Diane Holt

About me:

I joined Essex Business School in November 2013. Previously I held posts at Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2013) and Middlesex University Business School (1996-2007). I have published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in areas such as social entrepreneurship, hybrid businesses, green supply chain management, the role of business in development, sustainability discourse, and ecopreneuring. I was the principal investigator on the ESRC funded Trickle Out Africa Project (2011 – present) which considers the impact of social and environmental enterprises on poverty alleviation and sustainable development across the 19 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. The online Trickle Out Directory now lists over 2000 social purpose ventures. I am also the UK host of a Newton Advanced Fellowship with Dr Silvia Pinheiro from Brazil on “Inclusion and formalization of Amazonian informal entrepreneurs into MNC value chains – mechanisms, partnerships and impacts”. I also run the South Africa PhD partnership network in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. I am a member of the ESRC peer review college, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Council social science funding panel.

I am interested in the following geographical area(s):

Sub-Saharan Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa

Components of the GCRF I am interested in:

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development
•secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture
•inclusive and equitable quality education
•clean air, water and sanitation
•affordable, reliable, sustainable energy.

Sustainable Economies and Societies
•sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations for inclusive economic growth and innovation
•resilience and action on short-term environmental shocks and long-term environmental change
•sustainable production and consumption of materials and other resources.