Leeds faculty advance thought leadership in CESR’s three focus areas: 1) Business solutions to environmental challenges; 2) Diversity, equity and inclusion; and 3) Ethical leadership. Through original research, they are helping define best practices, and influence business and policy conversations, in critically important areas related to environmental sustainability, social impact and governance (ESG).

To read more about their work and impact, please see our Faculty Thought Leadership articles.

CESR Research Grants & Awards

Each year, CESR recognizes Leeds faculty for research that has already been published with two awards: Best Paper and Highest Impact Paper. In addition, CESR names faculty for the CESR Research Fellowship grant to support ongoing research projects.

Award winning papers focus on issues that are timely, impactful and critically important to sustainability. These works not only are cited and used, but also change the way people think and work.

Best Paper Award

  • 2021: Emily Gallagher, Let the Rich Be Flooded: The Distribution of Financial Aid and Distress after Hurricane Harvey, Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming
  • 2022: Andrea Pawliczek, Nikki Skinner, and Laura Wellman, A New Take on Voice: The Influence of BlackRock’s ‘Dear CEO’ letters, Review of Accounting Studies, 2021, vol. 26, issue 3, No 8, 1088-1136

Highest Impact Paper Award

  • 2021: David Drake, Kicking Ash: Who (or What) is Winning the “War on Coal”?, Production and Operations Management, Volume30, Issue7, July 2021, Pages 2162-2187
  • 2022: Gloria Urrea and Eunae Yoo, The Role of Volunteer Experience on Performance on Online Volunteering Platforms, February 2021

CESR Research Fellowship Grants 2021

  • Sabrina D Volpone, Am I Committed to Addressing Racism? It May Depend on If My Organization Is Sincere about Racial Justice
  • Joshua Steven Nunziato, The Risks and Rewards of Serotonergic Psychedelics for the Ethical Formation of Business Leaders
  • Tony Cookson, Love, Politics, and Money: The Consequences of Intra-Family Partisan Disagreement
  • Asaf Bernstein, Wealth Inequality: The Role of the “Mortgage Piggy Bank”
  • Jonathan Rogers, Socially Responsible Investors and Firm Political Contributions  

CESR Research Fellowship Grants 2022

  • Tony Cookson, Emily Gallagher, and Indeesh Mukhopadhyay Person-to-Person Giving and Inequalities in Post-Disaster Recoveries
  • Eric Alston and Ryan Lewis, Making Water Markets More Liquid? – Institutional Resilience to Weather Shocks
  • Sabrina Volpone, Exploring the Use of Identity Management during the Grief Process in Employees Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss

Faculty Thought Leadership in CESR Focus Areas

Journal of Institutional Economics
The Chronic Uncertainty of American Indian Property Rights

Jan. 7, 2021

Institutions are the stuff of social and economic life. The importance of understanding the role of institutions in economic growth is now widely appreciated. The Journal of Institutional Economics is devoted to the study of the nature, role and evolution of institutions in the economy, including firms, states, markets, money,...

Management in Engineering
Gendered Knowledge Accessibility: Evaluating the Role of Gender in Knowledge Seeking among Engineers in the US

Sept. 30, 2020

Women are heavily underrepresented in engineering companies. Gender issues arise in daily interactions where employees may not seek knowledge from others when they need it, even if they know who possesses the knowledge, because they may find the knowledge holder difficult to access. In this research, drawing upon social role...