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Dr Rod Bain


Rod Bain

Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation

Post Nominals MusB(Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA
Biography Rod teaches and researches sustainability transitions and management. He made his way to a PhD in Management/ Sustainability Science by way of studying undergraduate Geography and Economics (not completed), Music (Manchester, 1999), and over a decade managing projects, firstly in the creative industries (highlights of which include producing the Edinburgh Festival Fireworks Concert for 8 years, and over 30 international concert tours with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra - notably including the first first multi-city Indian tour undertaken by a Western professional orchestra, collaborating with sarod guru Amjad Ali Khan), and later in the environmental and community energy sector. This inspired him to return to higher education, studying MSc Sustainable Development (St Andrews, 2011) and PhD (St Andrews, 2017).

Given this background it’s perhaps not surprising that he relishes interdisciplinary issues; throughout his academic career he has been fascinated by the theory and practice of sustainability transitions - how policy-makers and businesses are negotiating them, what future societies and businesses might look like, and how best to nourish the skills and knowledge sustainability practitioners need to lead the change.

He is especially curious about innovation, biodiversity governance, and creativity. Currently, he's exploring and writing about
(1) nature-based solutions and business strategy,
(2) ports and ocean governance, and
(3) environmental ethics, organisation, and post-growth political economy.

Currently, he is lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation at ABS, having earlier worked at the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh, Manchester, Strathclyde, Queen Margaret, and Uppsala. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business (Lancaster University, 2022-), and was previously an Honorary Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation (Manchester, 2020-2021) and Honorary Research Fellow in Management (St Andrews, 2017-2020).
Scopus Author ID 57190221578