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 Action2020.org.
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.