Sustainability research cluster

About us

BCEF’s Sustainability cluster is a group of internationally excellent economists and accountants specialising in the research of sustainability. We take an inter-disciplinary approach and our research has a behavioural focus, developing and applying a range of theory to question received wisdom, and advance key sustainability debates. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are applied and our research can be grouped into the following themes:

  • Macro models for sustainable economies; 
  • Business models for sustainability; 
  • Pro-environmental consumer and producer behaviour; 
  • Corporate social responsibility; 
  • Wellbeing, culture and sustainability; 
  • Economic philosophy for sustainable economies;
  • Education for sustainable development.  

Research and engagement

Our work has been published in top quality journals such as Environment and Planning A; the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production; Ecological Economics, Nature Climate Change, Energy Policy and Journal of Economic Issues amongst others. 

We have worked on funded projects for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Economic and Social Research Council, The European Commission; Environment Agency; and The Cabinet Office, to name a few. 

We engage actively with government, think tanks and industry such as the Environment Agency; Office for National Statistics; the New Economics Foundation; the Waste and Resource Action Programme, the Green Alliance; Exeter Council; JRP Solutions; PwC; Business West; and the Future Economy Network amongst others.


Selected publications

  • Adelopo, I. and Yekini, K. C. (2018) On dimensions in corporate disclosure studies. Accounting Research Journal. [In Press]. 
  • Adelopo, I., Moure, R. C., Preciado, L. V. and Obalola, M. (2012) Determinants of web-accessibility of corporate social responsibility communications. Journal of Global Responsibility, 3 (2). pp. 235-247. 
  • Berger, S. (2015) K. William Kapp's social theory of social costs. History of Political Economy, 47 (S1). pp. 227-252. 
  • Berger, S. (2015) Poetic economics and experiential knowledge: How the economist K. William Kapp was inspired by the poet Ernst Wiechert. Journal of Economic Issues, 49 (3). pp. 730-748. ISSN 0021-3624 Available from:
  • Bhuiyan, M. F. and Ivlevs, A. (2018) Micro-entrepreneurship and subjective well-being: Evidence from rural Bangladesh. Journal of Business Venturing.
  • Bradley P (2019). Integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum: A case study analysis and sector wide survey of barriers. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209, 333-352.
  • Bradley, P. (2016) Environmental impacts of food retail: A framework method and case application. Journal of Cleaner Production, 113. pp. 153-166. 
  • Bradley, P., Coke, A. and Leach, M. (2016) Financial incentive approaches for reducing peak electricity demand, experience from pilot trials with a UK energy provider energy policy. Energy Policy, 98. pp. 108-120. 
  • Bradley, P., Druckman, A. and Jackson, T. (2013) The development of commercial local area resource and emissions modelling – navigating towards new perspectives and applications. Journal of Cleaner Production, 42. pp. 241-253. 
  • Bradley, P., Leach, M. and Torriti, J. (2013) A review of the costs and benefits of demand response for electricity in the UK. Energy Policy, 52. pp. 312-327. 
  • Campiglio, E., Dafermos, Y., Monnin, P., Ryan-Collins, J., Schotten, G. and Tanaka, M. (2018) Climate change challenges for central banks and financial regulators. Nature Climate Change, 8 (6). pp. 462-468. 
  • Cicmil, S., Gough, G. and Hills, S. (2017) Insights into responsible education for sustainable development: The case of UWE Bristol. International Journal of Management Education, 15 (2B). pp. 293-305.
  • Cicmil, S., Lindgren, M. and Packendorff, J. (2016) The project (management) discourse and its consequences: On vulnerability and un-sustainability in project-based work. New Technology, Work and Employment, 31 (1). pp. 58-76.
  • Dafermos, Y., Nikolaidi, M. and Galanis, G. (2018) Climate change, financial stability and monetary policy. Ecological Economics, 152. pp. 219-234. 
  • Dafermos, Y., Nikolaidi, M. and Galanis, G. (2017) A stock-flow-fund ecological macroeconomic model. Ecological Economics, 131. pp. 191-207. 
  • Druckman, A., Bradley, P., Papathanasopoulou, E. and Jackson, T. (2008) Measuring progress towards carbon reduction in the UK. Ecological Economics, 66 (4). pp. 594-604. 
  • Hinks, T., Devine, J. and Naveed, A. (2018) Happiness in Bangladesh: The role of religion and connectedness. Journal of Happiness Studies. ISSN 1389-4978 [In Press] Available from:
  • Hinks, T. (2012) Fractionalization and well-being: Evidence from a new South African data set. New Zealand Economic Papers, 46 (3). pp. 253-271. 
  • Hinks, T. (2008) The relationship between economic and subjective wellbeing indicators in Peru. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 4 (2). pp. 155-177.
  • Ivlevs, A. and Veliziotis, M. (2018) Local-level immigration and life satisfaction: The EU enlargement experience in England and Wales. Environment and Planning A, 50 (1). pp. 175-193.
  • Ivlevs, A. (2017) Adverse welfare shocks and pro-environmental behaviour: Evidence from the global economic crisis. Review of Income and Wealth.
  • Ivlevs, A. (2017) Happy hosts? International tourist arrivals and residents' subjective well-being in Europe. Journal of Travel Research, 56 (5). pp. 599-612.
  • Lever, J. and Smith, I. and University of Huddersfield, UNiversity of the West of England (2013) Learning to build sustainable communities: An interdependency network perspective. People, Place and Policy, 7 (3). pp. 113-126. 
  • Mearman, A. and Plumridge, A. (2012) How useful are the concepts green growth and green jobs? The Environmental Scientist, 21 (4). pp. 55-60.
  • Webber, D., Webber, G., Berger, S. and Bradley, P. (2017) Explaining productivity in a poor productivity region. Environment and Planning A, 50 (1). pp. 157-174. 
  • Smith, I. and Atkinson, R. (2011) Mobility and the smart, green and inclusive Europe. Local Economy, 26 (6-7). pp. 562-576.
  • Williams, K., Gupta, R., Hopkins, D., Gregg, M., Payne, C., Joynt, J., Smith, I. and Bates-Brkljac, N. (2013) Retrofitting England's suburbs to adapt to climate change. Building Research & Information, 41 (5). pp. 517-531. 
  • Williams, K., Joynt, J., Payne, C., Hopkins, D. and Smith, I. (2012) The conditions for, and challenges of, adapting England's suburbs for climate change. Building and Environment, 55. pp. 131-140.
  • Yekini, K., Adelopo, I., Wang, Y. and Song, S. (2018) Post-regulation effect on factors driving environmental disclosures amongst Chinese listed firms. Accounting Research Journal. 
  • Yekini, K. C., Adelopo, I. and Adegbite, E. (2017) The impact of community expectations on corporate community involvement disclosures in the UK. Accounting Forum, 41 (3). pp. 234-252. 
  • Obalola, M. and Adelopo, I. (2012) Measuring the perceived importance of ethics and social responsibility in financial services: A narrative-inductive approach. Social Responsibility Journal, 8 (3). pp. 418-432.

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