Bob specialises in research on hybrid organisations namely the marketing and management aspects of fair trade organisations and social enterprises. Recently his research interests have developed to look at resilience in food systems. Bob is a member of the organising committees for both the International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) and the International Fair Trade Symposium (FTIS) and has chaired and hosted both these conferences in recent times. For the past eight years he has been editor of the Emerald publishers Social Enterprise Journal and is also editorial board member of the Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal (Wiley Publishers). Bob is also a regular reviewer for the Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Management Reviews and Organization Studies. Prior to moving into academia Bob spent nearly five years as Head of Sales and Marketing at the Fairtrade social enterprise, Divine Chocolate Ltd.
Bob is the N8 AgriFood Chair for the University of York and Director of the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub. He is also principal investigator on a large four year interdisciplinary research programme (£3.4 million) awarded in 2016 on food systems resilience titled IKnowFood. He is seconded as a policy fellow into the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on a science research programme launched to inform Defra policy making.
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