Ground-breaking research opportunity

Posted: Friday 20th June 2014

Northumbria University, Newcastle, and Northumbrian Water have announced a partnership to fund a research project into sustainability.

The £60,000 project will enable a PhD student to carry out research on how organisations can work in partnership to have a lasting positive impact on the community and environment.

Applicants from the UK and overseas are being invited to apply for the three-year research programme, which will aim to understand how companies and organisations can take sustainability to the next level.

This research will develop the practice of embedding sustainability further by exploring best practice and how it can be entrenched fully throughout an organisation’s structure, including leadership and management development through to the role of individuals and its relationship with stakeholders.

The collaboration with Northumbrian Water is being led by the University’s Newcastle Business School and underlines Northumbria’s growing status as a research-rich and business-focused university with a reputation for academic excellence.

Northumbrian Water is already at the cutting edge of sustainable water provision, and recently retained a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its sustainable development – a badge of recognition it will hold for the next five years.

Dr. Jenny Davidson, Principal Supervisor and Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Business School, said: “Sustainability is a fundamental issue for organisations today and many already have well established strategies and programmes in this area. We are delighted to be partnering with Northumbrian Water on this project. They are already acknowledged as leaders in sustainable practice, and a large part of this research will be about making the best better. This is an exciting opportunity for a high quality researcher to contribute to both theory and practice in the next generation of sustainability strategies.

Louise Hunter, Director of Corporate Affairs from Northumbrian Water, added: “We’re excited to be working alongside such an innovative university to offer one PhD student the opportunity to play an integral role in the future development of Northumbrian Water as we strive to enhance our reputation as the national leader in the provision of sustainable water and waste water services.

“As part of the Embedding Sustainability within Organisations PhD research project, the student will be given unprecedented insight across the business to understand and enhance our successful social and environmental partnerships. Last year, we supported more than 680 organisations and gave more than 1% of annual pre-tax profits to projects which benefit the communities we serve. This project will give new insight into how we can further enhance this leading programme.”

Students, with a first or upper second class honours degree (in a relevant subject), interested in applying for the Embedding Sustainability within Organisations PhD should email to request an application form. The deadline for completed applications is Friday July 4, 2014.

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