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Dissertation supervisors

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 (Cohort 6)

Business Model Innovation at Unilever: An exploratory study within the North American Foods Business (Cohort 6)

Dr Gemma Cranston

The identification and reporting of biodiversity business risk and opportunity (Cohort 6)

Embedding natural capital accounting into supply chain management: a transformational approach (Cohort 5)
Dr Louise Drake

Toward defining a sustainability mindset: Exploring the relationship between mindset and sustainability leadership (Cohort 6)

The role of health care workers in sustainable medical waste management: A qualitative study amongst public hospitals in Vietnam (Cohort 5)

Dr Kayla Friedman The role of commercial banks in water scarcity solutions in developing countries (Cohort 6)
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 (Cohort 6)

The role of business to combat human trafficking (Cohort 5)

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 (Cohort 6)

Change beyond Sustainability through permaculture- Motivational factors of engaging in regenerative practices: A focus on Danish Permaculturists (Cohort 6)

Dr Jenny Pope

Climate resilient cities – from planning to action, lessons for success (Cohort 6)

The role of Communications for the ‘Social License to Operate (SLO)’ process (Cohort 5)

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 (Cohort 6)

Exploring the return on investment for private sector companies investing in youth development (Cohort 5)

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? (Cohort 6)

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 (Cohort 5)

Dr Wayne Visser

Facilitating the transition to a sustainable future: An investigation into financial sector readiness to act (Cohort 6)

How can business help achieve the future we want? The status of corporate reporting on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Cohort 6)


17 January 2018, 16.00-17.00

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2018 intake workshop dates

Workshop 1: 16–22 September 2018 
Workshop 2: 31 March–6 April 2019
Workshop 3: 1–7 September 2019   
Workshop 4: 29 March–4 April 2020

2017 intake Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 2–8 September 2017
Workshop 2: 8–14 April 2018
Workshop 3: 2–8 September 2018   
Workshop 4: 31 March–6 April 2019

2016 intake Workshop dates

Workshop 1: 18–24 September 2016
Workshop 2: 26 March–1 April 2017
Workshop 3: 30 July–5 August 2017
Workshop 4: 8–14 April 2018