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Dr Lara Bianchi

Assistant Professor in Business and Society

Division: Strategy and International Business
Centre/Institute: International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466135
Location: B9b (North, Jubilee Campus) (, Jubilee Campus)

Lara is an Assistant Professor in Business & Society. She is part of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Prior to joining Nottingham University Business School in August 2019, she worked at Alliance Manchester Business School, where she led the Business and Human Rights Catalyst Programme.

Lara received a first-class honours BA and MA degrees in Political Science from the University of Pisa, and her PhD in Management, Competitiveness and Development from the Grand Ecole Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna with a thesis on the relationship between Social Capital and Corporate Social Responsibility.

She has a well-established industrial experience with public and private actors about social accounting, stakeholder engagement and labour standards.

I am module convenor of the following modules:


Managing the Responsible Business (N12100)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Current Research Activities
Lara's main research interests are social accountability, responsible business conduct and the impact of the private sector on fundamental rights.

Ongoing research projects:
- Co-Production for Sustainable Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) in Kenya: A Cultural Animation Approach - QR GCRF
- Women workers in conflict-affected societies - how companies can contribute to break the vulnerability spiral providing effective grievance mechanisms - The University of Manchester

Past funded research projects:
- The adoption of the UNGPs in conflict-affected societies, a scoping study in Sri Lanka - QR GCRF
- Business & Human Rights Research Programme - Lord Alliance Funded Project
- Non-judicial grievance mechanisms: an exploratory analysis - ARP III UN OHCHR
- Gender equality in Global Supply Chain - ESRC IAA, in partnership with the Ethical Trading Initiative
- Incorporating human rights into business schools - UoM Humanities Strategic Investment Fund Internationalisation
- Slavery in the Modern World: The Role of Smaller UK Businesses - ESRC Festival of Social Science
- ResponsibleMed, Regional Policies for Responsible Development: evaluation of CSR and economic performance in the MED area - EC Med Programme
- COSMIC, CSR oriented supply-chain management to improve competitiveness in the textile sector - EC DG Enterprise and Industry
- COOPERATE, Companies OPErating in a Responsible Area and with Transparent Ethics - EC DG Enterprise and Industry
- Global Observatory on the Evolution of the Sustainable Enterprise, PRIN.

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Barrientos, S.; Bianchi, L.; Berman, C. (2019), "Gender and Governance of Global Value Chains: promoting rights of women workers", International Labour Review, forthcoming 2019.

Passetti, E.; Bianchi, L.; Battaglia, M.; Frey, M. (2019), "When democratic principles are not enough: Tensions and temporalities of dialogic stakeholder engagement", Journal of Business Ethics, Vol.155(1), p. 173-190.

Battaglia, M.; Passetti, E.; Bianchi, L.; Frey, M. (2016), "Managing for integration: a longitudinal analysis of management control for sustainability", Journal of cleaner production, Vol.136A, pp. 213-225.

Battaglia, M.; Bianchi, L.; Frey, M.; Passetti, E. (2015), "Sustainability reporting and corporate identity: action research evidence in an Italian retailing cooperative", Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol.21 (1), pp. 52-72.

Reports for external body

Zagelmeyer, S.; Bianchi, L.; Shemberg, A. 2018, "Non-state based non-judicial grievance mechanisms (NSBGM) - An exploratory analysis: A report prepared for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights", in UN OHCHR.

Barrientos, S.; Bianchi, L.; Berman, C. 2017, "Women Workers in Global Supply Chains: Rights and Remedy", in UN OHCHR.

Sabbatino, A.; Bianchi, L. 2012, "The European United Nations Global Compact Companies Towards Rio+20 and Beyond - A Best Practices Collection", in Global Compact Network Italy.

Chapters in Books

Bianchi, L.; Battaglia, M. (2013), "The influence of Social Capital in the use and promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility", in Social capital, 301-320, Nova Science.

Battaglia, M.; Bianchi, L.; Huntingford, J.; Frey, M. (2011), "Can local authorities increase the competitiveness of socially responsible SMEs? Evidences from Tuscany Region", in Business research challenges in a turbulent era, 2112–2114, EuroMed Academy of Business Conference.



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