Executive Board Members
Dr. Pauline DEUTZ (President)
Following on from a multi-disciplinary training, with degrees in Geography and Geology, Pauline’s research takes an interdisciplinary social science approach to the co-ordination of environmental issues with other social-economic priorities. Examples include: incorporation of industrial ecology/circular economy principles into economic development & resource management; integration of eco-design in product design; building the capacity for sustainability in waste management. Currently she is coordinating the EU Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network ‘Cresting: Circular Economy: sustainability implications and guiding progress’. She is also the co-PI of ‘Evolving a Circular Plastics Economy’ funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Following six years as vice president of ISDRS, Pauline is President for 2019-2020.
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University of Hull, Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Prof. Dr. Peter DOBERS (Vice President)
Peter Dobers is currently professor in Business Studies at Södertörn University (Stockholm, Sweden) after 10 years on the Chair of Business Studies and Sustainable Development at Mälardalen University (Västerås, Sweden) in 2005-2015. He is the dean of the Faculty Board at Södertörn University and was guest professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) in Sustainable Collaboration during 2015-2016. He has published more than 35 articles in well respected journals such as Sustainable Development, Business Strategy and the Environment, Progress in Industrial Ecology and Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, but also in mainstream management journals such as Scandinavian Journals of Management, and in mainstream organization journals such as Organization and Journal of Organizational Change Management. He has edited and co-edited seven special issues in some of the above mentioned journals and has published about ten books and many book chapters. Since 1999, Dobers is on the editorial board of Business Strategy and the Environment (now Principal Editor) and Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, and recently on Business Strategy and Development. He is currently board member of the ISDRS and has been ISDRS Treasurer for the last six years.
Prof. Dr. Volker MAUERHOFER (Executive Secretary)
Volker Mauerhofer is Professor and Chair in Environmental Science (Specialization in Social Science) at Mid Sweden University (Östersund/Sweden). He holds Master degrees in Laws (1989-93), Natural Sciences (1992-99) and Ecological Economics (2002-03) and a Doctorate (1993-98) in Law. Former positions include Attorney-at-Law, Senior Research Fellow & Visiting Professor at United Nations University/Japan, and Coordinating Lead Author of the UN-IPBES Global Assessment/Chapter 6. Currently he is also an examiner & MSc-thesis supervisor at the University of Vienna and holds holding a visiting researcher position at the Environmental Law Centre of Meiji University (Tokyo/Japan). Besides being member of different legal professional bodies including IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), he is also member of the UNESCO-related Austrian Man & Biosphere Committee and board member of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). Editing currently several Special Issues, he is co-/author of over 110 peer-reviewed publications and held more than 160 presentations worldwide. Besides supervising students, he has executed academic and freelance research over 25 years in more than 55 countries.
Dr. Sigurd VILDASEN (Treasurer)
Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen, senior researcher at NTNU and SINTEF, Norway has his theoretical interests in the area of corporate sustainability and the complexities involved in firm-stakeholder collaboration. Sigurd’s applied and empirical work is based on innovation projects in collaboration with actors from the manufacturing industry in context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Vildåsen has 10 years of experience as a committee and board member in Tekna, Norway’s largest society for graduate professionals with more than 65000 members, and is board member of Global Compact Network Norway.
Dr. Olawale OLAYIDE (Director of Communications)
Olawale Emmanuel Olayide is the track Chair on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production, the Chair, Engagement Group on Africa, and member of the track on Industrial Ecology. He holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Olayide is currently a Research Fellow with the Centre for Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was Research Fellow with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA-Ibadan) from 2004 to 2006, and consultant to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2009-2010. He has expertise in agricultural production and food security, sustainable rural development, climate change and environmental studies, welfare analysis, governance and gender analysis, resource economics, industrial ecology, macroeconomic modeling, impact assessment, poverty analysis, value chain analysis, product development and marketing of agricultural commodities, including underutilized species.
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Other Board Members
Prof. Dr. Walter VERMEULEN (Past President)
Based at Utrecht University (NL), but also linked to Stellenbosch University (SA), Vermeulen has a long-standing experience in analysing progress in implementing environmental practices in business in many different countries, both inside companies and in their socio-economic networks. He is especially focusing on new forms of private governance in international supply chains, both in Europe as well as in supplier countries worldwide and in practices of circular economy. He also published articles on the essence of the concept of sustainable development and the social dimension. He has been also program leader of the International Master Sustainable Development at Utrecht University.
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Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
Prof. Dr. Rupert BAUMGARTNER
Prof. Rupert J. Baumgartner is full professor for sustainability management at the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research (ISIS), University of Graz. He is subject editor for CSR and industrial ecology of the Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier). Before joining the University of Graz he was senior researcher in the field of strategic management and industrial ecology at the Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He finished his post-doc studies in the field of corporate sustainability management at the University of Leoben and received the Venia docendi for business administration from the University of Leoben. His main research interests are (corporate) sustainability management, sustainability assessment, LCA, industrial ecology, inter-organisational management and innovation.
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University of Graz, Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research
Prof. Dr. Martina KEITSCH
Associate Professor in Sustainable Design at the Department of Product Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Keitsch has worked for over fifteen years in the sustainable design field mainly with eco design, design theory, environmental ethics, user-driven innovation and aesthetics. She is teaching Bachelor- Master- and PhD students and has published several articles on these topics.
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Product Design
Prof. Dr. Marlen Gabriele ARNOLD
Marlen Arnold is head of Corporate Environmental Management, Chemnitz University of Technology. Since her beginning of her scientific career in 2001 she has been dealing with strategic and innovation-related questions regarding sustainability. Marlen Arnold has been working in several research projects at the University of Oldenburg, the Technical University of Munich and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) in Berlin. She was a research fellow at the Hanken School of Economics and the University of Vaasa, Finland. Her main fields of research are to be found in strategic management, innovation management, open innovation processes, participation, evolutionary approaches and biomimicry. Her publications can be found in Ecological Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development or Business Strategy and the Environment.
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Prof. Dr. Tomás RAMOS
Dr. Tomás Ramos is Assistant Professor at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, School of Science and Technology and senior researcher at CENSE, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research. He is teaching strategic environmental/sustainability assessment and planning, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research activity is mainly carried out within these topics, including, sustainability performance evaluation, reporting, management, and impact assessment. In particular, he has been working for more than 20 years with sustainability indicators. He has published widely on these topics in international journals and books. He is Subject Editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production and member of the Editorial Board of the journals Sustainable Development and Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management. Between 2003 and 2010 he was member of the Accreditation Council of the Ordem dos Engenheiros (public association that represents the Portuguese engineers) and between 1997 and 1999 was the President of the Portuguese Environmental Engineering Association
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Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research
Dr. Joachim SPANGENBERG
With a PhD in economics, but an academic background in natural sciences (MSc in biology, post-graduate in ecology) I am an interdisciplinary researcher by education and dedication. Professionally I work as a macro-economist for the Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research and the Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany on sustainable development strategies, sustainability science, values and indicators, ecosystem services and their valuation (including limits of monetisation), environmental conflicts, and on issues of sustainable consumption and economic (de)growth. In addition, I am a lecturer at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences. Past positions include SERI Vienna, the Wuppertal Institute and the Institute for European Environmental Policy.
Associate Professor. Dr. Alex FRANKLIN
Dr Alexandra Franklin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, UK. Her research interests include shared practice, place-based resource management, collaborative governance, rural development and human-animal relations. Alex specialises in qualitative research techniques, with much of her work informed by a participatory action research approach to study design. Although originally a human geographer by training, her involvement since 2005, in inter- multi- and trans-disciplinary research practice, sees her identifying more closely these days with the broader field of (social) sustainability science. For the period 2012-2015 she was a co-editor of the international Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, and currently serves as an editorial board member of SociologiaRuralis. For the period 2018-2022 Alex will act as co-ordinator of a MSCA-ITN H2020 European Training Network entitled ‘Building Resourceful and Resilient Communities Through Adaptive and Transformative Environmental Practice’ (RECOMS). She will simultaneously be involved (2017-2020), as a member of the co-ordinating institution, in an H2020 (CSA) project consortium entitled ‘Bringing Organisations and Network Development to the Higher Levels in the Farming Sector in Europe’ (BOND).
Assist. Prof. Dr. Roberto MERLI
Roberto Merli, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University and senior researcher at QUIS - Quality Innovation and Sustainability Laboratory. He is teaching Technology innovation and sustainable production at postgraduate levels. His research activity is mainly carried out within the fields of Environmental Management Systems, Eco-labels, Corporate Social Responsibility, Quality management, Customer Satisfaction, Certifications (ISO 9001 and 14001, SA8000, OHSAS 18001). He has published widely on these topics in international journals, conference proceedings and books.
Merli, R., Preziosi, M., & Acampora, A. (2018). How do scholars approach the circular economy? A systematic literature review. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 178, 703-722.
Merli, R., Preziosi, M., Acampora, A., & Ali, F. (2019). Why should hotels go green? Insights from guests experience in green hotels. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, 81, 169-179.
He is recently been nominated as Delegate of the Department of Business Studies of Roma Tre University, in the University Inter-Faculty Commission for the development of all the initiatives related with the UN 2030 Agenda. He is a qualified accountant from 1995, ISO14001 auditor from 2004, and co-founder and major shareholder of a spinoff company, active in environmental, quality and safety consultancy and training.
Prof. Dr. Francisco A. COMÍN
Francisco A. Comín is research professor at Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (http://www.ipe.csic.es)-CSIC (http://www.csic.es) (Zaragoza-Jaca, Spain, Europe) since 2002. Previously, he was Professor of Ecology at University of Barcelona (1983-2002). He has been visiting researcher at universities and centres in USA, Denmark, Italy, Romania, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Colombia and Peru. He is a specialist on ecosystem services with interest on ecological restoration, landscape and socio-ecological analysis. He is currently involved in the development of projects for the ecological restoration of open coal mines, wetlands and rivers in Spain and México and on the development of strategies and methodologies for the socio-ecological development of rural territories. He was the organizer of six international conferences. He has been member of the Board of Directors of two international scientific societies. He is interested on promoting research and practice on sustainable development throughout different spatial scales, and particularly on the integration of the sustainable development of rural-urban systems. References of his scientific publications and citations are available here.
Prof. Dr. Eduardo WILLS
Eduardo Wills-Herrera received his PhD in organizational behavior and a master’s degree in management from Tulane University, New Orleans. He earned also a Master in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (Erasmus University,) in the Netherlands. He is a full professor (profesor titular) at the Management School at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He has been a professor at this University since 1993, first as Director of CIDER (Interdiscilinary Center for Development Studies) and then as a professor at the Management School in the academic areas of organization studies and sustainability where he teaches a Phd seminar and an undergraduate course about Colombia and its institutions linked to the sustainable development goals. He also teaches a course about Organizations and Society at the Master in Development Practice and Master in Environmental Management of the school.
He was very active promoting the creation of the academic area of sustainability at the Management School in Uniandes and is an active member of it.
His research has been motivated firstly by development studies and governance with a particular emphasis in regional development and sustainable development. In that line of work he published extensively in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies particularly related to conflict and post-conflict and Colombia. Lately, his main research interests are related to the understanding of subjective well-being at the individual, organizational, and societal level. He has proposed the use of subjective wellbeing indicators as a complementary measure for sustainability at the organizational and societal level He has published extensively in journals such as Journal of Happiness Studies, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Journal of Socio-Economics. He has been a board member of ISQOLS (International Society of Quality of Life Studies) and is a member of ISQOLS. He is also a board member of Transparency Colombia.
Publications and citations of his work can be seen in google scholar citations available here
Dr. Harn-Wei KUA
Associate Professor Kua has authored about 100 articles in his research areas, which are focused on life cycle sustainability assessment, building materials and sustainable development policies; in most of these publications, he is either the sole or lead author. He has won more than 50 different international/national academic awards (including from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT). He has been invited by local and international organizations to deliver guest lectures and speeches on his research more than 50 times, including as a plenary speaker at the Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which was organized by the International Council for Science on 11th June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (at Rio+20). He consults for the Singapore Government on environmental issues and has helped set up corporate sustainability guidelines for companies with more than SGD 2 billion in combined annual turnover. He is currently involved in research collaborations with groups in China, USA, Italy, Colombia, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia on various research topics.
Prof. Dr. Richard WELFORD
Richard WELFORD is one of the founders and the chairman of CSR Asia. He has over twenty years of experience working in the fields of environmental management and social responsibility. He was previously a professor at the Universities of Hong Kong, Huddersfield and the Asian Institute of Technology. Richard was one of the Founders of the ISDRS and currently edits three journals: Sustainable Development, Business Strategy and the Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. Richard’s work has had a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability and social justice. He has worked with companies on developing their CSR strategies and with NGOs on developing private sector engagement plans. He has also worked on policies and implementation plans covering a range of issues including governance, supply chain risks, human rights, community investment, poverty alleviation, conservation and biodiversity.
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Prof. Dr. Janaina MACKE
Janaina Macke is full professor for social innovation and sustainability management at the Business Administration Program, University of Caxias do Sul (Brazil). Besides the academic experience, she has also experience in large multinational industries and currently, works for companies as consultant, in the operational and strategic areas.
She finished his post-doc studies in the field of Territorial Science at the University Joseph Fourier (France) and received the Research Award for business administration from the Brazilian Federal Agency CNPq (Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development). Principal researcher of Organizational Social Theory Research Group with research interests in the areas of sustainability, socia innovation and territorial development (smart-sustainable-resilient development).
Prof. Dr. Roberta SALOMONE
Roberta Salomone received her Ph.D. in “Technology and Economics of Processes and Products for the Environmental Safeguard" at the University of Catania (Italy). She is Full Professor of Commodity Science at the Department of Economics of the University of Messina (Italy). She participated to various research groups, also as national coordinator and she is, actually, author of more than 130 publications on national and international scientific journals, books and proceedings. She teaches Quality and Environmental Management, Sustainability Management and Industrial Ecology in bachelors, master degree, PhD courses and specialization courses. Her main research topics are: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and other environmental assessment and management systems and tools; Quality and Environmental Management; Industrial Ecology and Industrial Symbiosis. She is the Rector’s delegate for Sustainability at the University of Messina.
Prof. Dr Marc WOLFRAM
Dr. Marc Wolfram is Associate Professor for urban sustainability and transformation at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul/Suwon, South Korea. From 2002-2012 he worked as a consultant and as a senior researcher in Europe, collaborating closely with governments, city networks and the European Commission on a wide range of urban sustainability issues. Since 2013 he has been appointed at universities in South Korea, pioneering a number of research projects on transformative urban change. His research focus is on innovations in urban governance, policy, planning and design, and how these can shape conditions for radical social-ecological-technological transformations.
Dr. Cecilia SOLÉR
Associate Professor in Marketing at the Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden, specializing in sustainable consumption and sustainable marketing. Research areas are sustainable consumption in a consumer culture context and sustainable market construction. Cecilia teaches Sustainable Marketing Management and Consumption at the master level and supervise Bachelor- Master- and PhD in the field of sustainable consumption. In addition she teaches the first PhD course in Sustainable Consumption in Sweden.