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Dr Niamh O‘Sullivan

BA (Univeristy College Cork), MA (University College Cork), PhD (Unviersity of Amsterdam Business School)
Assistant Professor in CSR/Sustainable Business/Business Ethics

Division: Strategy and International Business
Centre/Institute: International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
E-mail: Niamh.O'Sullivan@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467414
Location: B07 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Niamh acts as a new Assistant Professor in Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility/Business Ethics, in the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR). She joins ICCSR with over 15 years' experience in the inter-governmental, academic and practice spheres related to sustainable development, CSR, sustainability reporting, sustainable finance and responsible investment.

Niamh most recently worked for two years (2014-2016) as an Associate Analyst with Sustainalytics, a responsible investment research firm, headquartered in Amsterdam; where she managed Sustainalytics Academic Programme, led a seminal research project on responsible investment engagement processes, and co-authored Sustainalytics' sector reports.

Niamh completed a PhD (cum laude) and post-doctorate in The University of Amsterdam Business School, where she (inter alia) taught an MSc course on "Sustainability, Accountability and Ethics", as well as a specialised MBA elective course on sustainable finance. Her PhD and post doctorate research won a series of academic and practice awards, including the 2010 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research Category; and the French Social Investment Forum (SIF) Best Published Article Award 2010.

Her research has been published in Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Accounting, Accountability and Auditing Journal.

Before her PhD, Niamh also spent four and a half years (2001-2005) with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in Geneva, Switzerland. Here, she acted as project manager for the UNEP FI African Task Force, and the UNEP FI- GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Financial Services Sector Supplement Working Group.

Administrative Roles
TUNIC Link Tutor
I am module convenor of the following modules:


MSc

Evaluating Sustainability (N14B61)


Details of all modules can be found in the Module Catalogue


External Exminerships & Validations
2013 - 2013    Recipient of Dutch higher education teaching certificate (BKO)
2012 - 2013    Voted one of top three MSc lecturers in Accountancy & Control (A&C) in the Amsterdam Business School MSc in A&C student poll
Current Research Activities
Niamh's current research interests span the broad intersection between social and environmental accountability, sustainable finance – in particular responsible investment engagement processes – institutional theory and valuation studies. She adopts a qualitative approach to her research.

International Collaborations, Organisation & Contributions
2016 - Ongoing    Academic research partner for Sustainalytics (responsible investment research firm)
2016 - Ongoing    Part of a research team commissioned by Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for a project on environmental, social and governance (ESG) engagement processes
2007 - 2010    Recipient: KPMG Netherlands PhD Research Funding Awards
2010 - 2010    Winner: Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research Category.
2010 - 2010    Winner: French Social Investment Forum (SIF) Best Published Article Award
2009 - 2009    High Commendation: Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal Mary Parker Follett Outstanding Paper Award.
2007 - 2007    Finalist: Aspen Institute Business & Society Programme Dissertation Proposal Awards
 

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

O'Sullivan, N. and O'Dwyer, B. (2015), "The structuration of issue-based fields: Social accountability, social movements and the Equator Principles issue-based field", Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol.43, 33-55.

O'Sullivan, N; O'Dwyer, B. (2009), "Stakeholder perspectives on a financial sector legitimation process: The case of NGOs and the Equator Principles", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol.22 (4), pp. 553-587.



Chapters in Books

O'Sullivan, N. (2015), "The Global Reporting Initiative guidelines and external assurance of investment bank sustainability reports: Effective tools for financial sector social accountability", in Responsible Investment Banking - Risk Management Frameworks and Soft Law Standards, Springer International.

Coulson, A. and O'Sullivan, N. 2014, "Environmental and social assessment in finance", in Sustainability Accounting and Accountability, Routledge.



Conferences

O'Sullivan, N. 2014, "The Structuration of issue-based fields: Social accountability, social movements and the Equator Principles issue-based field", in European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Rotterdam, Netherlands..

O'Sullivan, N. 2013, "The Equator Principles institution: The work of bridging macro and micro levels", in European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Montreal, Canada.

O'Sullivan, N. 2013, "Institutional entrepreneurship in an issue-based field: The effects of social movements on the struturation of the Equator Principles field.", in Alternative Accounts Conference, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada..

O'Sullivan, N. 2013, "Workshop on Sustainable Development in the Pacific.", in St Andrews University, St Andrews, Scotland..

O'Sullivan, N. 2012, "Social Accountability and the Finance Sector: The Equator Principles Institutionalisation Process", in Bordeaux Management School (BEM) Seminar Series, Bordeaux, France.

O'Sullivan, N. 2009, "Social Accountability and the Finance Sector: The Institutioanlisation of the Equator Principles?", in KPMG Netherlands PhD Seminar, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

O'Sullivan, N. 2008, "Social Accountability and the Finance Sector: The Institutionalisation of the Equator Principles?".

O'Sullivan, N. 2008, "Social Accountability and the Finance Sector: the Institutionalisation of the Equator Principals", in The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

O'Sullivan, N; O'Dwyer, B. 2007, "Stakeholder perspectives on a financial sector legitimation process: NGOs and the Equator Principles", in Aisa Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APRIA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand..



Book Reviews

O'Sullivan, N. 2011, "Good Cop Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies towards Business, by Thomas, E. and Lyon, P.", in Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 105.

 

 

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