Paul Abbott

I am an experienced sustainability consultant with over 25 years’ experience in running a small consultancy business aimed at providing a range of consultancy services to the small business sector as well as Government Departments, Universities and Accrediting and Awarding Bodies.

I began teaching at The University of Leeds in September 2011 on the MSc Sustainability and Consultancy programme – to which I brought an understanding of the employability needs of the sustainability sector –as well as hands-on knowledge of project managing multi-million pound projects in a range of industrial sectors.

I am a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (PEIMA) as well as a Member of the Institute of Consulting (MIC). As Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA), I am proud to be named among other notable Fellows such as Stephen Hawking, Tim Berners-Lee, Charles Dickens and Karl Marx. I am also proud of the fact that the term “sustainability” was first used in an environmental sense in the RSA Journal in 1980.

I have worked with a range of environmental and social entrepreneurs in a voluntary capacity in the first stage in supporting them to establish their businesses and have a passion for innovation relating to the sustainability sector.

My research interests lie in the field of ethical decision making, particularly within very small organisations.

The Programme offers a mix of theory and practice relating to the sustainability issues confronting business. You will concentrate on theory in semester one – and the application of theory in semester two. During the summer, you will undertake a 10 week consultancy placement in an organisation where you will work on a real consultancy project that will have tangible and definable benefits to your host organisation. The programme prides itself on its wide ranging network of host organisations who offer challenging placement opportunities as well as subsequent career opportunities in many cases.

My aim as programme leader of the MSc Sustainability and Consultancy programme is to equip students to work across the wide spectrum of the sustainability sector from large scale engineering companies, through to small boutique consultancies. I also aim to keep the programme relevant to the changing needs of industry with respect to issues such as environmental protection as well as social justice. My constant wish is that students find rewarding careers in sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the public, private and third sectors.

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