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Experts on developing a sustainable future at Cambridge Judge Business School

5 November 2021

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aculty and other experts at Cambridge Judge Business School can offer expert opinion on various issues that may arise at the COP26 climate-change summit in Glasgow. If you would like to contact any of these faculty members, please email

Our faculty and leaders at Cambridge Judge Business School can offer expert opinion on developing a sustainable future.

Please note: If you would like to contact any of these faculty members, please email

Climate and the economy

  • Kamiar Mohaddes, Associate Professor in Economics and Policy

    Kamiar has applied his expertise in macroeconomics and climate change at many organisations, including the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge and the Monetary Policy Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is an author of a recent study on the link between sovereign credit ratings and climate change, which found that many national economies can expect credit downgrades in the next decade without steps to reduce emissions.

Risk and climate change

  • Daniel Ralph, Professor of Operations Research and Academic Director of the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies

    Daniel’s expertise includes management of systemic and emerging risks; business decision making; risk aversion in electricity markets;and  methods and models for optimisation problems. The Centre for Risk Studies has developed the Cambridge Climate Change Business Risk Index along with Cambridge Zero and the British Antarctic Survey. It finds that climate change could add around 20% to the global cost of extreme weather events by 2040.

Supply chains and sustainability

  • Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies

    Jennifer’s research into the “grand challenges” facing society often focus on environmental sustainability, including organisational transitions toward such sustainability.

    She has developed a new guide for procurement professionals, which  recommends a “spectrum” of approaches for companies to engage on sustainability with their supply chains.

Shareholder engagement on environmental issues

  • Elroy Dimson, Chairman of the Centre for Endowment Asset Management

    Elroy chairs the Policy Board and the Academic Advisory Board of FTSE Russell, and is an Advisory Council member for Financial Analysts Journal. He has done extensive research into how investors engage with companies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, finding in a much-cited study that engagement from activist shareholders on ESG matters can improve company performance.

Energy policy and technology, including emissions trading

  • David Reiner, Associate Professor in Technology Policy

    David’s research includes national climate change policies; energy demand, emissions trading, and public perceptions of energy technologies. One particular focus is the politics of climate change and the social acceptability of low-carbon or net-negative mitigation options for achieving net zero targets.
  • Michael Pollitt, Professor of Business Economics

    Michael’s research focuses on industrial economics,  privatisation and regulation of utilities especially in electricity. He has questioned some assumptions about UK job creation and green manufacturing, and said in a recent report that proposals to extend the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to cover building and transport would mean proportionately higher costs for the most vulnerable consumers.

Entrepreneurial solutions

  • Matthew Grimes, Professor of Organisational Theory and Information Systems

    Matthew focuses on entrepreneurship, business and society, including how individuals and organisations create, introduce, and sustain positive social change by way of entrepreneurship. In a recent study he finds that grand challenges such as climate change require fresh entrepreneurial thinking and “systematic interrogation of existing assumptions”.

The circular economy

  • Khal Soufani, Director of the Circular Economy Centre

    Khal’s research interests include sustainable economic growth and innovation; corporate finance; financial and managerial strategy; entrepreneurial finance; and the economics and finance of small-medium sized enterprises. He has published extensively on the circular economy, including why circular supply chains are currently so rare.

Cutting down on waste

  • Yasemin Kor, Beckwith Professor of Management Studies

    Yasemin’s research focuses on the intersections of strategy formulation and renewal, top management teams, and corporate governance, including strategy as a configuration of resources and capabilities. Her research finds that supermarkets and consumers can both help break a “race to the bottom” that leads to excessive food waste.

Frugal innovation

  • Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing

    Jaideep focuses on international business, marketing, strategy and innovation, including the internationalisation of firms. He has pioneered research into how jugaad or frugal innovation has rapidly moved from India to western countries, and finds that the coronavirus crisis has accelerated this more sustainable practice of doing more with less.

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