Board Biographies

Executive Board Members

 

Prof.Dr. Walter VERMEULEN (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. He is especially focusing on new forms of private governance in international supply chains, both in Europe as in supplier countries worldwide. He was also program leader of the International Master Sustainable Development at Utrecht University.

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Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
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Dr. Pauline DEUTZ (Vice President)

Dr. Pauline Deutz is a Reader in the Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at the University of Hull, UK. 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 priorities. Examples include: incorporation of industrial ecology principles into economic development & waste management; integration of eco-design in product design; building the capacity for sustainability in waste management.

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University of Hull, Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
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Prof. Dr. Rupert BAUMGARTNER (Executive Secretary)

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
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Prof. Dr. Peter DOBERS (Treasurer)

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.

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Södertörn University
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Dr. Pontus CERIN (Director of Communications)

Pontus Cerin is a Program Manager the Swedish Energy Agency for large research projectsand demonstration programs, concerning aspects like energy efficiency in transports,smart electricity grids, IT and buildings. These tasks also encompass reviewing and makingdecisions on research proposals concerning organizational issues, environmental management aspects,environmental assessment tools as well as human behaviour and environmental economics. Pontus Cerin is also an Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology where he’s conductingresearch on energy efficiency optimisations in light-weight vehicle construction. This year at KTH PontusCerin has developed a PhD Course on Sustainable Development and taught courses on economic aspectsin environmental assessment methods.

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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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Dr. Anne WALLIS

Dr Wallis’ research interests include Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Human Dimension of Wildlife.  Most recently she has been working on a number of large projects that include i) producing a sustainability indicator guide to assist local managers with implementation of sustainability programs; ii) developing a tool for assessing regional sustainability that incorporates the relationships between the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability; iii) investigating the social context of water conservation; and iv) developing a Land Suitability Decision Framework for local governments in south west Victoria.  In 2007 she was part of a team who developed a GIS for the coastal and marine values of south west Victoria using recreational fishing as a key coastal value and in 2009 lead a study to benchmark social attitudes to river health and carp management.  She has also been involved in studies investigating the human dimensions of recreational southern Bluefin fishing.

Prof.Dr. Simon BELL

Simon Bell is Professor of Innovation and Methodology at the Open University in the UK. Prior to this he was Director of the Bayswater Institute in London. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has held Visiting Professor positions in Japan and the UK and was for a while Visiting Professor at Capgemini Management Consulting group. Simon has a life long fascination with ideas and his career has progressed from ICT to Management to Measurement and Metrics to Sustainability Indicators to Sustainable Development to Social Participation to Psychodynamics to the study of Fear and Climate Change. He is currently studying the systemic nature of consciousness. With 11 books on his CV Simon has a keen interest in longer forms of output but he has also contributed to various pod casts, videos and graphic forms of output including (currently) a comic (graphic novel) on Project Fear.

Dr. Rodrigo LOZANO

I have been working on the topic since 1999 on different contexts. I have focused my
research, teaching, and project acquisition on having a holistic, transdisciplinary, and international perspective on the topic. I have worked on different contexts, such as companies, consultancies, universities, and with UNEP and UNIDO (on sustainable public procurement and Chemical Leasing, respectively). I have been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cleaner Production since January 2016, where I have under my responsibility three Executive Editors, and 20 subject editors.

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
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Dr. Shobhana MADHAVAN

Dr. Shobhana Madhavan is Professor Emeritus to the University of Westminster, London, and a Jean Monnet Scholar. She is an economist with substantial experience of teaching and research in the areas of development, technology, transportation and the environment. Her research includes a pioneering study of rural travel and transport in Karnataka, India. She has published papers on technology transfer, environment, and the Indian automobile industry. She has co-authored a book on European Economic Integration and Sustainable Development. She was specialist advisor to the House of Lords, UK, advising on promotion of small and medium enterprises in Europe. Dr Madhavan has presented numerous conference papers in the UK and abroad and was the organiser of an international conference on HIV/AIDS and Business in 2006 which focused on the development of new perspectives for shaping business strategies for combating the epidemic. She is a member of the editorial board of Sustainable Development. Her professional qualifications include Chartered Membership of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK.

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Dr. Volker MAUERHOFER

Dr. Mauerhofer received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Laws from the University of Graz/Austria (1993/1998 with Honours) and his Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Vienna/Austria (1999). After more than three years practicing law at courts as well as law firms he passed the bar exam in Austria and then he subsequently obtained a post-graduate MA in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds/UK (2003). Currently he is a Lecturer at the University of Vienna teaching courses in the Master program Nature Conservation & Biodiversity Management. He is holding and has held different visiting positions, such as visiting researcher at the Policy Research Institute of the Ministry of Forestry and Fishery/Japan (PRIMAFF) and Visiting Professor at UNU IAS (United Nations University, Institute of the Advanced Study of Sustainability/Japan) after having taught and researched at UNU IAS for more than two years. Besides publishing and supervising graduate students, he has been executing his academic and freelance research for over 15 years in more than 45 countries on six continents focusing on biodiversity conservation through law, economics and politics guided by natural science, on environmental governance including public participation and on Strong Sustainability practice.

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Dr. Yamini NARAYANAN

Yamini Narayanan is a Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, and has previously taught at La Trobe University, Melbourne and Murdoch University, Western Australia. Her specialisations are in the areas of urban development and planning (in South Asia), religion and development, and gender and development. She has published in a number of high-ranking journals and her book Hinduism, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Religion and Urbanisation in Jaipur (Routledge-Earthscan, Oxford) and her edited volume Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities for South Asia (Routledge-Earthscan, Oxford) are forthcoming in 2014.

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Deakin University, Faculty of Arts & Education
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Dr. Olawale OLAYIDE

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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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
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Prof. Dr. Arun SAHAY

Dr. A. Sahay is Professor of Strategic Management and presently holds the position of Dean (Research). He was a hard core business executive; lately turned into an academician thus, belonging to both the corporate and academic world. His research interests are Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Environment and Sustainability.

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Birla Institute of Management Technology, Centre for Center for Research Studies

 

Prof. Dr. Peter SCHLOSSER

Involved in ISDRS since 2011 (co-organizer of ISDRC 17). Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering (1999), Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences (1993), Deputy Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York. Major interests include studies of the dynamics and changes of the oceans, transport and mixing in rivers and estuaries, dating of young groundwater, air/sea gas exchange, and paleoclimate, as well as human impact on natural systems. PhD in Physics, University of Heidelberg (1985); Assistant Professor, University of Heidelberg (1986 to 1989); Associate Professor, Columbia University (1989 to 1992). Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (2000 to 2003). Member ISDRS, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Oceanography Society, The New York Academy of Science, and the European Geophysical Union. Vetlesen Fellow and Visiting Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (1994). Elected Fellow of the AGU (2007), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), and the Explorers Club (2012). Ca. 150 refereed publications. Past member of the steering committees of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, the Climate Variability and Predictability Program, the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study, and the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Program. Past and present member of numerous science planning, steering and advising committees including past chair of the science steering committee of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change and present co-Chair of the science steering group of the International Study of Arctic Change, and Earth League.

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Dr. Astrid Skjerven

Dr. Astrid Skjerven is Professor in design theory at The Department of Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway. She has a doctorate in design history from The University of Oslo. Her special field of interest is the phenomenon of Scandinavian design in a global context, the impact of design on daily life, and cultural sustainability. She has been Co Editor of Scandinavian Journal of Design History and Leader of Docomomo Norway, and has published articles in books and international scientific journals. She is National Committee Deputy Member of the EU based COST Action of Cultural Sustainability, and is presently working with an anthology on design, culture and sustainability for Routledge.

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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.

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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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