Frances Bowen

Professor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences

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Prof Frances Bowen, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences, joined UEA in September 2018. She is responsible for the overall academic and strategic leadership of the seven schools within UEA’s Social Sciences faculty, and leads on several cross-university portfolios. She is a leading authority on corporate environmental strategy, and holds a research professorship at the Norwich Business School.

Before joining UEA, Professor Bowen was Dean of the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London, where she had also previously served as Deputy Dean and Director of Research. Having earned degrees at the University of Oxford, Northeastern University (USA), and the University of Bath, she went on to progressively more senior academic appointments at the University of Sheffield and the University of Calgary (Canada). She has also held senior visiting fellowships at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at University of Oxford, and at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Her research focuses on corporate environmental strategy and has been supported by nearly £1m of grant funding from the ESRC, EPSRC, BEIS, Defra, SSHRC and Canadian provincial and federal governments. She is currently the UK’s first Professor of Strategy in Society, focusing her research and teaching on responsible business and sustainability. She has served as Division Chair within the Academy of Management (USA), and as President of the leading European business sustainability academic association (GRONEN).

Professor Bowen is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, currently serving on the nomination committee to identify leading and emerging influential social scientists. She is Chair of the Strategy Board for the 10-institution ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership, and has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Since participating in an ESRC-funded knowledge exchange fellowship at Defra in 2013, Professor Bowen often gives advice and evidence to regulators and government departments on how to influence corporate environmental behaviours. She is currently on the BEIS Network of Experts, advising policy leads on regulatory alternatives.