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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

A 15,000-word research dissertation is the main assessed item produced during the second year of the programme. While undertaking their research towards the dissertation, our sustainability Master’s students receive oversight from an academic supervisor.

Supervisors are selected for their topic-specific and research expertise. A broad spectrum of topics and research methodologies can be accommodated by drawing on academics from across the University and, if necessary, leading external experts. The dissertation is marked by two independent assessors.



Recent dissertation topics supervised

Dr Nancy Bocken

Evolving sustainability metrics: How theoretically applicable and technically feasible are Key Fitness Indicators for global apparel companies

Business Model Innovation at Unilever: An exploratory study within the North American Foods Business 

Dr Gemma Cranston

The identification and reporting of biodiversity business risk and opportunity 

Embedding natural capital accounting into supply chain management: a transformational approach 

Dr Louise Drake

Toward defining a sustainability mindset: Exploring the relationship between mindset and sustainability leadership

The role of health care workers in sustainable medical waste management: A qualitative study amongst public hospitals in Vietnam

Dr Kayla Friedman The role of commercial banks in water scarcity solutions in developing countries
Professor Peter Guthrie How can a greater number of women at the grassroots level, in urban slums, take on the role of change-agents; leading towards more sustainable health cultures
Dr Theo Hacking

Impact Investing: A study of social and environmental impact measurement by investment funds

The role of business to combat human trafficking

Dr Chris Hope Corporate climate strategy: Internal carbon pricing and other approaches for corporate emissions reductions
Dr Candice Howarth

Sustainable Travel Behaviour: Analysis of factors influencing short distance-travel behaviour of citizens, Geographical Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Change beyond Sustainability through permaculture- Motivational factors of engaging in regenerative practices: A focus on Danish Permaculturists

Dr Jenny Pope

Climate resilient cities – from planning to action, lessons for success

The role of Communications for the ‘Social License to Operate (SLO)’ process

Professor Juliane Reinecke

Business for Peace: Role of the private sector in positive contributions to peace in conflict-affected areas. Perspectives on Nordic ICT companies

Exploring the return on investment for private sector companies investing in youth development

Dr Rory Sullivan

The reality of Responsible Investment: How do private equity shareholders engage with their portfolio on ESG and what factors enhance their effectiveness in doing so?

Exploring the role of Multilateral Development Banks and Development Finance Institutions in conjunction with capital markets, and how they can contribute to the funding need related to the new UN Sustainable Development Goals in emerging markets and developing economies

Dr Wayne Visser

Facilitating the transition to a sustainable future: An investigation into financial sector readiness to act

How can business help achieve the future we want? The status of corporate reporting on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Theo Hacking