‘Keystone actors’ and hidden connections: a sustainability science approach

Wednesday 5 May 2021, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Postgraduates, Staff, Undergraduates


Free to attend - registration required

Registration Info

Registration opens 1 Mar 2021. Please register via the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keystone-actors-and-hidden-connections-a-sustainability-science-approach-tickets-142912762921

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Event Details

This lecture introduces Professor Jan Bebbington, Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, and provides insight into a new mode of research that is emerging at the intersection of organisational and ecological scholarship.

A keystone actor is an organisation (or group of organisations) that has a significant impact on an ecological or social system. The premise is that if keystone actors adopt a stewardship perspective, they might provide a response to sustainability issues that face society and industry.

This lecture will introduce this idea and highlight elements of keystone research that have recently been published and explore one of these groups in more depth: the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship initiative (https://seabos.org/). Professor Bebbington is part of a team of scientists (including social scientists) who provide insights to SeaBOS as well as evaluating this particular approach to sustainability governance.

Following the lecture there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

All Lancaster University staff and students welcome - please register with your University email address if possible.

The event will be held on line, via Teams, and a link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event. Please note: the event will be recorded and made available for public viewing at a later date.


Jan Bebbington

The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University

Professor Jan Bebbington focuses on issues that emerge at the intersections between sustainable development concerns and accounting scholarship and has published on topics such the Sustainable Development Goals; sustainability science; motivations and rationales for standalone reporting; carbon accounting; sustainability assessment and accounting education.


Contact Details

Name Desna Mackenzie