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I am a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer with focus on Quality Management and Continuous Improvement.  I am a Chartered Quality Professional from the Chartered Quality Institute, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I have a diverse engineering background with project management and Six Sigma applied knowledge in the industry and research.

My research is centred on applying operations management, quality improvement and lean principles to solve industry problems as well as how they apply to the work of craft groups and in the cottage industry particularly in low resource economies. I am interested in user centred approaches and interdisciplinary research projects with focus on systems approach and sustainability.

 Awarded Grants:

(2020), Global Challenges Research Fund, Empowering Women in protracted displacement in Nigeria: entrepreneurship, livelihoods and communities of resistance, Co- Applicant

(2019) Royal Academy of Engineering, GCRF Africa Catalyst Programme, Partnership with APWEN (Association with Professional Women Engineers in Nigeria)

(2019), Scottish Funding Council, “Changing the landscape within Engineering and Physical Sciences (Equality and Inclusion in industry, academia and research)”, Principal Investigator

(2019), Global Challenges Research Fund (seed funding), “Building Manufacturing capacity for Kenyan Craft Women”, Principal Investigator

(2018), Culture, Event and Heritage Fund Renfrewshire Council, “Trailing the trailblazer - in the steps of Dorothee Pullinger (engineer, pioneer and business woman)”, Co Applicant

(2018), Scottish Crucible, “Seaweed based medical patch for delivery of heart medication”, Co-Applicant

(2018) GCRF Seed Funding, Frontiers of Engineering Development, Circular Economy call, “Circular Economy In Motion”, Co Applicant

(2018) Ingenious Award for Public Engagement by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Making Engineering a Family Affair – Principal Investigator

(2017), GCRF Seed Funding, Royal Academy of Engineering, Critical Success Factors for Building Manufacturing Capacity for Craft Women in Uganda – Principal Investigator

(2017) Ingenious Award for Public Engagement by the Royal Academy of Engineering, A car for Women and other stories – Team member

(2017) (In)Visible Stories: An investigation of the status of Intangible History in Scotland, by UWS Crucible – Team Member

(2017) The Social Fabric: Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft and Industry, Vice Principal of UWS fund, Team member

Area of academic expertise - outline

My research interests are Quality Management, Performance Management, the impact of National Culture on International Business Models, Equalities and Circular Economy.

Engineering Management is also a topic that I am very keen to research – it combines the technical and scientific knowledge of Engineering with “softer” issues such as motivation, human elements, communication, sustainability, globalisation and cultural influences. I think that since we prepare graduates to work in a global environment we have a duty to prepare them to do so with providing more than just the technical expertise.

I have recently developed an interest for STEM education in Primary and Secondary schools and more specifically how we can shape young minds and aspire for learning and following a career in STEM and particular in Engineering. I strongly believe that there is a missing link between primary schools and science and I hope to investigate it further.

The reported lack of female engineers (as well as across all STEM areas) is something that I am currently involved and I would like to deepen my knowledge and expertise by doing further research and by bringing my personal experience on the issues.

Circular Economy is one of my the research areas that I would like to explore and potentially link with international experts that they have an established expertise on the subject

Current research activities

  • Female Enterpreunership for African craft women
  • Quality, Lean and Energy Saving (PhD studentship supervision)
  • Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment in low resource economies
  • Gender gap in STEM
  • STEM engagement for female pupils in middle and low income countries
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in STEM
  • Circular Economy/Industrial Ecology

Desired research direction

  • STEM in Primary Education
  • STEM in Secondary Education
  • National Culture effect on STEM uptake
  • Gender issues in Engineering
  • Engineering Management in a global perspective
  • Interdisciplinary projects on Engineering, Social Sciences, Culture and Arts
  • Sustainability and remanufacturing

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • EFQM
  • PSIF
  • Performance Management
  • Equality and Gender action
  • Widen participation
  • Public/Community Engagement and Consultation
  • National Culture
  • Engineering Management
  • Industrial studies

External positions

Business Performance and Planning Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Sep 2014Jul 2015

Service Review & Development Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Nov 2009Dec 2016

Performance Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Dec 2005Oct 2009

Quality Engineer, Hoover Candy

Jan 2003Jan 2004

Quality Management Researcher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeistwirtschaft und Organisation - Außenstelle STEP

Jul 1997Mar 1998


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Engineering Management
  • Quality assurance
  • Performance Analysis
  • TS Manufactures
  • Operations Management
  • quality improvement
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • National Culture
  • HA Statistics
  • Statitstical Process Control
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • National Cutlure
  • Equalities
  • L Education (General)
  • STEM in prmary schools

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Research Output

  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article
Open Access
  • 6 Downloads (Pure)

    Are current SERVQUAL dimensions applicable for measuring service quality within the Scottish emergency services?

    Bruce, D., Cano, M. & Viza, E., 30 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the 22nd Excellence in Services International Conference: Perotis College, Thessaloniki (Greece), 29 and 30 August 2019. Italy, p. 57-73 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 23 Downloads (Pure)

    Critical success factors for implementing continuous improvement approaches within public sector organisations

    Cano, M., Viza, E. & Kourouklis, A., 30 Sep 2017, 20th Excellence in Services University of Verona International Conference: Conference Proceedings. Italy, p. 131-146 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 24 Downloads (Pure)

    Quality management in Europe: do national culture and company size matter?

    Viza Caddell, E., MacArthur, D. E., Musgrove, C. & Lipovatz, D. D., 5 Jun 2005, Proceedings of the 2nd International Scientific Conference on Information Technology and Quality . Crowe, M., Iliopoulos, C. & Tseles, D. (eds.). University of Paisley

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Prizes

    Scottish Crucible 2018

    Viza, Evdoxia (Recipient), 6 Apr 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    Trailing Trailblazer’, celebrating STEM careers for all with drama and creative technical workshops

    Katarzyna Kosmala (Chair), Evi Viza (Host), Jenni Manson (Advisor), Dr Nina Baker (Contributor), Anthony Grace (Contributor), Hannah Brackston (Contributor) & Alison McCandlish (Organiser)

    11 Feb 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement


    Dorothée Pullinger’s family visit hosted by UWS to review the plaque designs to commemorate her acheivements

    Katarzyna Kosmala (Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Participant), Donna McMillan (Host), Carl Schaschke (Speaker), Dominic Elliott (Participant), Ilona Koscieja (Participant), Evdoxia Viza (Participant), Yvette Le Couvey (Visitor), Miya le Couvey (Visitor) & James McDonald (Visitor)

    19 Jun 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

    Evdoxia Viza (Presenter)

    12 Jun 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

    Frontiers of Engineering for Development - Symposium 5: The Circular Economy

    Evdoxia Viza (Participant)

    30 Apr 20182 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    Coastal ecological protection and the construction of ecological cities

    Evdoxia Viza (Invited speaker)

    16 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    UWS to commemorate D Pullinger while Riverside Museum opens the new exhibition

    Yvette Le Couvey , Dr Nina Baker , Katarzyna Kosmala, Evdoxia Viza & Tony Grace


    4 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Dr Nina Baker , Evi Viza, Katarzyna Kosmala & Craig Mahoney


    5 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    PACE Theatre and UWS partner to promote STEM careers for all

    Jenni Manson , Katarzyna Kosmala & Evi Viza


    4 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    A car for a woman and other stories

    Katarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker , Neil Johnson-Symington & Evi Viza


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Driving ambition ahead of her time

    Katarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk, Evi Viza, Anthony Grace & Dr Nina Baker


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research