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I am a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in Quality and Performance Management, Organisational Behaviour and National Culture. I have worked as a researcher in Fraunhofer Institute in Germany after my first degree,  in Spain as a consultant and in Scotland as a Quality Engineer and Local Authority officer.

My first degree is on Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineer. I completed an MSc on Quality Management in the University of Paisley after being awarded a competitive scholarship by the Greek State. The scholarship allowed me to continue my postgraduate studies for a PhD on the area of Quality and Performance Management combined with the impact of National Culture on manufacturing companies practice.

I have worked in manufacturing and service sectors with one of the previous roles as a Quality and Service Review officer in a local authority where I applied lean management principles and quality improvement methods in both Housing and Finance Services.

I am a Chartered Quality Professional from the Chartered Quality Institute and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. I am also a certified EFQM assessor, PRINCE2 practitioner and previously ISO9000 auditor.


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

  • Critical Success Factors for Building Manufacturing Capacity in Uganda, Global Challenges Research Fund Seed Funding, Sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Making Engineering A Family Affair, Public Engagement Award Sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering,
  • Trailing the Trailblazer, the life of Dorothee Pullinger, Culture and Heritage Fund by Renfrewshire Council,
  • The Social Fabric– Engagement with the Materials of Art, Craft, and Industry. interdisciplinary activity at UWS on the interaction of People and Materials in research, industry, art, heritage, education and leisure. Starting at a local level, the project will extend nationally and globally
  • Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector (in collaboration with the colleagues form the School of Sport and Science)
  • Quality, Lean and Energy Saving (PhD studentship supervision)
  • Gender gap 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

Apr 2011Dec 2016

Performance Officer, Renfrewshire Council

Dec 2008Oct 2009

Lecturer, University of Paisley

Jan 2006Sep 2006

Research & Information Officer, Renfrewshire Council

May 2005Nov 2008

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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Scottish Crucible 2018

Evdoxia Viza (Recipient), 6 Apr 2018

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 1999 2019

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

Kosmala, K. (Chair), Viza, E. (Host), Jenni Manson (Advisor), Dr Nina Baker (Contributor), Grace, A. (Contributor), Hannah Brackston (Contributor), McCandlish, A. (Organiser)
11 Feb 2019

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


Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

Viza, E. (Presenter)
12 Jun 2018

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

Engineering Wonder: UWS - PACE Theatre company hosted workshops for youg people

Kosmala, K. (Organiser), Viza, E. (Presenter), Jenni Mason (Host), McCandlish, A. (Contributor), Hannah Brackston (Contributor)
22 Oct 2018

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


Coastal ecological protection and the construction of ecological cities

Viza, E. (Invited speaker)
16 Nov 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in Scotland paper session. UWS conference (In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland

Kosmala, K. (Speaker), Tara Beall (Speaker), Grace, A. (Speaker), Kirk, K. (Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker), Viza, E. (Speaker), Patricia Munoz De Escalona (Speaker), Dunn, M. (Speaker)
14 May 2018

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar


Press / Media

A car for a woman and other stories

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


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Driving ambition ahead of her time

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


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research