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Professor, Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University

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.

Her work has been published in the top business and ecology journals including the Academy of Management Journal and Nature and she has over thirty-five academic peer-reviewed academic publications on sustainability. She sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Her academic network spans many disciplines including the natural sciences. She is an associate member of the Resilience Alliance , a world-class, multidisciplinary research organisation comprised of scientists and practitioners that explore the dynamics and resilience of social-ecological systems.

She 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. Media coverage included articles in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Greenbiz, the BBC, the Financial Times, and local Dutch press.


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    Professor, Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University