Postdoctoral Scholar in Corporate Social Responsibility / Sustainability at Oregon State University
Sustainability sells. So, corporations tend to exaggerate the positive social and environmental attributes of their products to gain a competitive advantage. This phenomenon of "greenwashing" is well known but has seldom been studied at the inter-industry level. Sometimes, entire industries coordinate efforts to position their products and services as greener than those of a competing industry. The wood industry and the concrete industry are amid such a war of virtues in the building sector, which contributes to about 40% of global CO2 emissions. Arguments about environmental benefits abound on both the wood and the concrete side.
I seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher for a two-year appointment to utilize this context to gain novel insight into how competing sustainability narratives emerge, sustain, and evolve amidst inter-industry competition. Candidates with disciplinary expertise in such wide-ranging fields as corporate social responsibility, corporate sustainability, organization studies, sustainability and environmental sciences, industrial ecology, circular economy, environmental laws, sustainable buildings, sustainable built environment, life-cycle analyses, macro-economic, and social-ecological systems modelling are welcome to apply. Regardless of their expertise, the ideal candidate will have the motivation to address audacious questions critical to embed scientifically informed sustainability practices among private sector companies.
The chosen candidate will work with me and be placed in an inter-disciplinary environment of the Forest Ecosystems & Society department at Oregon State University where we develop leading-edge interventions for sustainability and sustainable management of natural resources. Oregon State University is classified as "R-1: very high research activity institution" and is located in Corvallis.
Applicants should have strong skills in conceptualizing, developing, and executing qualitative, quantitative, or conceptual research at micro, organizational, or macro levels.
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Rajat Panwar, PhD
Associate Professor (Sustainable Business)
College of Forestry | Oregon State University | Corvallis, OR | USA 97331
Associate Editor, Business & Society