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The Department of Management declares climate emergency

8 May 2019

The Department of Management at the University of Bristol is the first UK business and management school to make the pledge, reaffirming their commitment to sustainability.

Last week the University of Bristol became the first UK university to formally announce a climate emergency, with their own Department of Management following suit soon after with a declaration on the Chartered Association of Business Schools' website.

The Department of Management is keen to embrace its social responsibility and support the Climate Change challenge. Researchers from the University of Bristol contributed to the recently published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which has been a key catalyst for the nationwide Climate Emergency campaign. By announcing a climate emergency, the Department of Management intends to draw public attention to the report's findings.

Sustainability is an important theme for the Department of Management, which is committed to embedding inter-disciplinary research on sustainability within its curriculum. Students can engage with the following themes: innovation and enterprise, global citizenship and sustainable futures to explore future opportunities and challenges facing them as they pursue important career and life choices.

In addition the School of Economics, Finance and Management is supporting other areas of research focused around environmental sustainability, for example Professor Martin Parker is spearheading a new cross-university institute to explore ‘Civic Futures’ in which a low-carbon economy incorporates hybrid and alternative organisations. The School of EFM is building new alliances with the University’s Cabot Institute for the Environment - a diverse community of 600 experts, united by a common cause: protecting our environment and identifying ways of living better with our changing planet.

The School of EFM’s Professor Dale Southerton has recently been appointed Acting Director of Cabot, and Professor David Evans has been appointed Leader of its Food Security research Theme. In addition, Professors Richard Owen, Palie Smart, Paul Cousins, Xiaojun Wang are exploring technological innovations and industrial transitions toward inclusive and sustainable economies that mitigate climate change effects.

The School of EFM also contributes to the University’s Bristol Futures initiative and the new Cabot Masters by Research on Environmental Challenges. Together with the School of EFM’s new MSc in Global Operations and Supply Chain Management and MSc Marketing, these initiatives have been purposefully designed to meet the need for responsible management education that addresses global challenges.

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