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Professor Jem Bendell

Personal details

JemBendellJob title: Professor of Sustainability Leadership, and Director of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability

Highest qualification: PhD (University of Bristol)

Job role: Director of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability

Email: iflas@cumbria.ac.uk






Academic interests

Academic interests

  • Corporate social responsibility, sustainable enterprise, social enterprise, social innovation, stakeholder dialogue and collaboration, responsible investment, mission-based investing; particularly related to market transformation for sustainable development.
  • Strategy for social and organisational change, combining insights from social movements, sociologies of power, systems thinking and design thinking.
  • Community exchange, complementary currencies, collaborative consumption, sharing economy (collectively “sustainable exchange”)
  • Leadership education, including experiential learning
  • Action research, cooperative inquiry, appreciative inquiry, applied qualitative research, critical discourse analysis.

Research activity

Current projects

  • The potential, limits and best practices in 'sustainable exchange' (including community exchange, complementary currencies, collaborative consumption, sharing economy). Involves collaboration locally with Transition Lancaster, nationally with the Sustainable Money Working Group and the Finance Innovation Lab, and internationally with Greek local exchange systems, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, and an emerging network of business schools connected to EABIS. Includes guest editorship of future special Issue of Sustainability, Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, and co-convening of international conference in autumn 2013.
  • Transition to sustainable development through market transformation initiatives. Includes modelling disruptive innovations by sustainable enterprise, system-change partnerships, and public policies for scaling up sustainable or social enterprise. Includes completing two books for publication in 2013.
  • Integration of experiential nature-centred learning with system-change strategies informed by multiple social sciences. This is an action research project in the enhancement and development of courses at the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability.

Selected outputs