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During the second year of the Master’s in Sustainability Leadership students complete a 15,000-word research dissertation.

Papers and articles based on Master's research

Graham Burr, 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, 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. 

Hanmin Huang, 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".

Beth Knight, Corporate Sustainability Associate Director, EY

This report entitled "A Behavioural Competency Model for Sustainability Leaders" was authored by Beth Knight. It examines the critical competencies found in past qualitative reviews and proposes a model for effective sustainability leaders.

Gerry Mattios, 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".

Lorna Tweedie, 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.

Sören Stöber, Senior Business Manager, Travelife

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

Karen Goldberg, Project Manager, Environmental Monitoring Group

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

Dr Rodney Irwin, Program Director Reporting and Investment, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Research recommends how to tackle spread of HIV/AIDS by African truckers, University of Cambridge, Research Horizons, 2013.

Amie Shuttleworth, Global Head of Sustainability, Cundall

Amie's research is mentioned in a blog entitled “The impacts of EPD on the construction sector” by Shamir Ghumra.


Other articles

Robert Rosenberg, 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 alumni and Head of Sustainable Financing for Wholesale Banking at Nordea in Finland

August 2017 – Aila shares her white paper on Understanding Green Bond Financing

Roger Ponting, Group Director of Finance and Business Support, the Energy Saving Trust

16 March 2016 – MSt alumnus Roger's article Will mandatory carbon reporting drive change? appears on the Environmental Finance website.

Jemma Green, 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 

Jemma is interviewed by a community radio station in Perth about the Australian government’s decision to abolish the Climate Commission

Dr Rodney Irwin, Program Director Reporting and Investment, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Rodney is lead author of Reporting Matters, WBCSD, 2013 

Sean Ansett, 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 

Michael Chen, Head of Sustainability, Westpac

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


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.


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