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Two PhD Positions in the Governance of Natural Resources and Sustainability for a Just and Fair Energy Transition | Copenhagen Business School

Two PhD positions in the governance of natural resources and sustainability for a just and fair energy transition, at the Department of Management, Society and Communication at Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for two PhD positions in governance of natural resources and sustainability for a just and fair energy transition at the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC).

Both PhD positions (project A and project B) form part of work packages under the research project ‘Frontiers of natural resource and sustainability governance for a just energy transition’ (FRONTIERS).

At an overall level, FRONTIERS aims to advance knowledge for a just and fair transition, which involves and respects those (such as communities or individuals) who are at risk or in practice adversely affected by mining of minerals for the green transition. Comprising four complementary work packages and a focus on land-based and potential deep-sea mining as a field of natural resource exploration, we will explore effects of risk-based due diligence demands for the industry; industry and investors practices; and potentially complementary normative ideas related to the rights of nature. Ultimately, the project seeks to develop insights that may support a comprehensive assessment of eco-system impacts as an aspect of risk-based due diligence for mining of minerals for the transition and investments in the industry and the value chain, including the solar and wind power and energy storage industries. Some fieldwork in mining countries and/or with relevant industries is envisaged. Please see for details.

The central objective of PhD project A is to explore and advance our understanding of the effects of legal requirements on risk-based due diligence in value chains and non-financial reporting (disclosure) with regard to transition minerals mining. As part of this, the project should explore what factors, including in legal demands and organisational practices, are conducive to adequately identifying and preventing social, environmental and wider eco-system harm or risks, including in multi-tier supply chains in complex settings for environmental and social impacts. Research can, for example, address:

  • An exploration of policy objectives in home or host countries for mining industry and in the European Union (EU) in regard to processes for companies to identify risks or actual societal harm and manage such risks or harm;
  • An exploration or mapping of legislative texts from selected countries and administrative guidance on risk-based due diligence related to social, environmental and wider eco-system risks and harm related to the mining industry and its green energy value chains;
  • An exploration of company needs and preferences for risk-based due diligence demands from governments and the private sector (including investors) for impact assessments of societal risks;
  • An exploration of risk-based due diligence uptake in one or more companies in the mining industry and/or green energy companies, and cascading of due diligence along the value chain;
  • Lessons that may be learnt or passed on from due diligence and responsible business conduct in land-based mining towards deep-sea mining.

The central objective of PhD project B is to explore and advance our understanding of how institutional investors apply risk-based due diligence for human rights and the environment in decisions on investment in companies involved in extracting minerals relevant for the energy transition and the supply chains for such minerals. As part of this, the project should explore how institutional investors seek to shape practices in the investment chain for land-based transition minerals and potential expansion into the deep seas to identify and prevent social, environmental and wider eco-system risks and harm.

Research can, for example, address:

  • how institutional investors apply risk-based due diligence demands to understand about risks of or actual societal harm related to their investments in the transition mining industry
  • how institutional investors seek to shape the investment chain’s conduct in order to prevent and manage harmful societal impacts, including through impact assessments and deployment of their influence/leverage;
  • how institutional investors seek to advance cascading of risk-based due diligence awareness and practices along mining value chains;
  • how institutional investors apply due diligence demands to ensure that affected stakeholders who host or live near transition minerals mines are meaningfully engaged in decision-making on the mining:
  • In regard to assessment of societal impacts and deployment of risk-based due diligence, what lessons may be learnt or passed on from institutional investors’ practices in regard to land-based mining towards deep-sea mining, including for comprehensive impact assessment.

PhD project B is expected to be undertaken in close collaboration with at least one Danish institutional investor with a leading role in risk-based due diligence and sustainable investing.

Stanford Seed Transformation Program is Accepting Applications

Stanford Seed is looking for high-potential CEOs/founders of established companies with annual revenues between USD $300k-$15M who are motivated for growth and based in Africa, Indonesia, or South Asia to participate in the 2025 Seed Transformation Program. This 10-month program combines in-person and online learning experiences tailored for business leaders along with their management teams, to identify growth opportunities and formulate actionable plans to revolutionize their businesses. Apply by 15 May.


Program Fee and Scholarships

  • Indonesia: US $6,000
  • Africa: US $9,500
  • South Asia: INR 8,00,000

Thanks to the generosity of founding donors Robert “Bob” King (MBA ’60) and Dorothy “Dottie” King, and many others, this program is offered to you at a fraction of its actual cost. In Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, the cost of the program has been subsidized in part by the De Beers Group.

In addition, scholarships are available to smaller enterprises, women founders, and social entrepreneurs. Scholarship applications will be provided upon request to applicants who advance to the interview stage.


  • CEO/Founder of a for-profit business with revenue between US $300K – $15M
  • Primary operations based in Africa, South Asia or Indonesia
  • Have a management team of at least two people in addition to the CEO or founder
  • Applicants from most industries are eligible

Program Schedule & Commitment

10 Months | January – November 2025 | Blend of in-person and online


2x week-long classroom sessions for CEOs/Founders

Week one: 19–24 January in Nairobi, Kenya
Week two: 9–13 June in Accra, Ghana

Week one: 19–24 January in Chennai, India
Week two: 9–13 June in Chennai, India

Week one: 19–24 January in Jakarta and/or Bali, Indonesia
Week two: 9–13 June in Jakarta and/or Bali, Indonesia

2x full-day workshops held at your company with you, your Seed Business Advisor, and management team (dates tbd)


5–8 hours/week for CEOs/Founders
2–4 hours/week for management team

CEOs/Founders Receive a Stanford GSB Certificate

Company Receives a Certificate of Participation

Innova Europe 2024: Renewing the Challenge for Sustainability

Following the success of the first edition, Innova Europe 2024 kicks off, calling students and alumni from major European business schools to identify innovative ideas and projects within the framework of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under the banner “Welcome to INNOVA Europe: Shaping tomorrow’s solutions today!”  the competition was one of the standout initiatives of 2023, so much so that at the recent AMBA and BGA Excellence Awards, among the awards celebrating excellence in the business school ecosystem, it was “highly commended”.

Innova Europe’s Growth: from Three to Ten Business Schools involved

Building on these results, the lineup of business schools participating in Innova Europe has expanded from three to ten Business School involved: so alongside POLIMI Graduate School of Management our school, which led the way last year, and together with EDHEC Business School (Lille, Nice, and Paris), ESMT Berlin, we now have Aalto University School of Business (Helsinki)IE Business School (Madrid)Imperial College Business School (London)Kozminski University (Warsaw)KSE Graduate Business School (Kyiv)Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and UCD Smurfit School (Dublin). This year, the role of standard bearer falls to ESMT. The first round of the competition is a national phase, so for Italian students it will take place at our campus.

Prizes and Opportunities: from an Idea to a Concrete Project

Every winner of the national phase will be guided by their mentor to face the challenge in September against winners from other countries. The final will take place in Paris at Station F, the renowned French incubator. In addition to an Idea Stage, there is an MVP Stage with a winning prize of €20,000 and the opportunity to be mentored at a prestigious business incubator.

Sustainability is an International Challenge

Innova Europe represents a unique opportunity to transform ideas into concrete projects, actively contributing to a sustainable future. This challenge goes beyond individual entities; sustainability is a theme that concerns everyone. Therefore, it is even more significant that the challenge involves business schools from many countries. Not only does it facilitate a stimulating international exchange of ideas, but it also provides the chance to see the winning idea transformed into a tangible reality.
It’s an unmissable opportunity for those who aspire to shape the future through innovative and sustainable solutions.
Register now at Innova Europe and contribute to shaping tomorrow with your revolutionary ideas. The challenge is open, and the future is waiting to be written by brilliant minds like yours!

Rearchitecting the Financial System | Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship

The “Rearchitecting the Financial System” online course created by CFTE and Elevandi Education on the occasion of the Singapore Fintech Festival 2023, offers an insider view into the global transformations in the financial system.

Taught by the world-class speakers of Singapore Fintech Festival 2023, the course explores the key drivers behind the transformation of finance by addressing the topics such as digital infrastructure, payments, digital money and platforms for SMEs. Led by Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer of MAS and Chairman of Elevandi, the programme combines expert industry insights, breakdown of real-world case studies, structured knowledge and curated panels of the Singapore Fintech Festival 2023.

The course is designed to upskill thousands of finance professionals, policy-makers and entrepreneurs on how finance is being transformed and  aims to impact more than 5000 participants by2024.

Register for the course now for USD 40. Students. policymakers, and educators may enjoy a concessionary rate of USD 20. For a more detailed course description and additional information, visit the programs’s dedicated page below. Please feel free to use the unique coupon code, RFS20Partners for a 20% discount. For the special GBSN member discount of 50% off, please email Julianna LaBelle, at

Global Academy – Insper

The Global Academy is an Insper’s portfolio of short-term courses designed for undergraduate students from Brazilian and international institutions with relevant topics in entrepreneurship, innovation, ESG, and technology, among others. In 2024 it will be the second edition of the program. Insper’s short-term program offers an enriching academic experience that equips you for new challenges and opportunities in Brazil and overseas.

Classes are intensive, full-time, taught in English, and with a minimum of 40 hours of contact per course. As a credit-bearing program, students can have equivalences for elective courses at Insper or as per the policies of their respective educational institutions.

During the program, students will visit companies and institutions to enhance their market knowledge and participate in extracurricular activities that foster international experience and sociocultural awareness.


Students must be attending an undergraduate program. In addition, be at least 18 years old, over the age of majority in Brazil, and submit their university enrollment certificate.

To access more information on dates, fees and program details, go to the page for each course.

For further questions, please contact us through the email:

International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition – Loyola Marymount University

The 2024 International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition (IBESCC) will be a hybrid competition held online and on the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) campus during the week of April 8-12.

Teams of 3-5 students, graduate or undergraduate, compete in 3 competitions during the event: 

  • The 25 Minute Competition, in which teams will present their chosen business problem, an analysis of the ethical, sustainable, legal and financial aspects of a problem, and a viable solution on all fronts.
  • The 10 Minute Competition, in which teams will incorporate the suggestions from judges during the 25-minute presentation to give a 10-minute presentation expanding on the ethical aspect of the problem.
  • The 90 Second Competition, in which teams will give an elevator pitch explaining the importance of the sustainability component of the problem.

The online divisions will compete on April 8 and 9. IBESCC staff will work with each team to find a presentation time, accommodating schedules in different time zones. The in-person competition will convene April 10-12 in Los Angeles on the LMU campus. The winners for all divisions will be announced on the evening of Friday, April 12 at the Awards Ceremony, which will be live-streamed.

Registration for graduate and undergraduate teams is open until February 19, 2024.

Registration information and fees can be found on the 2024 Registration and Deadlines page. More details about the competition can be found in the Competition Overview and Additional Information pages.

If you have questions or would like to request financial aid to reduce or waive the registration fee, please contact us at or call Chiray Koo at (213)-268-0789.

Human Resources and Talent Management of Korean Companies – Loyola Marymount University

The Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) South Korea program is a joint collaboration between Loyola Marymount University and Florida International University. The program is designed for educators interested in developing a greater understanding of doing business in Korea and exploring how Korean companies such as Samsung, Hyundai, LG, SK and Lotte have emerged as global competitors. 

This program focuses on learning the key factors driving talent management of Korean companies to enhance local as well as global competitiveness. Participants will gain firsthand experience about how South Korea has grown into a trillion-dollar-club economy that ranks the 10th largest in the world and has become a global innovation leader known as the “Miracle of the Han River.” Participants will visit top multinational companies, providing them with an opportunity to interact with executives and senior managers to discuss the intricacies of Korean management. In addition, participants will tour and visit historical sites for cultural experiences. Attendees will also listen to special lectures delivered by local scholars and network with other faculty to explore collaborative curriculum development and research interests.

A $4,000 program fee will cover hotel accommodations (based on single occupancy) with daily breakfast, ground transportation for activities, entry to cultural sites, business visits, and some meals. International airfare is not included.

Program Fee: $4000

Covers hotel accommodations (based on single occupancy) with daily breakfast, ground transportation for activities, entry to cultural sites, business visits, and some meals. International airfare is not included.
Scholarships available, apply below.

Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2024

Positive Impact Rating 2024 is LIVE NOW!

What is the Positive Impact Rating?

The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) evaluates business schools based on their societal impact and commitment to continuous improvement. Unlike traditional rankings, PIR emphasizes purpose-driven education, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By joining, schools gain a competitive edge, showcasing their commitment to sustainability and societal impact, and attracting purpose-driven students and partners.

Why Join the Positive Impact:

Showcase Your School

PIR is the only global rating that highlights business schools committed to societal impact and providing a 21st-century education that prepares students for global challenges. More Information

Strengthen Your Accreditation

Many schools utilize PIR’s data to enhance their accreditation reports for organizations like AACSB, EQUIS, and UN PRME. More Information

Support Your Change Process

The rating incorporates student feedback on your school’s societal impact, offering valuable insights for your internal change initiatives. More Information

Compare and Improve

PIR’s Dashboard features downloadable reports and visualized data, allowing you to compare your school’s performance with others and identify areas for improvement. More Information

Partners & Endorsers

IPADE Business School: Shaping Future Leaders in Mexico – GBSN member schools graduates’ opportunity:  Join our Faculty!


  • Strong academic background
  • Interested in studying a PhD program
  • Teaching vocation and interest in research
  • Preferably able to speak Spanish or willing to learn it
  • Strong written and oral communication skills


  • Master’s degree
  • Studies related to the academic departments


  • Teaching and academic research and management duties
  • Academic research
  • Management activities

International Summer University WU – High potential scholarship for students from emerging countries

WU offers scholarships for the summer program ISUWU. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for these scholarship during the application process, if they meet the respective criteria.

The ISUWU scholarship is intended to support the participation of students from selected countries. For the ISUWU 2024, WU provides a maximum of ten scholarship positions.

Amount of the ISUWU Scholarship

The ISU WU program fee will be waived for students selected for an ISU WU scholarship. In addition, selected students will receive a travel and accommodation grant of EUR 1000 upon their arrival in Vienna.

Application requirements

High potential scholarship for students from emerging countries

You are eligible for this scholarship if you are actively enrolled in business administration or related fields at a university in emerging countries (i.e. countries with low or lower-middle income). For a full list of countries, see here. An excellent academic performance (GPA) and active student engagement are prerequisites for the scholarship.

Scholarship for students from Ukraine

You are eligible for this scholarship if you are actively enrolled in business administration or related fields at a Ukrainian university. An excellent academic performance (GPA) and active student engagement are prerequisites for the scholarship.

Please note that due to potential exit restrictions in Ukraine, it might not be possible for male students to leave the country and therefore attend the ISUWU.

Application process and documents

You can apply for the ISUWU scholarship during the regular ISUWU application period in our online application system.

To apply for a scholarship, please upload the following documents:

  • Application letter: please explain why you are particularly deserving of an ISUWU scholarship, how the scholarship can contribute to your academic success and why it is important for your studies (1 page max.)
  • Confirmation of enrollment in business administration or related fields

Please note that you can only be selected for an ISUWU scholarship if you also fulfil the general admission criteria for the ISU WU. For general ISUWU application information, see the section Application & Admission.

Please note:

  • The ISUWU scholarship is non-recurring, i.e. students may only participate in the ISUWU once at this special rate.
  • In order to receive the ISU WU scholarship, students will have to declare that they do not have sufficient financial means and will not receive financial support from other sources to cover the costs of stay during the International Summer University WU. 

Dates & Deadlines

Application period: February 15 – March 31, 2024

Nomination deadline: March 15, 2024

July session: July 1 – July 19, 2024

August session: July 22 – August 9, 2024


Guidelines and data protection

Language requirements