Dr. Amy Burnett is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Research (CEEDR) at the MDX Business School and actively contributes to CEEDR’s different research themes.
As part of her current role, Amy is working with Dr. Bianca Stumbitz (CEEDR) on the Transitions to Parenthood project, a 3-year ESRC project working with key practitioner partners to understand how Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) are supporting maternal and paternal rights during pregnancy and on parents’ return to work. She is also working with Dr. Patrick Elf (CEEDR) on examining London-wide Borough-led green economy initiatives. She has actively contributed to other recent CEEDR work, including the SME Financing for Biodiversity project, part of the GreenFin research work led by Dr. Robyn Owen; this project is working to understand how financiers of SMEs can encourage biodiversity-based investment and how reporting by SMEs on their impact on the environment can enhance the sustainable investment landscape more broadly. Amy is also working on the Financing Natural Capital project, led by Prof. Fergus Lyon (CEEDR Director) which is seeking to understand challenges and opportunities for farmers in accessing emerging natural capital markets to pay them for nature-based outcomes on their farms.
Amy is an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner with a background in political science, international development, environmental management, community engagement (digital and place-based), participation and planning. As a researcher, Amy’s work focuses on the role of civil society groups, social enterprises and networks in promoting innovative and sustainable development in the context of planning and regeneration, policy influence and organisational design. She is particularly interested in regenerative value (Burnett, 2022a, b), that is how monitoring, evaluation and labelling schemes can be tied to wider transformative system dynamics to encourage creative and redistributive solutions that capture the value of nature and society.
She also specialises in impact-orientated and applied work and has held various consiltancy roles relating to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Communications, with extensive field-based experience in Southern Africa, Brazil and the UK.
As a researcher, Amy’s work focuses on the role of civil society groups and local government in promoting innovative and sustainable development in the context of planning, placemaking and place-based identities, political systems and broader policy influence, organisational design and incentivising action on climate and biodiversity issues. She also specialises in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Communications, with extensive field-based experience in Southern Africa, Brazil and the UK.
She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) network where she contributes to the research theme political and organisational dimensions of sustainable prosperity, enterprise and nature research themes.
Amy also has her own consultancy company, Development in Transition (DinT) where she supports local councils on Neighbourhood Planning and community-led development plans. Her work as a practitioner has also involved establishling community-led organisations, including community energy and community-led housing groups, and she has advised social enterprises on measuring the impact of regenerative procurement.