Hello, my name is Alex Hope.
I am currently Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Associate Professor of Business Ethics in the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria Universtity in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Alongside this I also work as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, I am Vice-Chair of the UK and Ireland United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) chapter, and Co-chair of the UN PRME Climate Change working group.
Before entering the world of academia I had a rather eclectic mix of jobs. I have managed pubs, installed industrial shelving in warehouses, been a power-press operator for a roofing manufacturer, worked as a DJ and last but not least, a long spell as a retail manager in a large high street music store chain.
I put an end to this strange meandering career path on my 30th birthday and re-entered education. I had 5 GSCEs to my name – basic high school qualifications, but seven years later I had completed a BSc in Environmental Management, a PhD in Sustainable Development and a Masters in Academic Practice. As as result I am a strong advocate of the opportunities that education can provide – at any point in a persons life.
My main research interests focus on sustainability, responsible business, business ethics, and responsible management education. I teach these topics to students at all levels of study from undergraduate, through masters and MBA and supervise PhD and DBA students.
I intend to use this space as a sounding board for my ideas, as well as communicating my research to a wider audience than is afforded by the usual academic publishing outlets. I will also be discussing my experiences as an academic working my way up from lowly PhD student to senior manager and associate professor and giving my thoughts an opinions on the state of higher education in the UK and beyond.
I will mainly be blogging about sustainability, responsible business and higher education but also the trials and tribulations of working in academia and the use of technology and social media in learning and teaching. If that is your kind of thing, please have a look around and let me know what you think – comments are always welcome and debate encouraged!