Geraldine is researcher at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research, Middlesex University Business School, focusing on sustainable business model innovation and the circular economy. She is part of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), an international academic-industry network elaborating visions and exploring possibilities of prosperity. In particular, she is working on the role of alternative models of enterprise and alternative investment strategies in the P-Theme of CUSP’s MAPSS Framework which explores the politics and organizational dimensions of sustainable prosperity.
Geraldine’s research interests include the impact of power and organizational influence on sustainable value creation opportunities; social and sustainable entrepreneurship, the interface between business ethics and strategy, systems change and interdisciplinary research for sustainable development. Geraldine’s PhD explored how invisible flows like power and influence impact resource flows and sustainable value creation opportunities in a UK sustainability pioneer’s business ecosystem. This research was funded by the EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability, a multi-university academic-industry consortium and Climate KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation initiative, funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
In 2015 Geraldine was awarded the international Green Talent Award from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) which recognises early stage career interdisciplinary researchers in sustainable development. She holds a Visiting Research position at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London and is a director of a volunteer-led Irish not-for-profit, AidAfrica Ireland, which supports children affected by HIV and Aids in South Africa.
English (native), Afrikaans (working knowledge)
Guest Lectures & Workshops
Brennan, Geraldine and Tennant, Mike (2017) Sustainable value and trade-offs: exploring situational logics and power relations in a UK brewery’s malt supply network business model. Business Strategy and Environment . (Accepted/In press)
Vickers, Ian and Andrea, Westall and Roger, Spear and Brennan, Geraldine and Syrett, Stephen (2017) Cities, the social economy and inclusive growth. Project Report. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York.
Blomsma, Fenna and Brennan, Geraldine (2017) The emergence of circular economy: a new framing around prolonging resource productivity. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 21 (3). pp. 603-614. ISSN 10881980
Brennan, Geraldine and Tennant, Mike and Blomsma, Fenna (2015) Business and production solutions: closing loops and the circular economy. In: Sustainability: Key Issues. Kopnina, Helen and Shoreman-Ouimet, Eleanor , eds. Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability . Routledge: EarthScan, pp. 219-239. ISBN 9780415529860
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