Josephine Mylan

Josephine Mylan

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Overview

Jo Mylan is Senior Lecturer in Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School. She is affilated to both the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), where she is a member of the managment team, and the Manchester Institute for Innovation Research  (MIoIR).

My research engages with questions of how societies can transition to less resource intensive ways of meeting everyday needs, with interests in:

  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Low carbon transitions
  • Firm and industry responses to environmental problems
  • The relationship between innovation and consumption
  • The co-evolution of technology and cultural conventions

Conceptually, I use ideas from:   

  • Economic sociology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Organisational and institutional field theories
  • Social practice theory
  • Sustainability transition frameworks 

 Empirically, I study:  

  • Everyday, mundane activities and products     

 

 

 

 

Research interests

My research engages with questions of how societies can transition to less resource intensive ways of meeting people's needs, with interests in:

  • Sustainable consumption and production

  • Low-carbon transitions

  • Firm and industry responses to environmental problems

  • The relationship between innovation and consumption

  • Coevolution of technology and cultural conventions

Conceptually, I use ideas from:   

  • Science and technology studies

  • Economic sociology

  • Organisational and institutional field theories

  • Social practice theory

  • Sustainability transitions frameworks

Empirically, I study:       

  • Everyday, mundane activities and products

Teaching

I am Course Convenor for: 

BMAN31942 Sustainable Business in Society, a third year undergraduate elective on BSc Management programme

BMAN70372 Innovating for Sustainability, an elective on the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship programme 

I have previously developed and taught: 

UCIL21401 Innovation for a Sustainable Society, a cross-faculty undergraduate elective delivered through the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning 

MBSW60747 Sustainable Business, an elective on the Global MBA at Alliance Manchester Business School 

MBSW60107 Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business, an elective for the Global and Fulltime MBA

BMAN31941 Advanced Sustainability, a third year undergraduate elective at Alliance Manchester Business School 

Current PhD supervision 

Anowysha Dash 'Developing the circular economy for social-ecological resilience: A focus on micro food processing enterprises in Odisha' (with Dr Maria Sharmina)

Usman Aziz 'Hidden in Plain Sight: An exploration of the foundational economy in the context of grand challeges and regional sustainability policy' (with Prof Elvira Uyarra)

John Andrew 'Food System Transitions: The political economy of an emerging plant-based food regime' (with Prof Mat Paterson)

Past PhD supervision:  

Malte Rödl ‘The Evolution of ‘Meat Analogues’: a comparative analysis of the interconnectedness of changing consumption and production practices’ Alliance Manchester Business School (with Prof. Frank Boons)

Steffen Hirth ‘Relational Geographies of Food: Mapping the reconfiguring of ‘normal food’ in the context of animal products, sustainability and responsibility’ School of Social Sciences (with Prof. Alan Warde)

Nikolaus Eichman 'Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Urban Food Production' (with Dr Mike Hodson)

Biography

Before becoming Lecturer I  held positions as Research Fellow and Research Associate, at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, and the Manchester Insitute of Innovation Research at Alliance Manchester Business School. 

I completed an ESRC funded (1+3) PhD at the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC), under the supervision of Dr Sally Randles and Professor Alan Warde. My thesis, entitled ‘Environmental Consultancy in Contaminated Land Remediation: Profession, Markets and Ecological Modernisation’, was a study of the emergence and mobilisation of environmental knowledge in land regeneration.

I hold a First Class BSc(hons) in Environmental Science (2002), MEnt Environmental Innovation (2003) and MSc Sociological Research (2005) all awarded by The University of Manchester.  

I have been on two periods of parental leave, November 2018-19 and July 2022-23. I have worked part time (60%) since 2019 to enable me to spend as much time as possible with my beautiful children. 

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute

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