers on the history of technology in Europe and North America.