Mr David Adkins

Mr David Adkins

Lecturer in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management (Education)

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


MBA Programme Leader

Lecturer in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management


I joined the university in 2011, following a variety of industrial experiences, including a seagoing logistics role; and commercial and procurement management. My teaching focuses on two broad areas - procurement, and maritime business, including commercial practice and law. My research supports this, with my PhD linked to the competitiveness of regional maritime economies. 

I am particularly interested in student's academic and professional development, from their initial experiences in the early days of year one, through to the completion of the dissertation at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have some close industry ties, acting as a link between students, alumni and industry. 

Professional membership

Fellow of the Regional Studies Association
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Associate Member of the Institute of Export

Roles on external bodies

I am the Education Liaison Officer for the Devon & Cornwall branch of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Teaching interests

I lead the Plymouth MBA and STO712 research project module.

In addition, I am the module leader for MAR108 - Shipping Fundamentals, MAR331 Procurement and Supply Chain Law, and DAPMP305 Procurement and Supply Chain Law. 

I teach on MAR708 - International Procurement Management, MAR104 - Introducing Maritime Business, Law and Logistics, MAR324 - International Shipping, and MAR211 - Maritime Commercial Practice, Law and Regulation. I also teach procurement on our MBA Healthcare programme.

I have also taught 'Introduction to Shipping', 'Introduction to Logistics' and 'Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Study' at Plymouth University International College

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for the Global Online Network MBA/MBA Strategic Health and Social Care at the Manchester Metropolitan University. I am also the internal moderator for Plymouth University International College, and am the academic liaison for the Greenwich School of Management, and the Business College of Athens.

Research interests

My ongoing PhD research is titled 'Beyond GDP: Measuring the Effects of Clusters on Sustainable Development'.

My research interests focus on maritime clusters and their role in developing a sustainable maritime industry. Particular focus is on cluster governance and social capital within clusters. Allied to this is an interest in how the effects of clusters can be measured, especially beyond more traditional measures of GDP and GVA.

I am a member of the Competitiveness Institute and am part of their Cluster Evaluation Working Group.

Grants & contracts

2016 - Marine Institute Education Fund Grant
2015 - Faculty Research Facilitation Grant

'Maritime Cluster Governance: A Key Pillar of Sustainable Regional Development', The Port and Maritime Sector: Key Developments and Challenges - World Conference on Transport Research Society Special Interest Group 2 Conference, Antwerp, 3-4 May 2018

'The Effect of Cluster Governance', MLBP PhD Research Seminar, Plymouth, 15 December 2017

'Measuring the Impact of Clusters on Sustainable Development', Regional Studies 2017 Annual Conference 'the Great Regional Awakening: New Directions', Dublin, 4-7 June 2017

'Beyond GDP: A Framework for Measuring Sustainable Development in Maritime Clusters', 19th TCI Global Conference, Eindhoven, 8-10 November 2016

'Examining the Impact of Social Capital on Sustainability in UK Maritime Clusters', Eleventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Copenhagen, 21-23 January 2015

'UK Maritime Clusters: Assessing the Impact of Social Capital on Innovation and Sustainable Development', Geography of Innovation, Utrecht, 23-25 January 2014 

'Knowledge is power: Social and Environmental Success for UK Maritime Industries?', RSA Early Career Conference, Hamburg, 1-2 November 2012

Reports & invited lectures

'Maritime Clusters: Developing a Sustainable Maritime Industry', World Maritime Day - Plymouth, September 2017

'The Contemporary Role of Procurement in the Supply Chain', Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Venlo. November 2016.

Other academic activities

I am the group lead for the International Shipping & Logistics Group Visiting Speaker Programme

I am the Joint Chair of the Devon & Cornwall branch of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.