Biography

Personal Advisee - Office Hours - Academic year 2017-18

  • Wednesdays, 9am to 10am
  • Thursdays, 1pm to 2pm
  • Other days and times by individual appointment. Please e-mail j.fairbrass@uea.ac.uk to arrange meeting.

Office number: TPSC 1.06F

 

Biography

I joined Norwich Business School (NBS) at the UEA in June 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, with a focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability. I am member of the Business Regulation Group and held the post of Group Co-ordinator for the Business Regulation Group until December 2014.  In January 2015, I took over as the Programme Director for the Undergraduate Programmes across Norwich Business School.

My research interests and expertise lie in a number of core areas:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and business ethics;
  • Sustainability;
  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Public Policy-making and Governance, particularly in the European Union;
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour.

Since 1996, I have been an active member of the world’s largest group of scholars and policy practitioners concerned the European Union called the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES). I was elected to be UACES Committee Member (2006-2013) and held one of the Officer posts, namely, Treasurer (2007-2010). As a leading member of this society, I have jointly run two research groups, a UACES funded Study Group (2006-2008) and a UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) (2009-2012) both of which have been focused on EU sustainability policy.

The UACES CRN (2015-2018) that I currently co-convene with colleagues at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico) and the University of Maastrict (Netherlands) has members based in about 10 different countries who carry out research in a number of disciplines (including political science, economics, law, environmental studies, and management studies) and who focus on European Energy Policy.

Before coming to NBS, I previously worked as Senior Lecturer in CSR at the University of Bradford, where I also held the post of Head of Group for the Strategy, Economics and International Business Group and was also Director of Studies for the Doctoral Programme. Prior to working at Bradford, I was a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), having previously trained and worked as a teacher and as a chartered accountant.

 

 

All Publications

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Solorio, I., Fairbrass, J.

(2017)

The UK and EU renewable energy policy: the relentless British policy-shaper,

in A Guide to EU Renewable Energy Policy: Comparing Europeanization and Domestic Policy Change in EU Member States.

Edward Elgar

ISBN 978 1 78347 155 3

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Beddewela, E., Fairbrass, J.

(2016)

Seeking legitimacy through CSR: Institutional Pressures and Corporate Responses of Multinationals in Sri Lanka,

in Journal of Business Ethics

136

(3)

pp. 503–522

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


O Riordan, L., Fairbrass, J.

(2016)

Responsible Stakeholder Engagement. A comparison of corporate approaches in the UK and German Pharmaceutical Industry,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


O’Riordan, L., Fairbrass, J.

(2014)

Managing CSR Stakeholder Engagement: A New Conceptual Framework,

in Journal of Business Ethics

125

(1)

pp. 121-145

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fukukawa, K., Spicer, D., Fairbrass, J., Burrows, S.

(2013)

Sustainable Change: Education for Sustainable Development in the Business School,

in Journal of Corporate Citizenship

49

pp. 71-99

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2013)

Natural allies or strange bedfellows? The emerging relations between business, civil society, and government in response to the challenge of climate change,

in New Climate Alliances'.

pp. 19-22

(Other chapter contribution)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2012)

Emerging climate change governance and COP 15: UK business perspectives,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J., Zueva-Owens, A.

(2012)

Conceptualising Corporate Social Responsibility: 'Relational Governance' Assessed, Augmented, and Adapted,

in Journal of Business Ethics

105

(3)

pp. 321-335

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2011)

Exploring corporate social responsibility policy in the European Union: A discursive institutionalist analysis,

in Journal of Common Market Studies

49

(5)

pp. 949-970

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Smith, J., Haniffa, R., Fairbrass, J.

(2011)

A Conceptual Framework for Investigating 'Capture' in Corporate Sustainability Reporting Assurance,

in Journal of Business Ethics

99

(3)

pp. 425-439

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2010)

Combating Climate Change: Assessing the Contribution of UK Firms,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J., Zueva-Owens, A.

(2010)

Relational Governance and the Development of CSR in Russia: What Role for Government and Civil Society as Drivers for Practice?,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


O'Riordan, L., Fairbrass, J.

(2008)

Corporate social responsibility (CSR): Models and theories in stakeholder dialogue,

in Journal of Business Ethics

83

(4)

pp. 745-758

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2008)

EU, UK and French CSR policy: What is the evidence for policy transfer and convergence?,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2008)

Corporate Social Responsibility Policy in the EU: Issues of Legitimacy, Representation and Political Competition,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2008)

Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe: The EU and national policy models compared,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2008)

Multi-level Environmental Governance and UK Devolution: Weak Administrations Jockeying for Position,

in Multi-level Governance in the European Union: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead.

NOMOS

pp. 186-206

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J.

(2007)

Book Review: Governing Interests. Business Associations facing Internationalisation,

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J., Beddewela, E.

(2006)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Citizenship: A UK business response to national and international challenges,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Fairbrass, J., O'Riordan, L.

(2006)

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Models and Theories in Stakeholder Dialogue,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

My research interests and expertise lie in a number of core areas:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and business ethics;
  • Sustainability;
  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • Public Policy-making and Governance, particularly in the European Union;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour

Using theory and concepts taken from political science, public policy-making and governance scholarship and business ethics literature, my research primarily focuses on the interaction between businesses, governments and non-governmental bodies (pressure groups such as Green peace and Friends of the Earth) with a view to exploring how public policy relating to C(S)R, the environment, energy policy and climate change are constructed and then implemented.

In geographical terms my work concentrates on the European Union but also extends to individual countries within the EU such as the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden and beyond the EU to countries such as Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation.

For details of my publications see the Publications section.

In conducting my research I have jointly secured funding from a number of sources including the European Union (EU), the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UACES and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS). 

I very much welcome applications from potential PhD students in any of the areas shown above, where my research interests and expertise are located.

PhD supervision and examining

Successful PhD Supervisions/Completions

  • 2016. A. Collins. ‘Studies in the Economic Analysis and Regulation of Environmental and Social Problems’.
  • 2016. A. Siepong. ‘A Three-Fold Study of Multi-Dimensional Models of Green Marketing Capabilities (GMC) for the Enhancement of Green Competitive Advantage and Superior Performance: The Insights into Strategic-Behaviour and Strategic-GMC-Fit’.
  • 2012. E. Beddewela. ‘An investigation of corporate responsibility practices amongst MNCs’ subsidiaries in Sri Lanka: Implementation and influencing factors’.
  • 2011. L. O’ Riordan. ‘Corporate Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the UK and Germany

 

 PhD Examining – Internal and External Examining

  • 2017. O Fitch Roy. 'Negotiating the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework: agendas, ideas, and European interest groups'. External Examiner.
  • 2016. V. Gravey. ‘Does the European Union have a reverse gear? Environmental policy dismantling, 1992-2014.
  • 2011. M. N. Verma. ‘New trends in environmental and socially responsible management in the cement manufacturing’.
  • 2007. A. Barron. ‘The Effects of culture on the production of information and communication technologies (ICT) in France and Germany’.

 

 

 

Teaching Interests

I have very extensive and far-ranging teaching experience spanning nearly forty years. It includes teaching in primary and secondary schools, Further and Higher Education Colleges, and a number of Universities where I have delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses and have also supervised to completion a number of PhDs.  My teaching also includes vocational, academic and professional programmes.

The main focus of my teaching is closely related to my research and concerns corporate citizenship, corporate (social) responsibility and sustainability. I have developed a number of modules in this area tailored for MBA and MSc programmes. At NBS, I taught on the MBA programme, delivering a module in ‘Corporate Responsibility’. I have been the Module Organiser for a final year undergraduate module, ‘Strategic Management’, having taught this subject for about 25 years.  I also have considerable experience of teaching International Business modules.

Since joining the staff at NBS I have also been involved in the delivery of two MSc modules: one in ‘Marketing and Strategic Management’ and the other in ‘Research Methods for Brand Leadership’. I have also recently helped to deliver a final year undergraduate module in ‘Corporate Sustainability’.

I hold a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

Most of my enterprise and engagement activities revolve around the research activities that I undertake. As detailed elsewhere, my research focuses on:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and business ethics;
  • Sustainability;
  • Climate Change, Environmental, and Energy Policy;
  • The 'Green Economy';
  • Public Policy-making and Governance, particularly in the European Union;
  • Regulation/de-regulation;
  • Business Lobbying Behaviour;

In connection with this research I have secured several funds and grants that have permitted and facilitated engagement with other academics, public sector policy-makers at the EU, national and local government level, private sector/business organisations and also the third or voluntary sector.

For example, I have jointly led an ESRC funded seminar series concerned with the ‘Green Economy’.  Paper-givers have included scholars from across the UK and beyond and also practitioners representing organisations such as the Ecology Building Society, Pennine Prospects, English Nature, the Green Investment Bank, Terrafiniti and other think-tank organisations such as Change that Matters, Volans, and Chatham House.

I also continue to jointly run a UACES funded academic and practitioner collaborative research network (CRN) whose members are drawn from about 10 different countries and who carry out research in a number of disciplines (including political science, economics, history, law, geography and environmental studies, and management studies) and who focus on EU sustainability, environmental and energy policy.

In addition to these activities I have also organised a number of major international conferences such as the jointly UACES and EU funded entitled ‘Energising Europe: ‘Climate Change, Energy Security and Europe’s Next Big Project’ and delivered a number of EU Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programmes projects such as the ‘Communicating EU Citizenship’ Project.

I have also been a Board Member for an Erasmus Mundus Programme called ‘Enhancing Studies and Practice of Social Economy and Social Capital in Higher Education’.