Professor Gail Whiteman

The Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business

Profile

Gail Whiteman is Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business.

Her research utilises organisation theory on knowledge to analyse how a range of actors (companies, civil society, and local communities) make sense of ecological change, and how these actors transform and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities.

Professor Whiteman is also the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and was actively involved in building science-based targets including those for a future low-carbon economy. She is a Research Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), a Steering Committee member of the Future Earth Forum, and is an Executive Board member of the Resilience Alliance, an international research organisation of scientists and practitioners who collaborate to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems.

Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Ecology & Society, and Nature, etc. Professor Whiteman was a 2011 Global Finalist in the Aspen Institute’s high-profile ranking of Faculty Pioneers in sustainability. Her research aims to help organisations deal more effectively with sustainability challenges, an objective she established during her former career in the private sector. She has led or is leading a number of large research grants related to sustainability and climate change, including the ICE-ARC research grant coordinated by the British Antarctic Survey. Professor Whiteman is also active in innovative business sustainability training and education and was the organiser of a high-profile event in 2011 – the Engaged Business Leaders’ Forum - in which H.R.H. Princess Irene of the Netherlands and H.R.H. Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme participated.

Copenhagen Business School
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Copenhagen Business School
Participation in conference

She is Sustainable
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

COP21 Panel
Participation in conference

PLANETARY BOUNDARIES Workshop
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Journal of Management Inquiry (Journal)
Editorial activity

Organization Studies (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) (Journal)
Editorial activity

Journal of Management Studies (Journal)
Editorial activity

Global Finalist
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Breaking the Frame Award for Best Paper
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Top 50 Article in 2004 for Innovation
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Award for Best Paper (ONE)
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Creative Writing Scholarship
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D.D. Monieson Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

Best paper in the Academy of Management Learning and Education for 2012
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Finalist, Best Published paper 2011 by OMT division, Academy of Management 2012
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Graduate Scholarships 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97
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Incentive Scholarship 1983/84, 1984/85. Entrance Scholarship 1982
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  • Energy Lancaster