I was at CREES from 1966-1969 as an SRC funded research student in Soviet engineering production supervised by Bob Davies and the late John Grayson, having previously worked as a process development engineer. On the completion of my research studentship I went to work for a machine tool company engaged in the export of advanced manufacturing equipment to the Soviet motor industry. I also kept in touch with the Centre on subsequent projects related to technological assessments of Soviet industries, working with Bob Davies, Mike Berry, Phil Hanson, Ron Amman and Julian Cooper.
I am now an Emeritus Professor in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at CREES. I retired from a Chair in Russian and East European Industrial Studies at Loughborough in 2007, having worked on East-West technology transfer, post-Soviet climate change policy and operations management. I am now working on pre-Revolutionary Russian technology.
My main memory of Centre in the 1960s and 70s is of enthusiastic staff carrying out research on a range of topics related to the history, politics, economics, society and technology of the former Soviet Union and pre-Revolutionary Russia. In particular, the Centre became established as the leading international research centre on Soviet industry through its interdisciplinary research, and the quality of its staff and their publications. Those were certainly heady days.