New ISO26000 textbook is out

May 27, 2011

Details here:


2011 Global Business Forum videos

May 27, 2011

Some videos from the 2011 Global Business Forum conference on the theme ‘Global Energy: Sufficiency and Sustainability’ can be found here:

Research Fellowships

May 9, 2011

Research Fellowships in Innovation for Sustainability

The Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation invites applications for one-year research fellowships at the post-doctoral or advanced graduate student level to create and cultivate projects in the area of innovation for sustainability. We anticipate hiring 2-3 individuals for these positions.

Drawing on core competencies and programmatic areas in environmental history and policy and studies of materials innovation, CCHP is developing projects that sit at the intersection of sustainability and innovation, both broadly construed. We especially encourage project proposals that cut across institutional sectors and research objects. The following are examples of topics that might be explored:

  • Materials Innovation
  • Energy (policy, regulation)
  • Role of government regulation
  • Green manufacturing
  • Life-Cycle assessments
  • Alternatives development
  • Green Chemistry

Projects conducted by fellows in residence will contribute to the programmatic and outreach initiatives of CCHP. These materials are intended to reach audiences outside of academe, and in the past have included: white papers, online exhibits, public symposia, and contributions to our oral history collection.

Fellows will work with CCHP staff while in residence to determine the most appropriate project outcomes as part of our efforts to mentor and train junior scholars to reach new and diverse audiences.

In addition to research related to the proposed project, approximately a third of the fellow’s time will be in support of ongoing activities and projects in CCHP.

Salary for post-doctoral researchers will be $45,000; graduate students will receive $25,000.

Applications from women, minorities, and those with disabilities are particularly welcomed and encouraged.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by June 1, 2011. Application materials should include a cover letter, statement of research interests and proposed project (not to exceed two pages), curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. Materials can be sent as e-mail attachments (pdf-preferred) to Jody Roberts, Associate Director, Center for Contemporary History and Policy at:


Jody A. Roberts
Associate Director
Center for Contemporary History and Policy
P: +1.215.873.8281
F: +1.215.629.5281

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street  •  Philadelphia, PA 19106 • U.S.A.

Conference call

May 9, 2011

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
10-12 January 2012

Conference call

May 9, 2011

Ashridge International Research conference

“The Sustainability Challenge: Organisational Change and Transformational Vision”

10-12 June 2011


ESRC Seminar series “Sustainability Transition”

May 6, 2011

Booking is now open for the first in a new ESRC-funded seminar series, “Sustainability Transition”, Liverpool Foresight Centre, Thursday 30th June.  Organiser, Peter North, University of Liverpool.

The event is free, and lunch is provided: but a place must be reserved in advance.  Please contact Pete North (

A limited number of travel/accommodation bursaries are available for postgraduate / unwaged participants or people without access to funding for such activity which are available on a first come, first served basis.  To request a bursary please contact Pete North ( specifying your status and (briefly) the reasons for your request.

The Seminar Series

The ESRC is funding a seminar series that explores sustainability transitions (projected processes of social change to sustainable patterns of production and consumption) from explicitly social, political and economic perspectives. It examines the impact of preparing for sustainability transitions on people’s everyday lives and livelihoods and considers the role of grassroots political actors in shaping these transitions. It explores and critiques theories of transition from the specific perspective of the social; aiming to build bridges to relevant social theory and social science disciplines. The series will also explore the interrelationships between theory and practice and how they inform and shape one another.

Seminar One: Capacities for Transition

This seminar serves to scope the key themes and issues that will be addressed throughout the seminar series. The concept of transitioning suggests that ‘something’ is transitioned, and, unless we conceptionalise it as completely technologically-led with no human agency whatsoever, ‘someone’ is the transitioning agent. This seminar brings together questions of scale – from the individual, through businesses, social enterprises and communities, to towns, cities and regions – (it poses the question: what is being transitioned?) and agency (who has the capacity to transition?).

Barriers to transition will not be seen as absolute and determining in the last case, but as barriers to be grappled with by agents who have varying skills, resources, visions and connections that together construct a capacity to transition. Who can transition what, and how? Who stops transitioning, or structures it into what paths? What is the relationship between concepts of transition and political action through policy making, partnership working, the construction of visions of the future and the politics of the prefigurative, and contentious political action?


10-10.10         Introduction: Dr Pete North, University of Liverpool, Dr Gavin Brown, University of Leicester

10.10-11.00     Theorising energy transitions: what we know and what we don’t
Professor John Grin, University of Amsterdam

11.00-11.20     Coffee break

11.20-12.10     Lessons from ESRC seminar series “Geographies of Energy Transition”
Dr Gavin Bridge, University of Manchester

12.20-13.00     Lunch

1.00-2.00                    Politicising Transition
Dr Peter North, University of Liverpool

2.00-3.00            Sustainable Futures: the Geography of Transition
Dr James Evans: University of Manchester

3.00-3.15       tea and coffee

3.15-4.30            Transitions in the emerging economies: Lessons from China and India
Dr David Tyfield, University of Lancaster
Dr Suzannah Fisher, University of Cambridge

4.30-5.00            Taking transition forward?
Discussion and concluding remarks, led by Peter North and Gavin Brown

5pm             Close

There will be a meal available afterwards at your own cost.

Location: The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool – walking distance from Lime Street.

Accommodation:  we would recommend The Feathers:

or you can find other options here.

(If you unsure about where is and isn’t convenient for the Foresight Centre, contact the organizers.)

Please inform us of any special requirements (eg. dietary, access etc.). We will do our best to address these:

The seminar series has a dedicated website to facilitate as wide and open exchange of ideas and information as possible.

If you would like to join this discussion, tell us a bit about yourself when you book your place and log onto our googlegroup discussion.

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in June!

Peter North
Department of Geography
School for Environmental Sciences
University of Liverpool
0151 794 2849

Call for papers

May 5, 2011

Asian Business & Management Journal

Special Issue: Role of Business in Reducing Poverty in Asia

Deadline: 30th November 2011

Guest Editor: Aneel Karnani, University of Michigan, USA.