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 and Lecturer position at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London and from 2004-2017 she was a director of a volunteer-led Irish not-for-profit, AidAfrica Ireland, which supported children affected by HIV and Aids in South Africa.
English (native), Afrikaans (working knowledge)
Guest Lectures & Workshops
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Brennan, G. and Tennant, M. (2018) Sustainable value and trade-offs: exploring situational logics and power relations in a UK brewery’s malt supply network business model. Business Strategy & Environment – Special Issue Delivering Sustainability in Supply Networks. Vol. 27, pp. 621–630. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2067
Owen, R., Brennan, G. and Lyon, F. (2018) Enabling investment for the transition to a low carbon economy: Government policy to finance early-stage green innovation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability- Special Issue on Sustainability governance and transformation 2018, Vol. 31, April, pp.137–145. Available: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.03.004
Blomsma, F. and Brennan, G. (2017) The emergence of the Circular Economy: A new framing around prolonging resource productivity. Journal of Industrial Ecology – Special Issue: Exploring the Circular Economy. Volume 21, Issue 3, June 2017, pp.603-614. Open Access: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jiec.12603/full
Jonker, Jan and Montenegro Navarro, Naomi and Brennan, Geraldine (2018) Urban Business Models - Exploring business models in the urban environment with a focus on sustainability, circularity and inclusivity, leading to hybrid forms of collective value creation. Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Blomsma, Fenna and Brennan, Geraldine (2018) Circularity thinking: systems thinking for circular product and business model (re)design: identifying waste flows and redirecting them for value creation and capture. In: Designing for the Circular Economy. Charter, Martin , ed. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK, pp. 133-147. ISBN 9781138081017
Brennan, Geraldine and Tennant, Mike (2018) Sustainable value and trade-offs: exploring situational logics and power relations in a UK brewery's malt supply network business model. Business Strategy and the Environment, 27 (5). pp. 621-630. ISSN 0964-4733
Brennan, Geraldine (2018) Urban Business Models: Exploring business models in the urban environment which focus on sustainability, circularity and inclusivity, leading to hybrid forms of collective value creation. Project Report. White Paper Radboud University Nijmegen.
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.
Current research projects:
(2018-2021) Rethinking Fashion Design Entrepreneurship: Fostering Sustainable Practices (AHRC) – with other partners led by London College of Fashion, University of Arts London, U.K
(2017-19) Regional Growth Fund: Impact and Economic Evaluation, for BEIS (with IFF Research and Belmana).
Previous research projects:
(2017) Dutch National Survey on Business Models for Circular Economy, for Stichting OCF, The Netherlands.
(2011-2016) EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability (CIMIS), Sustainable Industrial Systems Grand Challenge
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