January 22, 2015, by ICCSR

Leading the way on PhD workshops

One aspect of ICCSR activity that sometimes slips beneath the radar is our leadership in organising, developing, and chairing PhD workshops on sustainability topics.

We’ve held an annual symposium that includes a PhD student development workshop for more than a decade now, and our work in this area is going from strength to strength.

The next link in the chain is a PhD workshop on business ethics and governance, which we are organising for April 2015 in conjunction with London’s Cass Business School. Past workshops have looked at topics such as ‘marginalised voices in CSR’ and research into experimental economics related to business and society.

We began running PhD workshops as an internal exercise for our own students – and friends of ICCSR – right from the earliest days of our foundation. But we’ve been extending invites to others for around five years now. Over the years we’ve worked with a number of other academic institutions – including the Africa Academy of Management – to provide opportunities for PhD students to present papers and to receive feedback on their research from other scholars.

Aside from providing the chance for students to take advantage of discussion and debate about issues dear to their hearts, such workshops can have other benefits. Given that organising a workshop or seminar is part of the training for a PhD, we also allow students to have a go at organising parts of the event if they so wish.

ICCSR’s work in this area is currently being led by assistant professor Sareh Pouryousef, who will be representing the ICCSR as a faculty commentator at the April workshop. She’ll be organising ICCSR’s student participation at the April workshop, as well as preparing detailed feedback for student researchers from other participating universities, including Copenhagen Business School and Royal Holloway.

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