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, 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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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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Dr. Martina KEITSCH (Treasurer)

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. 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. 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. Peter DOBERS

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. 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.

Prof. Dr. Rodrigo LOZANO

Rodrigo Lozano is Professor (full) at the University of Gävle, Sweden and former Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cleaner Production (impact factor for 2015: 4.959). He was previously Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and programme leader of the BA Environment and Business at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK. For more than fifteen years Rodrigo has been working towards Sustainability in NGO's, universities, and corporations. His projects have ranged from chemical leasing, indoor-air quality and energy efficiency, to sustainability assessment and reporting, and to organisational change management. Rodrigo holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (graduated with honours) from Monterrey Tec, Mexico; a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economies (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden; and a PhD on organisational change management for Corporate Sustainability at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

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University of Gävle

Dr. Volker MAUERHOFER

Volker Mauerhofer 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 an examiner & MSc-theses supervisor at the University of Vienna, holding several visiting researcher positions in 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 as well as board member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) and 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 130 presentations worldwide. Besides supervising students, he has executed academic and freelance research over 20 years in more than 55 countries.

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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
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Prof. Dr. Astrid Skjerven

Astrid Skjerven is Professor in design theory at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. She has a PhD in art history from The University of Oslo. Her special field of interest is the phenomenon of Scandinavian design seen in a global context, the impact of aesthetics on daily life, and cultural sustainability. She was member of the EU COST Action IS 1007 Investigating Cultural Sustainability 2012-1015, and is a board member of The International Society on Sustainable Development Research (ISDRS). She has published articles in international scientific journals, has been co editor of two special issues on design in the journal Sustainable Development. She is member of the advisory board of the journal FORMakademisk. She has recently published the book Design for a Sustainable Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Education (Routledge 2017), in cooperation with Janne Beate Reitan.

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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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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

Dr. 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).

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.

Sigurd VILDASEN, Research Fellow / PhD Candidate

Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen is a research fellow at NTNU, Norway, and a last-year PhD student. His theoretical interests deal with the area of corporate sustainability and the complexities involved in firm-stakeholder collaboration. Sigurd’s empirical work is centered on an ongoing longitudinal case study which investigates the behavior of the company Plasto when navigating stakeholder networks and established supply chains. This research activity is anchored in the project Sustainable Innovation and Shared Value Creation in Norwegian Industry, see www.sisvi.no . Besides research, Sigurd is actively involved in decision-making processes at NTNU where he is deputy member in the university board, and member in the faculty board. He 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.

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 http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WaOveUMAAAAJ&hl=en

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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