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Dr Lara Bianchi

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Ph.D. (Scuola Superiore SantAnna Pisa), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (Higher Education Academy)
Assistant Professor in Business and Society

Department: Strategy and International Business
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466135
Location: B09b (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Lara is a political scientist (BA, MA), with a PhD in Business Management, Competitiveness and Development.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in Business and Society at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and an expert at the Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence, researching meaningful engagement with marginalised stakeholders.

Lara is the Principal Investigator of a UKRI GCRF and an ESRC IAA projects on women's voice and agency in conflict-affected societies.
In 2022, she was awarded a Rising Star Public Engagement Award by the Institute for Policy and Engagement of the University of Nottingham.

Prior to joining Nottingham, she worked as the Programme Lead for the Business and Human Rights Catalyst at the Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester. There she collaborated with the UN Human Rights, drafting the scoping report of the OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project Phase III - "Non-State based non-judicial grievance mechanisms: an exploratory analysis".

During her doctoral programme, she was seconded to the II Committee of the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York in preparation for the Rio+20 Conference, where UN Member States launched the drafting process of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Areas of Expertise
Stakeholder Engagement; Business and Human Rights; Women's Rights; Dialogism; Responsible Business Conduct


The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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Lara has completed the full Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2022. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - FHEA.
Her teaching approach is research-informed and includes the development of inquiry skills for the achievement of meaningful learning on the role of business in society.

She currently convenes the Module Business, Human Rights and Sustainable Development (BUSI 2044, Level 2).
She is part of the teaching teams of the Business Ethics and Sustainability (BUSI 3182, Level 3) and Business Ethics (BUSI4021, MBA) Modules.

Lara is module convenor of the following module(s):


Business, Human Rights and Sustainable Development (BUSI2044)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Lara's ongoing research focuses on global governance dynamics and stakeholder engagement, using ethics and dialogism as her main theoretical lenses.

Her paper "Gender and governance of global value chains: Promoting the rights of women workers" was included in 2022 in the UN PRME Best Ten Works to Read on Gender Equality; and Best 10 List Business and Human Rights.

In 2020-2021, Lara was the Principal Investigator of a UKRI GCRF Project - 'I am my dignity': A Moral Capability Assessment Tool (MCAT) for women's rights in fragile contexts.

In 2021-2022 she led an ESRC IAA Project on Women rights and transformative engagement processes in conflict-affected societies.
Her Research Teams pioneered a ground breaking Engagement Tool that puts women's voice and agency at the centre of sustainable peace and development for all.

Between 2020 and 2021 Lara was a co-investigator in a research project on Sustainable Artisanal Mining in Kenya, led by Prof Muthuri.

In 2022, Lara was awarded a Rising Star Public Engagement award by the Institute for Policy and Engagement.
In 2019, she was awarded an Advance Research Fellowship by the Nottingham University Business School, which was instrumental in the success of her research proposals.
University Administrative Roles
Member of the Advisory and Advocacy Group - Research Culture Project, Part of the new Research Strategy 2022/27, Research & Knowledge Exchange UoN

School Administrative Roles
Senior Tutor (Training and Resources)
Early Career Academic (ECA) Representative, Research-, Research and Teaching-focus

School Committee Memberships
Early Career Academic Forum 2022 ECR Research Rep
Research & Knowledge Exchange Committee (Formerly RD) 2022
School Management Group 2022


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