Sustainable business travel in a low carbon economy

About the project or challenge area

The future demand for physical business travel (undertaking travel in your everyday work) will be a complex cost-benefit conundrum for organisations as they seek to be sustainable and socially responsible to address the Climate Emergency and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Covid-19 has completely disrupted business travel, enforcing the substitution of physical ‘meeting-ness’ with virtual proximity. But, irrespective of global disruption, the demand for business travel has always bounced back, as organisations perpetuate the compulsion for physical travel to recover markets. But, for post-Covid-19 organisational practices: what is the future of business travel in the socially and environmentally responsible organisation?

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to investigate and examine a major societal challenge and gain expertise in understanding the role ICT makes in substituting physical ‘meetingness’ with virtual proximity. You will work with a leading scholar in sustainable business travel and have the opportunity to undertake research with an organisation in the Bristol city-region. This project is ideal for students interested in a career focused on research, policy or strategies for sustainable corporate travel management and international human resource management.

About you

You will have had undergraduate training in a social science subject.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Jonathan Beaverstock, Professor of International Management in the School of Management. You can contact him at +44 (0)117 42 82320 or email

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Low Carbon Energy theme is a vibrant community of researchers who integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to develop sustainable energy policy and technologies which are crucial to providing a safe, reliable and low-cost energy supply for a growing global population. We innovate in every part of the energy system, from generation and storage, to regulation and end-user demand Find out more about the Low Carbon Energy theme.

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