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    I supervise PhD students, focussed in the areas of Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Educational Curriculum, Green HRM, Green Tourism, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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    Personal profile


    Dr Chris Doran joined Edge Hill University in the summer of 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in Business and Management. Chris teaches a range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate business modules, including Graduate Enterprise, International Business and Research Methods.

    Dr Doran has a number of operational roles within the University. He is the Year Head lead for the Business and Management Programme for first year students. He is also the Co-chair for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which encompasses the induction of sustainability in university curriculum. Chris is also the Business School representative for the following University level committees: Academic Quality Enhancement Committee (AQEC) and the Regulations Reviews Sub-Committee (RRSC).

    Prior to joining Edge Hill Business School, Chris was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Salford for 15 years where he held a number of management roles. These included: Department Head of the HRM And Strategy Subject Group within Salford Business School, University Chair for Research Ethics, Development Lead for University Strategy implementation and a committee member of the Assessment Forum.

    External roles have included being an elected member of the steering committee for the United Nations UK Chapter of the Principles for Responsible Management in Education. (UK PRME) 2017-2021, where Chris implemented seven local networks across the UK to deliver sustainability within over fifty higher educational institutions.

    Research interests

    Main research areas are as follows:

    • Ethical Codes of Conduct in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
    • Teaching Methodologies, Strategies and Curriculum Design in the Delivery of Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Business Ethics Courses in the United States and the U.K.
    • The implementation of Biophilic design in the workplace as an employee engagement strategy.
    • Sustainability of Universities and their strategy for the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    • The use of vignettes as a methodological tool in business ethics areas.


    Chris’s current teaching and module leadership is as follows,

    BUS2020 Graduate Enterprise

    BUS2025 International Business

    BUS4042 Critical Perspectives on Managing Human Resources

    BUS4522 Organisational Research

    BUS4547 Leading Corporate Social Responsibility

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

    Education/Academic qualification

    Business Ethics and Sustainability, PhD, An Investigation into the Creation, Application and Communication of Ethical Codes of Conduct in U.K SMEs, University of Salford

    Award Date: 6 Jun 2014

    Research Groups

    • SustainNET
    • Community Owned Businesses Research Group


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