My name is Alex Hope. I am currently Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics and Director of Student Engagement and Satisfaction at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, a post I have held since May 2014, and Associate Lecturer in Environmental Management at the Open University. Before entering the world of academia I had a rather eclectic mix of jobs. I have managed pubs, installed industrial shelving in warehouses, been a power-press operator for a roofing manufacturer, worked as a DJ and last, but not least, a long spell as a retail manager in a large high street music store chain. Throughout all of this, I have remained a committed environmentalist…
I put an end to this strange meandering career path on my 30th birthday and re-entered education. One degree in Environmental Management, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership which saw me working as a local authority Sustainable Energy officer, a PhD in Sustainable Development, an MA in Academic Practice (and two kids later), here I am…
My main research interests include business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability in project management, Environmental Assessment Methodologies, and other related topics. Essentially I like to work on projects that seek to ‘operationalise sustainability’, by this I mean seeking ways in which environmental, social and economic can be implemented in practice. I mainly teach business ethics and CSR across a range of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees.
I use this space as a sounding board for my ideas, as well as communicating my research to a wider audience than is afforded by the usual academic publishing outlets. l also discuss my experiences as an academic attempting to build a research and teaching career in what is often a rewarding, but frustrating job. I blog about sustainability in business and management, energy policy, the trials and tribulations of working in academia and the use of technology and social media in learning and teaching. If that is your kind of thing, please have a look around and let me know what you think – comments are always welcome and debate encouraged!
If you are inspired to work with me in any way, perhaps as a PhD student, or on collaborative research papers or funding bids, please do get in touch – I am always open to opportunities and ideas!