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Biography

I joined Norwich Business School (NBS) at the UEA in June 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Business and Management. I am member of the Responsible Business Regulation Group and held the post of Group Co-ordinatorfor the Business Regulation Group until December 2014.  In January 2015, I took over as the Programme Director for the Undergraduate Programme across Norwich Business School. I completed my term of office in that role on 31st December 2018. In September 2019, I resumed the Group Co-ordinator role for the Responsible Business Regulation group. I am a research active member of the UEA's Centre for Competition Policy and the Tyndall Centre.

My research interests and expertise lie in a number of core areas:

  • EU Public policy and Policy-making;
  • EU Governance;
  • Regulation and de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour;
  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • Sustainablility and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR);
  • The 'Green Economy'.

Since 1996, I have been an active and leading member of the world’s largest group of scholars and policy practitioners concerned with the European Union called the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES). I was elected to be UACES Committee Member (2006-2013) and held one of the Officer posts, namely, Treasurer (2007-2010). As a leading member of this society, I have jointly run three research groups, a UACES funded Study Group (2006-2008) and a UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) (2009-2012) both of which have been focused on EU sustainability policy. The most recent UACES CRN (2015-2018) that I have co-convened with colleagues at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico) and the University of Maastrict (Netherlands) has members based in about 10 different countries who carry out research in a number of disciplines (including political science, economics, law, environmental studies, and management studies) and who focus on European Energy Policy.

Before coming to NBS, I previously worked as Senior Lecturer in CSR at the University of Bradford, where I also held the post of Head of Group for the Strategy, Economics and International Business Group and was also Director of Studies for the Doctoral Programme.

Prior to working at Bradford, I was a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), having previously trained and worked as a teacher in the Sixth Form and FE/HE College sector and as a chartered accountant in London.

I took my PhD in Government at the University of Essex which has consistently been the top ranked department of Politics and Government (in the RAE/REF) in the UK since the early 1990s.

  

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I am a political scientist whose research focuses on public policy analysis, particularly in the European Union. More specifically, my research interests and expertise lie in the following areas:

  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • Sustainability and CSR;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour

I use theory and concepts taken from political science, public policy-making and governance scholarship and business ethics literature. My research primarily focuses on the interaction between businesses, governments and non-governmental bodies (pressure groups such as Green peace and Friends of the Earth) with a view to exploring how public policy relating to C(S)R, the environment, energy policy and climate change are constructed and then implemented.

In geographical terms, my work concentrates on the European Union but also extends to individual countries within the EU such as the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden and beyond the EU to countries such as Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation.

For details of my publications see the Publications section.

In conducting my research I have jointly secured funding from a number of sources including the European Union (EU), the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UACES and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). 

I very much welcome applications from potential PhD students in any of the areas shown above, where my research interests and expertise are located.

PhD supervision and examining

Successful PhD Supervisions/Completions

  • 2016. A. Collins. ‘Studies in the Economic Analysis and Regulation of Environmental and Social Problems’. UEA.
  • 2016. A. Siepong. ‘A Three-Fold Study of Multi-Dimensional Models of Green Marketing Capabilities (GMC) for the Enhancement of Green Competitive Advantage and Superior Performance: The Insights into Strategic-Behaviour and Strategic-GMC-Fit’. UEA.
  • 2012. E. Beddewela. ‘An investigation of corporate responsibility practices amongst MNCs’ subsidiaries in Sri Lanka: Implementation and influencing factors’. University of Bradford.
  • 2011. L. O’ Riordan. ‘Corporate Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the UK and Germany. University of Bradford.

 

 PhD Examining

  • 2021. Kathryn Yvon-Mwembo. Widening Participation in Higher Education and Social Mobility in Norfolk. UEA. Internal Examiner.
  • 2020. Pam Barnes. The Politics of Nucelar Energy in the European Union. Framing the discourse: Actors, Positions and Dynamics. University of Lincoln. External Examiner.
  • 2018. Alkis Theonas Pitelis. 'The effects of public industrial policy on renewable energy innovation'. Internal Examiner, UEA.
  • 2018. Brendan Moore. 'The political effects of climate policy: Policy feedback from the European Union Emissions Trading System'. Internal Examiner, UEA.
  • 2017. O Fitch Roy. 'Negotiating the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework: agendas, ideas, and European interest groups'. External Examiner. University of Exeter.
  • 2016. V. Gravey. ‘Does the European Union have a reverse gear? Environmental policy dismantling, 1992-2014. Internal Examiner. UEA.
  • 2011. M. N. Verma. ‘New trends in environmental and socially responsible management in the cement manufacturing’. Internal Examiner. University of Bradford.
  • 2007. A. Barron. ‘The Effects of culture on the production of information and communication technologies (ICT) in France and Germany’. Internal Examiner. University of Bradford.

 

Teaching Interests

I have very extensive and far-ranging teaching experience spanning forty years. It includes teaching in primary and secondary schools, Further and Higher Education Colleges, and a number of Universities where I have delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses and have also supervised to completion a number of PhDs and acted as internal and external PhD Examiner.  My teaching includes vocational, academic and professional programmes.

There are two main foci for my teaching, both closely related to my research. The first concerns EU governance, public policy and policy making. The second relates to corporate citizenship, corporate (social) responsibility and sustainability.

In the first area (EU governance and public policy), I have developed a number of modules and taught them since the early 1990s. With regard to CSR, I have created several modules and delivered them since the early 2000s.

At NBS, I have taught on the UG, MSc, and MBA programmes, delivering modules in ‘Corporate Responsibility’ and 'Strategic Management’. In 2019-20, I introduced a new module to the UG Programme on 'European Business: Brussels, Business, Brexit and Beyond' that examines the interaction between businesses and the EU.

I hold a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

External Activities

Most of my enterprise and engagement activities revolve around the research activities that I undertake. As detailed elsewhere, my research focuses on:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and business ethics;
  • Sustainability;
  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Public Policy-making and Governance, particularly in the European Union;
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour;

In connection with this research I have secured several funds and grants that have permitted and facilitated engagement with other academics, public sector policy-makers at the EU, national and local government level, private sector/business organisations and also the third or voluntary sector.

For example, I have jointly led an ESRC funded seminar series concerned with the ‘Green Economy’.  Paper-givers have included scholars from across the UK and beyond and also practitioners representing organisations such as the Ecology Building Society, Pennine Prospects, English Nature, the Green Investment Bank, Terrafiniti and other think-tank organisations such as Change that Matters, Volans, and Chatham House.

I have jointly run three UACES funded academic and practitioner collaborative research networks (CRN) since 2006, whose members are drawn from about 10 different countries and who carry out research in a number of disciplines (including political science, economics, history, law, geography and environmental studies, and management studies) and who focus on EU sustainability, environmental and energy policy.

In addition to these activities I have also organised a number of major international conferences such as the jointly UACES and EU funded entitled ‘Energising Europe: ‘Climate Change, Energy Security and Europe’s Next Big Project’ in 2006 and delivered a number of EU Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programmes projects such as the ‘Communicating EU Citizenship’ Project in 2009-10.

I have also been a Board Member for an Erasmus Mundus Programme called ‘Enhancing Studies and Practice of Social Economy and Social Capital in Higher Education’ from 2012 to 2015.

PGR Opportunities

I very much welcome applications from potential PhD students in any of the areas shown below, where my research interests and expertise are located:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and business ethics;
  • Sustainability;
  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Public Policy-making and Governance, particularly in the European Union;
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour

Using theory and concepts taken from political science, public policy-making and governance scholarship and business ethics literature, my research primarily focuses on the interaction between businesses, governments and non-governmental bodies (pressure groups such as Green Peace and Friends of the Earth) with a view to exploring how public policy relating to C(S)R, the environment, energy policy and climate change are constructed and then implemented.

In geographical terms my work concentrates on the European Union but also extends to individual countries within the EU such as the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden and beyond the EU to countries such as Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada and the Russian Federation.

 

PhD supervision and examining

Successful PhD Completions

  • 2016. A. Collins. ‘Studies in the Economic Analysis and Regulation of Environmental and Social Problems’.
  • 2016. A. Siepong. ‘A Three-Fold Study of Multi-Dimensional Models of Green Marketing Capabilities (GMC) for the Enhancement of Green Competitive Advantage and Superior Performance: The Insights into Strategic-Behaviour and Strategic-GMC-Fit’.
  • 2012. E. Beddewela. ‘An investigation of corporate responsibility practices amongst MNCs’ subsidiaries in Sri Lanka: Implementation and influencing factors’.
  • 2011. L. O’ Riordan. ‘Corporate Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the UK and Germany’.

 

PhD Examining – Internal and External Examining

  • 2018. Brendan Moore. 'The political effects of climate policy: Policy feedback from the European Union Emissions Trading System'. Internal Examiner, UEA.
  • 2017. O Fitch Roy. 'Negotiating the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework: agendas, ideas, and European interest groups'. External Examiner. University of Exeter.
  • 2016. V. Gravey. ‘Does the European Union have a reverse gear? Environmental policy dismantling, 1992-2014. Internal Examiner. UEA.
  • 2011. M. N. Verma. ‘New trends in environmental and socially responsible management in the cement manufacturing’. Internal Examiner. University of Bradford.
  • 2007. A. Barron. ‘The Effects of culture on the production of information and communication technologies (ICT) in France and Germany’. Internal Examiner. University of Bradford.

 

 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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