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Sarah Birrell Ivory

Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy, The University of Edinburgh

Dr Sarah Birrell Ivory is a Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy at the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a Chartered Management and Business Educator (CMBE).

She has a BCom (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Melbourne Business School (including an exchange semester at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), an MSc (Research) and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to academia, Dr Ivory worked for a decade in the private sector in Singapore and Australia, and for an international NGO in the UK.

Dr Ivory is Director of the Centre for Business, Climate Change, and Sustainability (CBCCS) at the University of Edinburgh Business School. CBCCS aims to be a catalyst for positive social and environmental change in the interaction of climate, business, policy, and society; to work across institutional, market, organisational, community, and individual levels; and to offer innovative and research-led solutions, stimulate and contribute to key policy debates, and create and inspire changemakers for the future.

As well as being a past chair of the British Academy of Management Sustainable and Responsible Business special interest group, she has served a term as an elected non-professorial member of the University of Edinburgh Senatus Academicus.

She is a regular presenter at the British Academy of Management (BAM) annual conference, as well as their Doctoral Symposium. She has also presented at many international conferences including the Academy of Management (AoM) annual meeting, the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference, the Australian Business Ethics Network (ABEN), and the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS), Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching & Student Experience (CABS LT&SE) Conference, and University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference.

Dr Ivory has been published in leading journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, and Business Strategy and the Environment. Her research covers a range of topics including the relationship between business, sustainability, and climate change, as well as social enterprise governance and alternative forms of organising. She also researches critical thinking pedagogy, and creating critical thinking learning environments.


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    Lecturer in Climate Change and Business Strategy, University of Edinburgh