Professor in Sustainability

Ref: 6180

University of Derby


Role Managed by:

Annabel Holt

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6219


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 25/11/2022

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The University of Derby is the only higher education institution in Derbyshire. Our Strategic Framework 2018-2030 articulates our aim of ‘Being a Force for Positive Impact’ on the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental prosperity of our home county. We are proud to be amongst the first universities to pledge a commitment to producing a Civic University Agreement and are also on the exciting journey of investing in research as part of our Innovation and Research Strategy 2020. The University has entered a new and exciting era, making investments in our students, staff and research infrastructure to help us achieve our overall aim of producing research that is high in quality and has an impact nationally and internationally. This ensures that knowledge created at our University informs our curriculum and supports industry, policy makers, international partners and the wider research community.

The Business School is seeking an outstanding individual to support key strategic research considerations within Sustainability. Reporting to the College Head of Research, the Professor in Sustainability will develop and lead exciting research and education programmes in the area of Sustainability that is aligned with the research and innovation strategy of the University of Derby.

The successful candidate will bring substantial experience and in-depth knowledge in the broader area of sustainability in business with a significant national track record and an emerging international reputation within their field. With strengths in a range of areas including Business and Supply Chain Improvement and the University’s cross disciplinary approach to the Zero Carbon theme, the Business School is looking to invest in and enhance our research in sustainability. It is closely related to the regional and national Zero Carbon ambition, offering cross sectoral research opportunities and contribute to the clean business growth, continuing building Derby’s network with industry and policy makers, making an impact through rigorous research. We encourage inter-disciplinary and team-based research projects and have recently established considerable infrastructure and support for research, including weekly research seminars, termly mentoring and research planning, and collaborative research projects. We are looking for candidates who can build on our demonstrative commitment to research impact and student success and who can provide specialisms in but not limited to sustainability, low carbon business, or sustainable supply chain.

The University of Derby, in partnership with Perrett Laver, is undertaking a targeted search to identify the most suitable and highly qualified individuals to fulfil this strategically important position.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made in the strictest confidence to Annabel Holt at Perrett Laver via 

Applications should include a full academic CV and a covering letter

The closing date for applications is 9am GMT Friday 25th November.


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