Bob is Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Research & Enterprise at Cass Business School, City University of London. He researches and teaches on sustainability, climate change, corporate social irresponsibility and resistance movements… He has published widely in international scholarly journals and his work has appeared in Academy of Management Learning & Education, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Marketing, Management Learning, Organization and Organization Studies among others. He is the author of two books: Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the co-edited volume Organizations, Markets and Imperial Formations: Towards an Anthropology of Globalization. Bobby was a Senior Editor at Organization Studies from 2007 to 2019.

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Talk: Sustainability in Times of Corona
A single microbe has turned the world upside down. COVID-19 may not have brought the global economy to a grinding halt but the dramatic slowdown in economic growth has seen millions of people lose their jobs. The pandemic has also resulted in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (at least during the initial stages of lockdown), which climate policies have consistently failed to do over the last thirty years. The world is waiting for the pandemic to pass so the economy can grow again and we can return to ‘normal’ life. What if ‘normal’ was the problem in the first place? But what if this artificial halt in the global economy is permanent? What would this mean for the future of work, jobs, and growth? Can the crisis allow us to imagine a better and more sustainable world? In this talk I will argue that life under COVID- 19 should be the new normal because it has the potential to make the world a better place. A single microbe has the potential to transform our economies, our ecologies and our societies. Instead of wasting a crisis, we can learn from it by creating new economies of restoration and distribution for a just and sustainable world.