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Dr Liz Cooper

Last modified: April 23, 2024
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ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Heriot-Watt University


The sector(s) I work in: Academic

Professional qualifications:

PhD in Psychology, University of Edinburgh; MSc Business and Community, University of Bath. Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland.




About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

Heriot-Watt University

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I have worked for extensively on challenges of sustainable production and consumption, approaching the issues from different roles in different sectors. I worked for local non-governmental organisations in Senegal and India on value chain development and certification projects. I worked as a Research and Policy Manager focused on sustainable supply chains and procurement in higher education institutions. I now research decision-making and influencing within organisations in terms of how sustainability factors are prioritised, using a discursive psychology approach.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

– sustainable production and consumption
– sustainable business
– sustainable product development
– sustainable procurement
– discursive psychology
– qualitative research
– social influence
– decision-making
– responsibility in organisations


Constructing accounts of decision-making in sustainable design: A discursive psychology analysis. Design Studies.

Role Morality Discrepancy and Ethical Purchasing: Exploring Felt Responsibility in Professional and Personal Contexts. Business and Society.

A Holistic Approach to Embedding Social Responsibility and Sustainability in a University—Fostering Collaboration Between Researchers, Students and Operations. Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research.

Determining How to Invest More Responsibly as an Institution: A case study at the University of Edinburgh. The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment.

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