Latterly, Systems Technology has been extended into the economic sphere – firstly via the financial version of the FKT equations applied to the analysis of the innovation process; secondly by an economic model of the electricity supply system and the nuclear fuel cycle; thirdly by the LEOPARD concept of industrial clusters, represented at Manchester by the North of England Polymer Processing Consortium (NEPPCO 1990-2008) of up to 70 member companies at its peak.
In fact the Leopard manufacturing cluster concept (LEaping on Opportunities Proffered by Advances in Regenerative Design) may be seen as a potential component of a new industrial strategy for the UK.
For over 30 years too, Stephen Bush has been a determined opponent of allowing Britain’s industrial base to wither in favour of an over-mighty financial sector. He has also been a lifelong opponent of Britain’s membership of the European Community (now Union). Whilst having spent many happy years living and working on the European continent, he remains convinced that whatever continental countries choose to do with their own futures, Britain must be free to pursue its own independent destiny.
Professor Bush is the author of some 160 scientific papers, 90 engineering reports and 20 granted patents. Most of these are archived under “Science & Engineering” in at least summary form on this website (see right-hand side panel). Summaries of Professor Bush’s 1200+ lectures to undergraduates and post-graduates at UMIST and Manchester delivered over a period of 25 years are to be found in the “People & Places” section of this website under “Lecture Courses” (see right-hand side panel). He has also lectured in many other universities and consulted with major firms, all over the world.
Professor Bush has woven much of his work into a “Science of Process Manufacture”, founded on the same cellular Flow, Kinetics and Transfer (FKT) equations for both the laboratory and industrial scales. Together with “Systems Technology” (opposite), this provides a common mathematical and experimental basis for the design, improvement, and (quality) control of processes and products at all scales of operation. Many others, at Manchester and ICI particularly, have of course contributed to achieving this synthesis.
Over the last 15 years the practical and theoretical knowledge gained from applying this synthesis in many companies has led Professor Bush and his students to develop the new field of Economic Engineering (EE). Through the definition and quantification of knowledge, and the cellular FKT equations applied to cash flows and investment, EE provides an innovative means for predicting the financial outcomes of Research and Development projects for new or improved products and processes (see the “Industry and Economics” section of this website).
Besides his scientific and engineering publications, Professor Bush has published 5 substantial pamphlets and two major essays on the wider issues of the place of manufacture in the economy, Britain’s membership of the European Union, and Education. He is the author of over 120 letters and articles on these and other subjects in the national press (see the “Politics & Education” section). Over time he has also been a contributor to most of the major British TV and radio current affairs programmes (see also Debretts “People of Today”). In May 2016, he published a 258 page book “Britain’s Referendum Decision and its Effects”, which is highly relevant to Britain’s Brexit negotiations.
In 2010, Professor Bush and his wife Gill set up Britain-watch.com as an e-journal for data and comment on contemporary issues. In 2010 also, Professor Bush stood for parliament in the British General election. His replies to electors are given on this website in the “Politics and Education” section. In 2014 he was a prize winner in the international competition, sponsored by the Institute of Economic Affairs, to provide a Blueprint for Britain outside the European Union entitled “Britain Revitalised”. A full CV for Professor Bush is to be found in the “People & Places” section of this website.