Winter Park Institute

Jacob Park

Scholar and associate professor of business strategy and sustainability

Highlights
Jacob Park: Reconfiguring Place, Identity, and Citizenship in an Era of Global Economic and Environmental Insecurity

Event Details

Jacob Park specializes in the teaching and research of global environment and business strategy, corporate social responsibility, and community-based entrepreneurship and social innovation with a special expertise/interest in Japan, China, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaker Bio

Jacob Park is the Winter Park Institute scholar in residence at Rollins College and associate professor of business strategy and sustainability at Green Mountain College in Vermont. He specializes in the teaching and research of global environment and business strategy, corporate social responsibility, and community-based entrepreneurship and social innovation with a special expertise/interest in Japan, China, and the Asia-Pacific region.

He has worked as an ethical research consultant with Green Cay Asset Management, a socially responsible hedge fund/financial investment company and as a senior research consultant and a Japanese and Asian equity specialist in the Governance and Socially Responsibility Investment Group of ISIS Asset Management (now F&C Asset Management), a London-based investment company.

Awarded the Food Pedagogy Award (2009) from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Education and Outreach (2008), he is or has been Winter Park Institute Scholar in Residence, Rollins College (2010); the Page Legacy Scholar, College of Communications, Penn State University (2009-2010); POSCO Visiting Fellow, East-West Center (2008); Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Central European University (2007); International Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sydney’s Faculty of Business and Economics (2007); Visiting Scholar, Cardiff University’s Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (2006); Visiting Scholar, Free University of Berlin’s Environmental Policy Center (2005); Fannie and Alan Leslie Humanities Center Fellow at Dartmouth College (2005); Visiting Professor in the Corporate Environmental Governance Program at the University of Hong Kong’s Center for Urban Planning and Environmental Management (2004); Research Scholar, Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda, University of Maryland (1999-2002).

A former lead author in the Scenarios Working Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, he serves on the board of directors, Environmental Leadership Program; board of directors, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; steering committee, International Working Group, Social Investment Forum; international planning board, Greening of Industry Network; advisory council, Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education; technical working group, World Resource Institute/World Business Council for Sustainable Development GHG Protocol’s Product and Supply Chain Accounting and Reporting Project, and has served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group III).

He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Business Ethics (Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability section), Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Business Strategy and the Environment, Greener Management International, and Asia Business & Management Journal.  His book, Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability, was published by Routledge in April 2008 and Ecology of the New Economy: Sustainable Transformation of Global Information Technology, Communication, and Electronics Industries was published in 2002 by Greenleaf Publishing.

His research and writing activities have been supported by grants, scholarships, and financial support from the AT&T Foundation, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Salzburg Seminar, German Marshall Fund, American Council on Germany, Starr Foundation, Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership, Vermont Community Foundation, Environmental Leadership Program, Society of Environmental Journalists, and others.

A former New York City-based financial journalist, including two years at Fortune Magazine, he worked in Tokyo, Japan for four years, initially as a policy advisor/analyst in the Global Environmental Affairs Office of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and later as an environmental and urban development specialist for the United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies.