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Professor in Business & Sustainability

Department: York Business School
Location: York
Salary: £63,673 to £69,562 per annum
Closing Date: Wednesday 26 April 2023 at midnight
Interview Date: Monday 15 May 2023
Reference: 069-23

Full time, Permanent role

Introduction to York St John

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us. Central to our ambition is an absolute commitment to academic excellence. 

As one of the fastest growing universities in the U.K over recent years, we have a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset. 

The School

Over a period of significant change across the sector, York Business School has developed an in-depth range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with a focus on preparing students for professional careers.  Fundamental to our ethos is developing the individual and working closely with the business community to develop lasting partnerships, and further the impact of our research.    

There is a lively research culture in the School, with a commitment to both high quality academic research and wider societal impact. A large proportion of staff are research-active, with research projects under the broad field of sustainability engaging with issues of social justice, sustainable tourism and heritage development, sustainable transformation of the cultural industries, and rural business resilience. 

Research into sustainability by York Business School is strongly interdisciplinary with researchers active in the cross university Ecological Justice Research Group and Institute of Social Justice. A portfolio of research collaborations exists with colleagues in HEIs including York, Leeds, and London, with recent projects developed through UKRI grant success. YBS Visitor Economy and Experience Research Group projects also intersect with social justice issues and sustainability transformations. Group members have a national and international reputation, with an extensive publication record. The team consult with a range of organisations in the development of the region’s visitor economy and experience, tourism strategy and strategic planning. Group members have developed high impact work on the sustainable stewardship of York as a tourism destination through policy approaches that ensure spatial, social, political and economic justice.  

The appointed Professor of Sustainability and Business would be expected to substantially advance and expand existing research plans and opportunities for this group of energetic researchers.  

The Role

York Business School is seeking a Professor in Sustainability and Business to expand our research portfolio and develop research capacity through transformative leadership.  

Our ideal candidate will have expertise and a significant reputation in business management and sustainability challenges associated with social justice and climate change. 

With a strong track record of developing and sustaining partnerships with relevant research and industry organisations, the successful candidate will work alongside colleagues in the School to support research development, supervise PhD students, and mentor colleagues in the subject area. The successful candidate with have experience with relevant international research networks and the ability to build and nurture networks regionally, nationally and internationally, a track record of securing external research funding and the ability to initiate, lead and carry out major research and development projects is also required.  

Key Requirements

Commensurate with a professorship post, the successful candidate will have an outstanding track record of research related to sustainability and business management. The incumbent will be required to supervise PhD students and contribute towards the leadership of research in the School. Successful candidates will demonstrate recent publications and potential for future research at a high academic level within the subject area.  

For informal enquiries please contact

Dr Bob Gammie (Dean, York Business School) at or 01904 876796.  

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact  Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point  in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including - 

- Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period

- Pension scheme

- Health Cash Plan after one years' service

- Employee Assistance Programme

- Relocation expenses package for certain roles

We offer a range of family friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to support staff from different backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements. 

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Closing Date - Wednesday 26 April 2023 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date - Monday 15 May 2023

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