Sustainability Governance Group


Joint Sustainability Governance Group (JSGG)

CBS Sustainability  +  Centre for Business & Development Studies
The governance-related subgroups from each Centre recognize their great degree of overlap in their respective but related disciplines.  Thus, the groups have chosen to merge into a joint group which aims to foster greater interdisciplinary, explore wider collaborations and ultimately facilitate world-class research. 


Maha Atal

Karin Buhmann

Sarah Castaldi

Sara Jespersen

Erin Leitheiser

Peter Lund Thomsen

Jeremy Moon

Luisa Murphy

Stefano Ponte

Andreas Rasche

Martin Skrydstrup

Lotte Thomsen

Steen Vallentin

Dieter Zinnbauer

The purpose of SGG is to nurture Sustainability Governance knowledge.  This is accomplished principally by developing and supporting research, publication and dissemination focused on the governance of sustainability in a variety of global contexts. These activities may extend to sustainability education, fundraising, as well as outreach and engagement with policy and practice.

Areas of expertise span a broad range of fields, yet JSGG’s shared interests lie at the intersection of the economic with the social and/or environmental.  Particular strengths include governance and sustainability as related to global value chains, corporate social responsibility (CSR), development, public and private regulation, human rights, power and justice, international business and the SDGs.  Within these topics, research explores different approaches to governance; tensions and trade-offs; impacts, both intended and unintended; differing perspectives and viewpoints; and multi-level impacts (micro-meso-macro) of governance and their interactions. 

By governance, we refer to how sustainability is governed and organized. This focus includes particular attention to:

  • The institutions and institutional contexts which shape sustainability governance (e.g. international governmental organizations, governments and private authorities of business and civil society, areas of limited statehood),
  • the normative foundations of sustainability governance (power dynamics, societal morals, organisational ethics, legal norms, principles of justice, inequality)
  • to the mechanisms that they deploy (e.g. rules, incentives, standards, principles, ‘smart-mix’ regulation, technological solutions)

By sustainability we refer to economic, environmental and social criteria of well-being and justice. The SDGs provide a broad thematic framework, and JSGG has a particular emphasis on three goals:

SDG 12 SDG 16 SDG 17

JSGG interests often explore the goals through a lens of well-being, power relations and interactions, inequalities, societal norms, and other analytical – and sometimes critical – perspectives. 

Significant overlap and synergies between the research and researchers member to CBS Sustainability and CBDS led to the formation of the JSGG.  The origins of the JSGG lie in the Governing Responsible Business CBS World Class Research Environment and the VELUX Chair of Corporate Sustainability, both of which operated between 2014 and 2019.

Private Authority & Public Policy; Global Value Chains; MSIs, Partnerships, Standards; Regulation; Corporate Citizenship; Political CSR; Sustainability; Sustainable Development Goals; Sustainable Development; Global Production Networks; International Supply Chains & International Trade; Human Rights; Gender; Labour; Environment; Tax & Finance; Anti-corruption; International Business

Paper development workshops (PDW): traditional paper presentations with discussion and feedback (members or visitors)

  • Early research ideas incubator: opportunity to present research concepts or early paper ideas for feedback and development
  • External funding application workshops: help develop and provide feedback on applications for external funding
  • Show-and-tell: researchers give a brief presentation (15 min) about their research to help foster better understanding of each other’s work as well as possible areas of connection
  • Quarterly lunches: informal and unstructured lunch gatherings to provide updates on research, introduce of new members & visitors, and generally foster connection between researchers.
  • Collective projects: members will discuss and determine joint projects to work on as a group which will help advance the research agenda (e.g. publishing an edited volume of research in the area)  
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