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Reader in Sustainable Economies, Coventry University

David Bek is a Reader in Sustainable Economies within the Research Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. He is co-lead of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Cluster.

David's research interests focus primarily around sustainability and value chains. He is heavily involved in the Global Cut-Flower Production Networks research project alongside Dr. Jill Timms. David has undertaken extensive research into the South African Cape Flora sector and worked closely with the conservationists seeking to protect wild harvested flowers. He has previously undertaken research examining Fairtrade and ethical trade in the context of fruit, wine and flowers, especially within South Africa.

He is also currently working on a project which seeks to explore the business case for sustainability. This project has led to the development of an online training course which looks at sustainable practices in the horticultural sector. David has also worked on projects examining CSR programmes, most recently in the context of the legacy from mega events, such as FIFA2010.


  • –present
    Reader in Sustainable Economies, Coventry University


  • 2003 
    University of Birmingham, PhD