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Stephen Brammer serves as Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath, having spent the first eleven years of his academic career at Bath before taking up senior positions at the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham in the UK, and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. An economist by training, Professor Brammer holds BA (Hons), MA, and PhD degrees in economics from the University of East Anglia.

Stephen is recognised globally for his research in the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate reputation, stakeholder management, and sustainability. His research focuses on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability with an emphasis on firm-stakeholder relationships, the strategic management of these, and corresponding impacts on organizational performance and reputation.

Collaborating with colleagues around the world, Professor Brammer’s most recent research projects examine: (i) organizational responsibilities and good practices in relation to supporting and enabling employees with long term health issues such as cancer and mental health conditions; (ii) influences on organizations’ socially harmful behaviours and how these can be mitigated, including corporate use of tax havens, adverse environmental impacts, and harmful labour practices; (iii) the nature and extent of management scholarship addressing “Grand Challenges”, and more generally the impacts of business research; and (iv) practices and impacts of CEO activism on organizational and societal responses to social and environmental issues.

Stephen has published in many leading management journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the British Journal of Management.

Stephen serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Business & Society and Business Ethics Quarterly, as well has serving as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management. Professor Brammer is a former President of the International Association of Business and Society, a leading scholarly society concerned with business ethics and corporate responsibility.

Professor Brammer is happy to supervise PhD students, and is keen to receive enquiries from students interested in pursuing doctoral research in areas of his expertise.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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