Pentland team

The Team

The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business draws on expertise from across different disciplines. 

Centre Director Professor Gail Whiteman comes to Lancaster following a distinguished career in the private sector and academia.

She holds the Rubin Chair in Sustainability and is also the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She was actively involved in building science-based targets for the global platform

Her research analyses how different groups make sense of ecological and social change, and how these groups transform and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social problems. 

She serves on numerous academic advisory boards and is a member of the Executive Board 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 a number of journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Ecology & Society, and Nature.  She has written three blogs for the World Economic Forum on the implications of Arctic change.

In 2011, she was a Global Finalist in the Aspen Institute’s ranking of Faculty Pioneers in sustainability.

Joining Professor Whiteman are a team of lecturers and researchers, some of whom previously worked with her on the ICE-ARC project.

Team Members

Members of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business team.

Gail Whiteman

Centre Director and Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business


Paul Young

Associate Director

Dmitry Yumashev

Senior Research Associate

Lingxuan Liu

50th Anniversary Lecturer in Sustainability

Jessica Davies

50th Anniversary Lecturer in Sustainability


Victoria Janes Bassett

Senior Research Associate

Patrick Bigger

Lecturer of Human Geography


Rodney Irwin

Honorary Teaching Fellow

Michael Meaney

Project Manager, ICE-ARC Project

Ivar Struijker Boudier

Research Assistant (UK EEE & WEEE Quantification and Compliance Target Study)

Angela Towers

Marketing, Communications and Design Assistant

Desna Mackenzie

Centre Co-ordinator

Minna Halme

Visiting Professor from Aalto University, Finland

Nadine Andrews

Visiting Researcher

Affiliates and PhD Candidates

Academics and students who work with us. 

Kevin Jones

Director of the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC)

Harry Hoster

Professor and Director of Energy Lancaster

Mark Shackleton

Professor of Finance

Mark Stevenson

Professor of Operations Management

Linda Hendry

Professor of Operations Management

Andrew Jarvis

Lecturer at the Lancaster Environment Centre

Katre Leino

PhD Candidate

Jimena Alvarez

 PhD Candidate

Amy Benstead

PhD Candidate

Marta Ferri

PhD Candidate

Pentland Centre Student Champions

Student volunteers who work with our academic staff to support our activities and research.

Kristen Freile

Pentland Centre Student Champion 2017-18

Julius Kup

Pentland Centre Student Champion 2017-18