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Graduate research

During the second year of the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership students complete a 15,000-word research dissertation. Below is a selection of papers and articles based on this research.

Articles written by alumni of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) do not necessarily represent the views of, or endorsement by, the Institute or the wider University of Cambridge.

 

Tom Barnett, Senior Account Director at Trucost, Michael James Bowes, Lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner, Jerry White, Marketing Executive for Northam Platinum Limited and Anwar Zaib, Finance Director and Head of Compliance at Berkeley Energy (Cohort 5)

Tom, Michael, Jerry and Anwar have published their Master’s Group Project Research in Vision: The Journal of Business Perspective. The article explores the findings from their research project investigating the concept of long-term thinking in business organisations.


Sean Ansett (Cohort 1), Corporate Sustainability Officer, Fairphone

Sean is quoted in Campaigns: NGOs get handy with stick and carrot, Financial Times, 2013 (£). Sean is also author of Raise the Curtain: Human Rights in Retail Supply Chains, Shift, 2013.


Karen Goldberg (Cohort 1), Project Manager, Environmental Monitoring Group

Sustaining Response-Ability of Change Agents, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Volume 2013, Number 49, March 2013


Jemma Green (Cohort 1), Councillor at City of Perth and Board Director, Future Super

Jemma's current research at Curtin University is quoted in an ABC Perth news report.  She is also interviewed by a community radio station in Perth about the Australian government’s decision to abolish the Climate Commission.


Dr Rodney Irwin (Cohort 1), Program Director Reporting and Investment, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Rodney’s research on tackling the spread of HIV/AIDS by African truckers, was featured in the University of Cambridge Research Horizons, 2013. Rodney is also lead author of Reporting Matters, WBCSD, 2013.


Sören Stöber (Cohort 1), Senior Business Manager, Travelife

Parts of Sören's dissertation have been published in Progress in Responsible Tourism (pdf).


Michael Chen (Cohort 1), Head of Sustainability, Westpac

Michael is co-author of Interconnectedness: The root of sustainability, St James Ethics Centre, 2013.


Graham Burr (Cohort 2), Executive Advisor at Parthenon EY 

This article draws on Graham's research dissertation entitled 'Understanding and Communicating Pressures on Future Food Security through Development of Quantified Scenarios – West Africa Case Study'.


Majd Aboul Hosn (Cohort 2), Africa and Middle East Research at Pyramid Research

Majd's article draws on his research dissertation which focused on on Lebanon’s power sector, in particular the country’s recent pledge to provide 12 per cent of power from renewable sources by 2020. The commitment demanded the strength of a successful public-private partnership (PPP). By establishing a framework to assess the identity and strength of a partnership, this research aimed at analysing the potential effectiveness of a PPP in Lebanon’s power sector. 


Gerry Mattios (Cohort 2), a principal in Bain & Company's Beijing office

Gerry's article draws on his research dissertation entitled 'An Assessment of the Challenges and Opportunities in Developing a Sustainable and Low-emissions Aviation Industry in the Asia Pacific Region'.


Hanmin Huang (Cohort 4), senior management consultant in China

Hanmin's article is based on his dissertation, entitled 'Dynamic Mechanism Leading to the Formation and Development of Industrial Symbioses: An Empirical Study on Industrial Symbioses of the Sugar Industry in Chongzuo City, China'.


Lorna Tweedie (Cohort 4), Executive Manager, Colonial First State Global Asset Management

This research paper entitled 'Climate change: Implications for superannuation funds in Australia' was co-authored by Lorna and Jake Reynolds and was originally published by Colonial First State Global Asset Management.


Roger Ponting (Cohort 4), Group Director of Finance and Business Support, the Energy Saving Trust

Roger's article Will mandatory carbon reporting drive change? based on his dissertation research appears on the Environmental Finance website.


Michael James Bowes (Cohort 5), Solicitor with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

Michael’s dissertation research on Sustainability in the English Water Industry has been published in the Journal of Water Law, in two parts. The first part, evaluating how the introduction of the 2004 Environmental Information Regulations into the water industry have improved sustainable provision, is available here. The second part, summarising the data collection and findings, is available here.


Beth Knight (Cohort 4), Strategy & Operations for EY's Beacon Institute

This report entitled 'A Behavioural Competency Model for Sustainability Leaders' is a summary of Beth’s dissertation research. It examines the critical competencies found in past qualitative reviews and proposes a model for effective sustainability leaders.

 

Other publications by alumni of our Graduate Programmes


Group Project on the Efficacy of Finance and Accounting Qualifications in Preparing Professionals to Drive Sustainable Business (PCSB Cohort 18)

This Executive Perspective summarises the collaborative research performed by authors Aila Aho (Head of Sustainable Financing, Wholesale Banking, Nordea); Beverley Cornaby (Programme Manager, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership); Shari Littan (Editor, GAAP Reporter, Thomson Reuters); Shanna Pedersen (Head of Customer Experience, Corporate, BT); Andrew Phillips (Rural Director of Finance, Duchy of Cornwall); Robert Rosenberg (Senior Consultant Sustainable Investments, South Pole Group); and Philippa Stone (Head of Sustainability, ISG).


Robert Rosenberg (PCSB Cohort 18, and current Master’s student), Senior Consultant Sustainable Investment, South Pole Group

This paper, adapted from Robert's Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business research, discusses the business case for corporate pension funds to consider sustainability, and specifically ESG, in their business models and investment decisions.


Aila Aho (PCSB Cohort 18), Head of Sustainable Financing for Wholesale Banking at Nordea in Finland

Aila shares her white paper on Understanding Green Bond Financing.

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