Staff Profiles: Prof. Neil Towers

Prof. Neil Towers

Staff Profile: Prof. Neil Towers
Chair in Retail Management / Marketing

Prof. Neil Towers

Prof. Neil Towers

Chair in Retail Management / Marketing

Marketing, Events and Law

Internationally recognised expert in agile digital retail marketing, supply chain management and small business growth.


I am an internationally recognised expert in agile digital retail marketing, supply chain management, small business growth and applied research giving significant impact to both businesses and higher education with over 35 years of extensive experience. I am Editor-in-Chief of a leading European journal, have wide experience of Lead roles in Research Leadership, am an Affiliate Professor of a leading French Business School, have been Keynote Speaker at a number of international conferences and am an Expert Adviser for several international bodies. I also make frequent appearances on various media outlets and have authored a number of sector policy reports and numerous papers in retail operations, supply chain and agility processes.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD "Production Activity Control systems within Small and Medium sized Enterprises supporting Supply Chain requirements" University of Manchester 2004
PGCert Academic Practice University of Manchester 2006
BSc Physical Sciences and Biology Oxford Polytechnic 1979



Membership of professional bodies

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Institute of Marketing

Teaching and research


Teaching has included part time and full time students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the subject areas of Marketing, Operations Management and Supply Chain Management. Also teach in Research Methodology for Inductive methods.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My research specialises in local and international supply chain management and investigates frictionless visibility between retail operations and agile supply chains. It includes a number of studies of global sourcing and planning for agile fashion products.


More publications from Prof. Neil Towers can be found in the Research Repository.

Completed Supervisions

External responsibilities

Media work with BBC local radio, BBC TV Points West and ITV South West.

Subjects for media interviews

Supply Chain Management, Retail online and stores, Fashion Marketing, Business

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Professional positions

Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

External examining

Regent University, London, 2015 to date, MSc Buying and Merchandise Management

Dublin Institute of Technology, 2015 to date, PG Cert Buying