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Social Responsibility & Sustainability Group

Carole Parkes

Carole Parkes

Carole Parkes research interests and publications are in Ethics, CSR, Human Rights, Poverty and HRM.

She has also been key driver for Aston’s early and active involvement with the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education - (PRME) that aim to be a driver for change the education of future business leaders in creating an inclusive and sustainable global economy. This has included leading curriculum change across the Business School & and now the University. She developed Business, Ethics, Responsibility & Sustainability on the Aston MBA and the MSc in Social Responsibility & Sustainability.

Carole regularly participates in related events, locally and globally including Rio+20 Earth Summit and UN PRME summits. In 2012, she was the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics in Chicago. Locally, Carole works with a range of community groups including Directing the ‘Birmingham Centre for Business Ethics’, Management Council Member for CIGB and Steering Group member for ‘Giving Hope, Changing Lives’ social inclusion process. 

Dr John Blewitt

John Blewitt

John Blewitt's research interests are in the areas of urban sustainable design, new media affordances and sustainability communications particularly environmental and political documentary film.  In 2011 he edited a Special Issue of Environmental Education Research (Vol.17, No.6) on the media, animal conservation and environmental education. He has also been a member of the Spectacular Environmentalisms Group which undertook an event ethnography of the 2010 Wildscreen International Environmental and Wildlife Film Festival. Their collective responses to the award winning film Green can be found on here. He is currently exploring the relationship between new media, cultural heritage and urban sustainability and is working closely with staff developing the new Library of Birmingham, The Royal Society of Arts and Be Birmingham. He is also a Library of Birmingham 'Face' and is currently exploring the redesign and reimagining of public library spaces as catalysts for local democracy, social inclusion and economic well-being. He has given a number of public talks on this subject including one at the Flemish Ministry of Education conference on Media and Learning called Digital Media and the Right to the City.

Helen borland

Helen Borland

Helen Borland is senior lecturer in business sustainability at Aston Business School, Aston University, UK, where she is responsible for teaching strategic business sustainability to MBA, MSc, and PhD students. Helen’s research and teaching stem from her knowledge of the ecological sciences and philosophy behind sustainability and how these can be taught and researched in a business context. Her development of a unique strategic typology for business sustainability is gaining attention in a number of academic and commercial circles. Helen has published in a variety of academic journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, International Marketing Review, Thunderbird International Business Review and European Journal of Marketing. She also speaks about business sustainability at public events, writes articles and book chapters for the popular press, and works on a number of consultancy and grant-awarded projects, including an EU Climate Change Leadership project.

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard’s research interests are in company law, corporate governance and taxation. His principal publications are within company law. He is also interested in Scots law and has published in the leading Scottish law journals.
Dr Christopher Brewster

Christopher Brewster

The focus of Dr. Christopher Brewster’s research lies at the intersection of ICT and sustainability. He is concerned with the role ICT can have to increase the flow of information inside and between organisations so as to be more efficient  but also to reduce waste and change behaviours.

The specific areas of interest include the food and agriculture system, global and local food systems, food security and sovereignty,the use of open and linked data in the food supply chain and in disaster response/humanitarian response. Dr.Brewster has a PhD in Computer Science and a background in Natural Language Processing and Semantic Web technologies.

Dr Prasanta Dey

Prasanta Dey

With increasing focus on environmental and CSR issues, organisations are continually reviewing all aspects of business performance. To support this developing need, researchers in Aston Business School have studied targets, motivations and monitoring methods used in SME companies and developed a ‘green supply chain performance measurement model’.  

The validated model consists of four main constructs – economic, operational, environmental and social, all of which have practice and performance related sub-constructs. It uses multiple criteria decision-making methodology to determine organisational performance level in many areas and identify areas for improvement.

We have developed decision support systems (DSSs) for biomass to energy project plan development through optimisation of entire supply chain. We are helping West Midland based organisations to analyse their business cases using the DSSs. We have set up number of bioenergy support centres across many countries in Europe and India to promote bioenergy projects plan development and implementation. We have recently implemented two demonstration plants in India using two different technologies.  

We facilitate organisations to make strategic and policy level decisions with the consideration of environmental, social and risk factors along with technical and financial factors. Our multiple criteria based decision support systems help model organisations’ decision scenarios (e.g. technology selection, location selection, supplier selection, performance measurement, risk analysis) and facilitate decision-making process through interactive group consensus.  

Ataur Belal

Ataur Belal

Ataur Belal’s principal research interest lies in the area of social and environmental accounting and accountability. I have presented my research in leading international conferences and workshops in various countries. My research papers have appeared in the leading international journals in the field such as Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Critical Perspectives on Accounting and Advances in Accounting. My current research focuses on corporate social responsibility [CSR] reporting from the context of developing countries. In particular, my interest is to find out why Bangladeshi managers started to disclose social and ethical information and also what are the attitudes of different Bangladeshi stakeholder groups towards this new phenomenon. My more recent interest includes case studies of CSR practices around the world, particularly Brazil, Russia, India and China. My research has been funded by British Academy and British Council.”

Josephine Kelly

Josie Kelly

Dr Josie Kelly uses a trans-disciplinary perspective to her research and teaching interests in the field of social responsibility to take a critical approach to voluntary/industry led/self-regulation of business and corporate interests. Her research also questions the relationship between economic and business globalization, neo-liberalism and capitalism, to explore the growth and embedding of social responsibility vocabulary in companies strategies and beyond. Her empirical work explores the UK food industry and public health problems, especially obesity. Which is aligned to her investigations into in the spread of social responsibility terminology into the public and voluntary sectors. She is also interested in the challenges and implications of embedding of a critical approach to social responsibility into university undergraduate and post graduate curricula.  

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Nicholas Theodorakopoulos

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos is a  Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategic Entrepreneurship and Management at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK. His specialist areas of research, academic publications and teaching include strategic entrepreneurship, learning and innovation, and diversity at work. Apart from contributing to a number of books and special issues as a guest editor, his papers have been published in reputable academic journals, including Work, Employment and Society, Technovation,International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Management Development, Public Administration, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management. He has received funding from various organisations, including Economic and Social Research Council, Learning and Skills Council, Centre for Enterprise and UK Trade and Investment to examine entrepreneurship in different contexts.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association Management of Technology as well as a member of BAM, EIASM, EURAM, ISBE and UKBI.

Breno Nunes

Breno Nunes

Dr Breno Nunes helps companies and governments to respond to sustainability challenges and opportunities. His work focuses mostly on the operations function in which he investigates sustainability strategy, decision making processes, and green technology management in both developed and developing countries. His recent research publications deal with a variety of sustainability issues, including: sustainable operations strategy, sustainable livestock, green innovation management, electric cars, sustainable luxury, sustainability performance and systems dynamics. Breno’s work has been published in Journal of Cleaner Production, The European Financial Review, Production Planning and Control, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Greener Management International, amongst others.

Judy Scully

Judy Scully

Dr Judy Scully has been involved in a number of Corporate Social Responsibility Research projects. These  incorporate both theory and research into practice.   The theoretical interest stems from conducting the research for Professor Nicholas Deakin's book 'In search of Civil Society'. Subsequently she was commisioned by the NHS to scope the feasibility of linking the established Civil Service Benevolent Fund with a new Benevolent Fund for NHS staff . This was followed by Probation Service Research research, designed to evaluate different business models for Community Payback Offenders, identifying which model would equip them with employment skills. More recently she has worked with AMEY to scope the needs of ex-prisoners, focussing on what systems and support is needed to prevent them re-offending. Currently she is working on a European funded KEEN project that provides intervention counselling work for families who have children on child protection plans, and where there is domestic violence and mental health issues. She has a PhD student who is researching volunteering job satisfaction through Special Constables in a Police Force.

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Claire Howells

Claire Howells’ main area of research relates to intellectual property law and its place in the business context. Working with the European Patent Office [EPO] and the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market [OHIM] she promotes awareness of intellectual property rights amongst the creators, such as engineers and scientist, and those who will manage these rights, in SME’s and innovation intense industries. To this end she has produced ‘Intellectual Property Asset Management: How to identify, protect, manage and exploit intellectual property within the business environment’ ,  Routledge. Claire has contributed to the EPO’s  ‘Roadmap Project’ creating the Roadmap for teaching intellectual property in the Slovenian universities. On behalf of ECAP111 AUNIP, Claire drafted the Intellectual Property policy template to be used by the universities in the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). She is a founder and coordinator of the European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network [EIPTN] and convener of the Intellectual Property section of the Society of Legal Scholars.

Carola Wolf

Carola Wolf

Carola's research is located at the intersections of strategy process and strategy-as-practice research. In terms of theory, her work is mostly inspired by sociologically grounded theories such as organizational routines, script theory, role theory and institutional theory. Most of her research applies a qualitative methodology in the tradition of grounded theory. Research designs vary from interview-based comparative case studies to longitudinal studies combining interview and observational data collection methods.

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Bahar Ali Kazmi

Bahar Ali Kazmi’s research interests are in the areas of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, human rights, Business-NGO partnerships and reflexive research methodologies. His research work focuses on transnational business networks. He has worked with Save the Children UK, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Resource Centre - Prince of Wales Business Leader Forum (UK), the Department for International Development (UK), the European Commission, the Swiss Development Organisation, and the U.S. Labour Department. 

Melina Manochin

Melina Manochin

Dr Melina Manochin is a lecturer in Accounting and her work includes studies in accountability and control in public services. Melina’s work includes a number of studies synthesising empirical and theoretical insights such as the study of social housing and sustainable development, governmentality in social housing, relational responsibility and reflexivity at a board level of housing associations, organisational trust in university resource allocation processes, narrative identities of junior auditors, dialogic education in accounting. Her research approach is mainly qualitative including case studies, board and committee observations, interviews, discourse and narrative analysis, questionnaires. 

Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker’s research focuses on the role of business in the development of African countries and its associated impact on society. Her work addresses issues of organizational legitimacy and the strategic engagement with stakeholders. She has prepared a teaching case illustrating the newly developed concept of “development entrepreneurship” (McMullen 2011) that seeks to link the important roles entrepreneurs can play in economic development. In addition she is interested in the emerging pattern of Chinese investments in Africa, and how their legitimization strategies differ markedly from those of Western multinationals. She received the The CEBC Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility for her work on the history of diversity management practices in multinational companies  in 2014.