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Innovation for Resilience and Market Access (short course)

Explore how sustainability can be a driver for innovation.

Our two-day CPD Certified workshop explores the crucial role of innovation in building resilience, accessing new markets and contributing to social development. 


14–15 May 2018

Duration, format and location

Two-day professional development residential seminar; Cambridge, UK

CPD certified

The Innovation for Resilience and Market Access Lab is CPD certified.


The course fee is £700 to £2,250, including accommodation and meals (see fees table). Lower fees are available for multiple delegates or Labs, not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals.

How to apply

Submit your application or find out more about the selection criteria.


Sustainability Leadership Labs

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Labs bring together professionals to test and challenge cutting-edge responses to global problems. Open to all our alumni and senior industry practitioners, these two-day sustainability workshops held four times per year in Cambridge, are an opportunity for professional development, co-creation and networking – all with real application to your company or organisational situation.

Read more about the Sustainability Leadership Labs, and details about fees and applications.


The opportunity: sustainable innovation

Today’s fast changing and global context is introducing  both challenges and opportunities for businesses.

Innovation plays a crucial role in building resilience, ensuring competitiveness by maintaining or accessing new markets, and contributing to social development. Constraints are sometimes viewed as an impediment to innovation; however they can also serve as catalysts for creative solutions by incentivising action in anticipation of future resource supply constraints or disruptions, or changing customer needs and expectations.


Learning experience

Practical sessions will give participants an understanding of how sustainability can be a driver for and be embedded within the innovation process. In addition, there will be the opportunity to co-create sustainable solutions using problem solving techniques and innovative learning approaches. 


Benefits of attending

This workshop will stretch your thinking through discussion with leading academics and practitioners, as well as active participation, including with case studies. Through participation, you will understand how your company can:

  • benefit from an awareness of its wider operating context
  • improve resilience, access new markets or contribute to social development
  • realise the benefits of proactively undertaking innovation under constraints
  • learn from case studies showcasing sustainable innovations
  • identify opportunities to reshape existing operations
  • recognise how constrained innovation can lead to expansion into new markets, while improving resilience 
  • seize opportunities to unlock competitor advantage
  • grasp innovations that lead to sustainable growth.


Learn from industry experts and thought leaders

The Lab will feature interactive sessions and case studies. Speakers at this event include:

  • Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer
  • Dr Bernhard Dusch, Professor, Stuttgart Media University for Applied Sciences
  • Jon Khoo, Innovation Partner, Interface Inc
  • Dr Greg Lavery, Founder, Rype Office
  • Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Judge Business School
  • Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, Associate Director, The Carbon Trust

Keynote lecture

Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer will be discussing ‘Sustainable Corporate Innovation and Leadership’ as keynote speaker for the Innovation for Resilience Lab.

Mike will provide an overview of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A, while reflecting on the challenges associated with innovation, how to be an innovative leader and the role of innovation in achieving greater resilience or improving new market access. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Cambridge Judge Business School.

The keynote lecture is also open to CISL Network members. Find out more about the keynote lecture.


"This Lab built well on the previous Lab that I completed, and has really given me much food for thought and ideas for action."

Head of Sustainability, Pret A Manger


CPD Certified

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. 

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Who should attend?

This Lab will be especially beneficial to those working in strategy, sustainability, innovation, R&D, new product development, business development, service innovation, start-up entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and change managers.


Interested in this sustainability short course?

Apply for the Lab or to find out more.

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