EPSRC/ESRC Energy research clusters

June 27, 2008

Message from Lorraine… This is EPSRC’s email alert of calls for proposals issued in the last week.

Energy and Equity & Sustainable Energy and Energy Security

EPSRC and ESRC are seeking to support a number of interdisciplinary Research Clusters under two key research themes: ‘Energy & Equity’ and ‘Sustainable Energy & Energy Security’.



Primark – BBC Panorama 23rd June 2008

June 24, 2008

Sat down last night and watched the BBC Panorama programme (‘investigative journalism’ for those who don’t know the series) on Primark’s supply chain. Primark is a low cost ‘fast fashion’ clothing chain (Penneys in its home base in Ireland). The controversy was over Primark’s membership of the Ethical Trade Initiative whilst the Panorama programme uncovered cases of child labour in the Indian supply chain. Upon reflection, whilst I applaude programmes like Panorama for uncovering such practice, I did feel that there were many leading questions being asked and to be fair to Primark they swiftly acted on what was essentially a sub- sub-contractor… nevertheless, I think the main output of the programme will be to place in some (not all) consumers’ minds “how can this embroidered top cost just £3”? There’s more information on the programme HERE and you can watch the programme again (from a UK IP address) over the next seven days HERE

1st Annual PhD Sustainability Academy – Call for Submissions

June 19, 2008

Something from the AIB…

26 – 30 September 2008, Richard Ivey School of Business, London Canada


“The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them.” (Aristotle)


The PhD Sustainability Academy will bring together doctoral students from across Canada and all over the world who are interested in exploring leading thought and practice of sustainability in business and non-profit organizations. This year’s theme is “Water & Wine.” We will help craft learning experiences around these and other sustainability issues more broadly by bringing together young researchers with diverse interests with business leaders involved in the practice of sustainability, and experienced academic facilitators with world-leading contributions to the thinking and practice of sustainable management (Andy Hoffman, Dirk Matten, Christian Seelos and Ivey faculty: Tima Bansal, Oana Branzei, Gerard Seijts, Paul Beamish and Eric Morse). The facilitation approach builds on the creed, “You teach some by what you say, teach more by what you do, but most of all, you teach most by who you are.”


We are now looking for fifteen young scholars and would be pleased to receive applications from promising doctoral students. All on-the-ground program costs (e.g., accommodation, meals, local transportation, activities, etc.) will be covered. Doctoral Students Invited to Apply by July 15th, 2008. To preview the agenda, and obtain additional details on the submission process, and the faculty and business leaders involved in this years’ academy, please see the attached poster or visit our website, http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/centres/building/outreach/PhDAcademy


Acceptances and invitations will be sent out by July 31th, 2008. All invited participants will be asked to submit full working manuscripts no later than August 31st, 2008.

Environmental Enterprise Manager (Job advert)

June 18, 2008

Got this through from Lorraine… Environmental Enterprise Manager, Circa £40K, significant performance bonus & benefits package, Located near Gatwick Airport. 

EnviroBusiness is a fast growing provider of business services to global environmental markets. Our mission is to drive environmental enterprise by helping suppliers, buyers and investors in environmental technology and services to engage with new markets, find investment and new business partners. We also work with governmental organisations to help them provide support to environmental companies in the UK and internationally.  

Joining a motivated and expert team, the successful candidate will use their commercial ability to develop and sell new services in support of our mission. Ranging from building international business partnerships to linking environmental technologies to property developers and corporates, the role will provide many exciting new opportunities requiring energy and initiative.  

Highly motivated and adaptable, the successful applicant will be of graduate calibre with relevant experience. This role offers exceptional development opportunities and the chance to be a key player in a rapidly expanding business with serious growth ambitions. 

Find out how to apply at http://www.envirobusiness.co.uk/ or call our CEO, Tom Fourcade on 07904 528189.  

Deadline for applications Friday 11th July 2008.

7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society

June 17, 2008

“Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability: Leadership and Organisational Change”, 11-12 September 2008 – Cranfield University School of Management


Early Bird Discount Available until June 30! See: http://www.eabis2008.info


It’s a shame this conference overlaps with BAM2008 (9-11th September) as the BAM CSR SIG looks to be bigger than ever this year… decisions, decisions…

teaching resources

June 17, 2008


Hi those of you with interests in entrepreneurship may be familar with the above site, but its worth checking for some of the philanthropy/csr type podcasts and videos which you can download and use in presentations – if only for critique!!

SWAG2008 conference

June 16, 2008

In September (Tuesday 2nd) the accounting group at the University of Southampton is hosting the British Accounting Association’s South West regional conference. One (at least!) of the key note speakers may be of interest to CSR researchers – Richard Murphy director of Tax Research Network was described in Accountancy Age’s top 50 “Financial Power List for 2006” as “The research muscle behind the Tax Justice Network, the anti-avoidance campaigning group, Murphy is a thorn in the side of senior advisers who try and insist that this avoidance stuff doesn’t really matter and well, it’s a legal issue anyway. ” Hopefully you will be interested to come along or even offer a paper, more info about the conference can be found at http://www.management.soton.ac.uk/swag2008/