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Bringing the Local into Focus

Researching Social Entrepreneurship within Transnational Management Education

12:30 PM, 24 May 2017

Mission Zero® - and beyond

Hear from a world leading company on how they are transforming their financial and environmental performance, in pursuit of a carbon neutral business.

4:00 PM, 3 April 2017


2017 Spring and Summer Term Programme

Mission Zero - and Beyond

Monday 3rd April at 16:00 - 17:45, BS1/01

Barry Townsend

This is an opportunity to hear from a world beating company on how they are transforming their financial and environmental fortunes in pursuit of a carbon neutral (zero) business. This lecture will cover their ‘mission zero’ approach to design, engineering, technology, innovation, leadership and culture.  The lecture will speak to academics and students across the applied science, business and design/architecture spectrum.   Interface is a world-leading company when it comes to sustainability.  The world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet for commercial and residential applications, it was founded in 1973, by Ray Anderson, a business pioneer, and is based in Atlanta, USAa and Shelf, near Halifax, West Yorkshire.

1545-1615 - Tea/Coffee

1615-1745 - Lecture. This will be 40mins presentation followed by an on-stage interview and Q&A with the audience.

To attend please email us at or telephone Zaman Zaffer (x1501) or Fiona Hesselden (x1376)

All in Good Taste

Tuesday 14th March at 13.15 – 14.45, BSG/27

Jenny Coleman

Seminar given by Good Taste Sheffield on the problems, pitfalls and potential of running a small social enterprise.

A not for profit business, run by volunteers Good Taste – the Sheffield Fair Trade Shop - opened in March 2015, selling a wide range of fair trade food, greetings cards, jewellery, gifts, toys and homeware.

Their mission is to create a market for high quality fair trade goods which demonstrate the talent and ingenuity of the producers, and enable them to earn a living and provide for their families.

The profit made on items go to support ‘TASTE’, a charity working in Nigeria to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to the local people.

To attend please email us at or telephone Zaman Zaffer (x1501) or Fiona Hesselden (x1376)

All in Good Taste

Tuesday 14th March at 13.15 – 14.45, BSG/27

Jenny Coleman

Seminar given by Good Taste Sheffield on the problems, pitfalls and potential of running a small social enterprise.

A not for profit business, run by volunteers Good Taste – the Sheffield Fair Trade Shop - opened in March 2015, selling a wide range of fair trade food, greetings cards, jewellery, gifts, toys and homeware.

Their mission is to create a market for high quality fair trade goods which demonstrate the talent and ingenuity of the producers, and enable them to earn a living and provide for their families.

The profit made on items go to support ‘TASTE’, a charity working in Nigeria to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to the local people.

To attend please email us at or telephone Zaman Zaffer (x1501) or Fiona Hesselden (x1376)

Fair Trade, more than just bananas...

Wednesday 1st March at 12:30 – 13:45, BSG/35

Jenny Carlyle

Suma is the UK’s largest independent wholefood wholesaler/distributor, specialising in vegetarian, fairly traded, organic, ethical and natural products. It is a workers’ co-operative committed to ethical business.   This seminar will be an insight into Suma and how they have built a multi-million pound business on Fairtrade Principles.

Water of Life: our faith and a changing climate

Thursday 9thMarch 2017, Quayside exhibition space at the University of Huddersfield

Do you feel like the world is changing way too quickly? All around us there are changes in society and the environment. This one-day conference brings together scientific experts with people of faith to set out the background to challenges, opportunities and appropriate responses to a changing climate, with particular focus on the River Holme valley. Our very own Dr Julia Meaton will be speaking at this conference. 

2017 Spring Term Programme

With great power comes great responsibility - The importance of Responsible Management Education

Tuesday 14th February at 1315 – 1430, BSG/27

Charlotte Warin, Newcastle University

Responsible management education (RME) is viewed here as a strategic approach to embed responsibility, sustainability and ethics into teaching, research and extra-curricular activities.  This approach is being undertaken by a variety of disciplines but is viewed here from a business school standpoint. 

This seminar will investigate into the factors affecting (un)successful RME institutionalisation and examine a change process model that is proposed to help schools map their institutionalisation efforts.  

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2016 Autumn Term Programme

The importance of Virtual Water

Wednesday 7th December at 12:30 – 14:30, The business School Board Room.

Mr Melvin Woodhouse

Melvin Woodhouse brings over 30 years of global knowhow in the fields of water resources engineering and management. His talk on The Increasing Relevance of Virtual Water– the water used to grow food or make products which are then exported - underpins almost all regional and global trade. About 15% of the water used in the world is for export, in virtual form. Melvin is an independent consultant with over 30 years of global practical experience in the fields of water resources engineering, management, policy and law. He has subsequently led the drafting of water law in a number of countries and worked on water rights reform as well as the interface between law and practical interventions at local, national and transboundary levels.

The Increasing Relevance of Virtual Water– the water used to grow food or make products which are then exported - underpins almost all regional and global trade. About 15% of the water used in the world is for export, in virtual form.  The concept is widely established in academic circles and is beginning to see practical application – with some countries and sectors exploring the need to manage their exports of virtual water and introduce controls.

This seminar presented an introduction to virtual water and examples of its relevance at country level. The merits of water management and legal provisions to  control the movements of  virtual water remain unclear – but are a growing future concern as water stressed countries attempt to develop drought proof economies and food security.

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Using datasets to Understand Social Processes: Halting Deforestation in Nepal

Thursday 10th November at 12:30 -14:30, BS3/29 The Business School

Dr Johan Oldekop from the University of Sheffield

Join us to understand how publicly available social and environmental data from Nepal can be combined to understand how social processes and development interventions lead to social and environmental synergies and trade-offs.  Dr Johan Oldekop is an environmental biologist working increasingly as a social scientists. He has worked on decentralization and poverty alleviation policies, and the link between natural resource management and social and environmental outcomes in several countries.

To attend please email us at or telephone 01484 471501.

Seminar on Social Enterprises and Value Creation in a Rural Community

Wednesday 5th October at 12:30 - 14:30,  Room BS2/40 The Business School

Rosemary Chilufya PhD student at the University of Huddersfield

Come and join us to get a better understanding of the benefits to rural communities of social enterprise value-creating activities, and the influence of socio-spatial context on these.  Based on the results of interviews, archive data and focus group discussions the seminar will share Rosemary’s findings which show that rural social enterprises create multiple levels and forms of value and that social enterprises are motivated by the desire to contribute positively to the place where they live, as well as their concern for the survival of the community.

To attend please email us at or telephone 01484 471501


2016 Spring Term Programme

Best practice on social and environmental impact projects

4th July 2016, CSRC, The Business School

Half day Round Table Meeting at the Business School at the University of Huddersfield.

Research collaborators Prof. Armindo dos Santos de Sousa Teodósio, (Téo) and his colleague Vander Luiz Aguiar from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil, shared their experiences on various social and environmental impact projects. The round table meeting discussed social enterprise projects involved in recycling and a public-private collaboration involving Fiat and the development of community based enterprises. Recycling projects like this in Brazil have emerged as a key source of employment in poor communities across the country and has been pioneered in Minas Gerais. Through enterprise over 40 million people have been lifted out of poverty through waste and garbage management. The project has resulted in a number of interventions both from the government and private sector.

For any further information regarding the social and environmental projects please email Dr Walter Mswaka on

Small-Scale Entrepreneurs and Diversification in Africa

Wednesday 29st June, The Business School, University of Huddersfield.

One day Symposium at the Business School at the University of Huddersfield.
The aim is to create a collegiate opportunity for sharing of experience and ideas across a range of circumstances, from honey traders in Ethiopia to wetland onion growers in Zambia. Developing markets opportunities, improved communications and changing urban and rural circumstances are being picked up by entrepreneurial people who see the new opportunities for generating income, diversifying their enterprises and developing their livelihoods. How to learn from these leaders and spread their lessons, as well as how to support more rural dwellers take up innovative activities are the questions being explored.

Speakers include: Vincent Lagarde, Associate Professor University Business School, IAE, Limoges; Joseph Asitik, UCLAN; Yvan Biot, FARM Africa; Orla Kilcullen, GOSHA; Janet Lowore, Bees for Development and Peter O’Hara, PNRM Consultants as well as Professor Gerard McElwee, Professor Adrian Wood, Fiona Hesselden and Matt Snell from the University of Huddersfield.

Responsible Business Week Seminar: University of Huddersfield

Thursday 21st April, 1230-1400 in the Board Room (BS2/40), The Business School, University of Huddersfield.  
Lunch will be provided. 

Will Eadson, Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

On the occasion of Responsible Business Week, the CSRC is calling for businesses, their employees and partners to come together to share ideas and show how they are turning ambition into positive action for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.  

On the day, Dr Will Eadson, Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, will be exploringcommunity energy in the UK through analysis of national policy. It will focus on the ways in which the Community Energy Strategy has sought to shape the meaning and nature of community energy, using empirical examples from a number of research projects on local and community energy in the UK, before considering alternative conceptions and possibilities.

To attend please email us at or telephone 01484 471501

Social Enterprise and the Future of Local Food – an event for Everyone 

Thursday 7th April at 1pm, Room BSG/23 (Business School) – ALL WELCOME!

Come, hear and question Barry Sheerman MP on Social Enterprise, Universities and their Communities. Barry has been Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield since the 1979 General Election. He is Visiting Professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield and a Co-chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills & Employment. So far in his career, he has been involved in setting up over 30 social enterprises.

The second part will be hosted by CSRC member Dr John Lever, and will give insights on the future and great potential of Local Food in Kirklees. In addition,  John along with Students for Sustainability will be introducing you to the ‘Food Growing Project’ , the Social Enterprise developed by UoH students.

To book your place please email:

Making Markets Work for Poor People

Wednesday 2nd March, 1000-1100, BS2/40
Geoffrey Nyamota, Head of Market Engagement at Farm Africa 

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Geoffrey brings over 23 years' experience in managing public and private sector partnerships and implementing value chain projects in East Africa and South East Asia to the University of Huddersfield.  Geoffrey specialises in M4P (Making Markets Work for the Poor) and in making sure young people and gender issues are integrated into agricultural value chains.  

The Future of Local Food

Monday 15th February, 930-1330, University of Huddersfield CSLG/01

Dr John Lever ( Senior Lecturer in Sustainability , CSRC UoH) and Professor Matt Jones (Associate Professor of Public Health, Kirklees Council) will be sharing their findings from the Kirklees Local Food Research and the Food for Life Social Return on Investment Analysis, providing an unmissable opportunity for interested individuals and organisations  to network and discuss future opportunities within the field.

Limited places available.

To attend please email or call 01484 471501

Can drinking tea save the planet?

Tuesday 2nd February, 1300-1430, BS2/40
Keith Writer, Commodities Director at Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate

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Keith will be speaking on what it takes to create a sustainable business, the importance of building resilience in supply chains and sustainable sourcing strategies.   He will talk about why they choose to run a sustainable business, the benefits they perceive accruing to it from this as well as the issues and challenges they face in doing it. 

 To attend please email us at


2015 Autumn Term Programme

Managing Crisis Communication: the case of Ebola and the NHS and government response

Thursday 3rd December
Rachel Carr, Deputy Head of News at the Department of Health 

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On 23 August 2014, Will Pooley was confirmed as the first UK resident volunteering in Sierra Leone to be diagnosed with Ebola. The next 72 hours proved to be one of the biggest communications challenges to hit the government in recent times. If you’d like to know more about how the Department of Health rose to the challenge of reassuring the public, positioning the NHS as well prepared to manage Ebola and protecting the Government’s reputation why not drop into this session? You will learn how the department worked with partners across government to deliver a successful communications strategy and the multi award winning results it achieved.

Sustainable Development Goals: why do they matter to local and global business 

Friday 13th November
Chris Harrop, Director of Marketing and Director of Sustainability Marshalls plc., Chairman UK UN Global Compact 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), successors to the Millennium Development Goals were adopted at the UN Summit in September this year.   These global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda aim to help the world shift from a dangerous business-as-usual path to one of true sustainable development. But will a new set of goals actually make a difference?  And what do they mean in practice to businesses today?

 Our speaker, Chris Harrop, is Director of Marketing and Sustainability at Marshalls plc, a leading hard landscaping manufacturer and provider of natural stone and concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets.  Chris is also Chair of the UK United Nations Global Compact and a Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative.

 Chris will share his many years’ experience of working at national and international levels on sustainability issues, both is his capacity as Chair of the UK Compact and as Marketing Director for Marshalls.   Chris has been named a  Business in the Community Game Changer and has experience in carbon labeling (on one of the largest programmes in the world), ethical sourcing and compliant supply chains in India and China.

 This seminar takes place two weeks prior to the critical 2015 Paris Climate Conference which will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

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Kirklees, Comoodle and the Collaborative Economy: The Politics of Sharing  

Tuesday 13th October
1230-1400, BS2/400

Dr Fiona Cheetham and Dr John Lever, CSRC

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In September 2014 Kirklees Council was successful in winning €1 million in the United States Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge towards funding the implementation of Comoodle. Comoodle is an innovative initiative which envisages involving communities in a sharing revolution to change the way public services are delivered. A key feature of Comoodle is the development of an on-line platform which seeks to stimulate and operate a collaborative economy to share untapped local resources - ‘stuff, space and skills’ - in order for the borough of Kirklees ‘to do more with less’. Dr John Lever and Dr Fiona Cheetham have been commissioned by Kirklees Council to evaluate the implementation of Comoodle. They have been invited to challenge assumptions and develop insights to aid the Council in rolling out this exciting new initiative. In this seminar, the two researchers share their preliminary findings as they explore the development and progress of Comoodle.


2015 Summer Term Programme

The state of social enterprise in Brazil

Wednesday 24th June
1230-1415, BS2/40
Dr Armindo dos Santos de Sousa Teodósio (Téo), PUC Minas Gerais, Brazil

Téo’s runs the Postgraduate Program in Management at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Téo’s research is in the areas of Social and Environmental Management, Public Policy and Organizational Studies; he is the research Core Leader in Ethics and Social Management at PUC Minas Gerais. His research interests include Civil Society Organizations, Social Movements, Socially Responsible Business, Public Policy and Sustainable Development.

Air Transport, Socio-economic Development and the Environment

Thursday 21 May 2015
1230-1400, BS2/40

Professor Callum Thomas, Chair of Sustainable Aviation, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Over the last 50 years, the air transport industry has changed the world in which we live contributing to the establishment of a global economy, multi-cultural societies and global mobility. Some societies/city regions have become highly reliant upon the industry. The benefits that have arisen from aviation growth are significant, but so too, the adverse environmental impacts that threaten the growth of the industry at both a local (airport) and global level. Air transport is very popular with the public and many companies are dependent upon the services it delivers. But will this level of global mobility be sustainable in a low carbon world ? Will it be Bali or Blackpool for the summer holidays in 2050?

Professor Thomas has been an advisor to the UK Government, the European Commission, the World Economic Forum and the international air transport industry on environment and sustainability issues associated with the development of aviation.

Students for Sustainability launch event 

Tuesday 28th April 2015

This launch event was supported by the Business School’s Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities. It featured a ‘question time’ style discussion with guests responding to audience questions on the issues of making choices to create a more sustainable society.

17:30 Drinks Reception 18:00-20:00 Launch Event

  • Opening/Closing - Josh Elderfield - SU President
  • Chair Person - Coco Toma - VP Comms & Democracy
  • Miriam Wilson - People and Planet
  • Simon Robinson - Ethical Consumer
  • Chas Ball - Green Party Parliamentary Candidate
  • Elizabeth Edgington - Business in the Community


2015 Spring Term Programme

Boarding the Ark: leading the way for sustainable development

Wednesday 4th March 2015
1315-1445 in BSG/09 with lunch.

PhD student Ngo Orubite

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Church in Peril –half a century of Frankincense decline

Monday 23rd February 2015
120-1400 BS2/40 with lunch

Dr Motuma Telera, Wonda Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources at Hawassa University, Ethiopia

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Honey Money: a sweeter way to help prevent deforestation and global warming?

Wednesday 4th February 2015
1315-1445 BSG/09 with lunch.

Janet Lowore, Bees for Development

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2014 Autumn Term Programme

Using Social Media for Social Problems – from dog poo to Ebola

Wednesday 10th December

12.30-2.15pm BSG/17 with lunch.

Dr Julia Meaton

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International CSR: A post-colonial continuation of bad resulting from do-gooding?

Thursday 6th November
12.30-2.15pm Boardroom BS2/40 with lunch

Professor Stephen Vertigans, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 

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CSRC: Applying Centre Principles – the Experience of the Forests of SW Ethiopia

Friday 24th October
1.15-3pm BS2/40 with lunch

Professor Adrian Wood

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