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Funds for two sustainability studies Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund

Date of news: 22 June 2022

The Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund awarded two projects of researchers of Nijmegen School of Management. With funding up to £20.000, the Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund supports research, teaching or short staff mobility projects. The two research projects awarded this year, share the theme of sustainability and are internationally engaged, because of their strategic partnership with the University of Glasgow. The Faculty Board congratulates Adam J. Calo, Andrea Herrmann and Hans Lekkerkerk with their awarded funds.

Remaking property for sustainability transformations

Adam Calo, Assistant professor Environment in collaboration with Professor Frankie McCarthy (School of Law, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow)

Evidence-based targets to achieve sustainability are being set by governments, civil society actors, researchers, and transnational governing bodies, but they often fail to address the socio-legal “lock-ins” that may frustrate otherwise sensible reforms. In our project, we focus on the role of property relations in enabling or inhibiting the crucial societal transformations needed to meet targets like emissions reductions, shifts in agricultural production, and biodiversity conservation. This collaboration will form a series of workshops and academic encounters to develop a “legal geographic” approach to studying how property relations can be better aligned with the goals of sustainability transformations. This work will be integrated with the work of the Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges.

Pilot Project for ESRC Research Grant [Open Call]: 'Learning from an International Comparison of Innovation Practices for Sustainability at Market-Niche dominant SMEs'

Andrea M. Herrmann, Professor Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Hans Lekkerkerk (initiator), Lecturer Organizational Design and Development in collaboration with Dr ir. Rob Dekkers, Reader in Industrial Management (Adam Smith Business School, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow)

This pilot project will conduct two sets of case studies on market-niche dominant SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to discover practices for innovations that are sustainable. In both countries, SMEs contribute substantially to the economy and there is lack of knowledge about how these successful SMEs identify, allocate and coordinate resources to meet their goals of economic, environmental and social sustainability.  Accordingly, the project intends to discern the practices of innovation management and build a comprehensive framework to explain how SMEs assemble the necessary resources for achieving their sustainability aims.

More information on the Radboud-Glasgow Collaboration Fund can be found here.