Sustainability Academy


5th PhD Sustainability Academy, London, Ontario, 25-30 Oct 2012, Hosted by the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario; Deadline 30 Aug

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On October 25-30, Ivey will host the 5th PhD Sustainability Academy. This year’s theme is Theories and Paradigms for Sustainability.

We will explore, engage and encourage: the emergence, growth and diffusion of theories for researching and teaching sustainability; past, present and future paradigms for sustainability work in academe and practice; and ways to multi-dimensionalize our thinking and action for a more sustainable world. We will rethink sustainability using multiple lenses, push our understanding on systemic/intractable problems we collectively face, and enrich our theoretical and empirical analyses of individual, organizational, societal and eco-system life.

If you are doing your doctorate on sustainability related themes, we’d love to see an application from you by August 30, 2012.

All the local expenses are covered, but invited participants are responsible for their own travel.

The Network for Business Sustainability sponsors a Best Paper Award and a $500 cash prize.

This is the annual doctoral event for the Alliance of Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), and a great opportunity to join a network of established and emerging sustainability scholars at highly prestigious institutions.

To meet the alumni and award-winners of our past academies, please visit us at

We have an amazing group of international scholars looking forward to work closely with 15 competitively selected doctoral students.

  • Tima Bansal, Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario
  • Oana Branzei, Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario (Ivey faculty host and organizer)
  • Bobby Banerjee, School of Business, University of Western Sydney
  • Joshua Margolis, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
  • Andy Spicer, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
  • Marian Chertow, Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program, and
  • Mike Toffel, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School.

The deadline for submissions is August 30, 2012. Please email your full submission to Oana Branzei.

All submissions will be evaluated through a double-blind review process. Applications need to include a separate cover-page with author details, a two-page abstract (up to 1000 words, single-space 12 point font Times New Roman) and a full manuscript submission (following the AMJ style guide for empirical studies and the AMR style guide for theoretical papers). Because participants are invited based on the relevance, timeliness and quality of the proposed research, the two-page abstract needs to include sufficient details to help the selection committee compare submissions based on their potential contribution.

We much look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch. Oana

Oana Branzei, PhD
David G. Burgoyne Faculty Fellow
Building Sustainable Value Research Fellow
Director, Sustainability Certificate Program

Associate Professor, Strategy
Richard Ivey School of Business
1151 Richmond St. N, London N6A 3K7
Tel: 519 661 4114 / Fax: 519 661 3485

PhD Sustainability Academies are enjoyable, intense learning journeys with a like-minded community:

"The Sustainability Academy has been a real game-changer for me. It was the most intense, high-quality experience that I’ve had to date in my doctoral career." Barbara Zepp Larson, PhD Candidate, Management, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

"At this academy I found role models, obtained diverse perspectives on my work, and most importantly, found a community that I feel I ‘belong’ to!" Lite J. Nartey, PhD in Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"In all truthfulness, it is the most intense and honest feedback I have ever had – bar none. Moreover, the Sustainability Academy was the best academic and personal development week of my life!" Stephanie Berger, PhD in Management, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

"The experiences of that week truly impacted me at a personal level, and gave me new perspectives of what it means to be a scholar […]I now see new potential in what I can contribute to the world through my career, and met amazing people who share my passions." Jason D’Mello, PhD in Entrepreneurship, University of Louisville

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