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Innovation for Resilience and Market Access

Understand how your business can: become more resilient by acting in anticipation of future resource constraints, access new markets and/or contribute to social development. 


14–15 May 2018

Duration, format and location

Two-day professional development residential seminar; Cambridge, UK


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/or 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 / disruptions, or changing customer needs / 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. 


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.


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. Previous speakers at this Lab have included:

  • Dr Melissa Barrett, Strategy Consultant, Accenture
  • Mike Barry, Director Plan A, Marks & Spencer
  • Julie Cobill, Innovation Portfolio Manager, Unilever
  • Munish Datta, Head of Plan A & Facilities Management, Marks & Spencer
  • Dr Bernhard Dusch, Professor, Stuttgart Media University for Applied Sciences
  • Hannah Harrison, Senior Manager: Global Sustainable Development Strategy and Consumer Brands, SABMiller
  • Dr Greg Lavery, Founder, Rype Office
  • Dax Lovegrove, Global Vice President Corporate Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Swarovski
  • Elisa Moscolin, Former Sustainability & Social Innovation Manager, Vodafone
  • Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, Judge Business School
  • Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, Associate Director, The Carbon Trust.


"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


Participant-led case studies

Prior to the Lab you will be invited to submit a short case study based on your own organisation to be the focus of one of exercises undertaken during the Lab. A small number of these cases will be chosen, based on their learning value to the wider group.


Interested in this sustainability short course?

Apply for the Lab or to find out more.