Meet the team

The RSB Lab shares research that promotes responsible and sustainable business practice through innovation, management and training.


About Us

The RSB Lab started operating in December 2015, with the goal to support income generation, publication and business impact in the areas of responsible and sustainable business within the business school and across disciplines.

The purpose of the RSB Lab is to pull together transdisciplinary teams of experts across NBS as well as across the University to address complex research questions in the ERS area and to develop interdisciplinary grant proposals and research papers. The RSB Lab focuses on four research streams: under four broad research streams: (i) Energy and Environment; (ii) Pedagogy and Talent Development; (iii) Ethics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; (iv) CSR and Corporate Governance.  Staff aligned to the centre fall within one or more of these four branches.


Professor Mollie Painter

Mollie Painter is an international scholar and public speaker specializing in business ethics, CSR, sustainability and responsible leadership. She has held academic positions in South Africa, the USA, the UK, and Slovenia. She currently heads up the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab), a Research Centre within Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK and is an Extraordinary Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. She also serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly. Between 2015-2020, she held the Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainability at IEDC-Bled in Slovenia on a part-time basis, and has been a visiting professor at HEC, ESCP-Europe, EDHEC and IAE in France. In partnership with the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS) and African faculty, she developed the African leadership programmes of focusing on developing values-driven leadership on the African continent, with active programmes now running in Egypt, Kenya and South Africa.

Mollie’s most recent research focuses on sustainability, organisational culture, leadership, and ethics within complex organisational environments. As a philosopher by training, her trademark is bringing insights from 20th century and contemporary philosophy to management and organisational studies. Topics she has published on include leadership and gender, embodiment, and relational accountability. In addition to Gender, Leadership & Organization (Springer, 2011), of which this text will be Volume 2, she is also authored Business Ethics as Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Business Ethics and Continental Philosophy, co-edited with René ten Bos (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which was translated into Dutch as “Bedrijfsethiek. Filosofische perspectieven” (Boom, 2013). She continues to publish peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Organization Studies, European Management Review, Organization, Journal of Management Studies, and Leadership.


Dr Emrah Karakilic

Dr Karakilic holds a PhD in sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London, where he worked as a graduate tutor and (later) as an associate lecturer in both sociology and management studies departments between 2012-17. In May 2017, he joined the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab (RSB Lab) at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. His research interests revolve around critical management studies; work, employment and society; Marxist political economy; Italian operaismo and post-operaismo; and cognitive capitalism.

  Dr Elmé Vivier 

Elmé joined the RSB Lab at NTU in 2019, after completing her PhD at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Previously she worked at the University of Pretoria, and in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery unit at the Human Sciences Research Council, also in South Africa. Her research focuses broadly on issues of collaborative and relational governance and leadership, community engagement, participatory development and social accountability, and in particular on collective and public leadership practice in informal and developing country contexts. She also manages the Values-Driven Leadership in Action programme at the RSB Lab.

Natalie Toms

Natalie is the Research Assistant for the RSB Lab where she supports income generation, publication and business impact in the areas of responsible and sustainable business within the business school and across disciplines.

Natalie is currently working towards an EMBA, due for completion in February 2022.

She is responsible for supporting project administration and the daily management of research projects, with particular responsibility for digital media communication and the dissemination of research activities via online digital mediums.  Natalie coordinates events and general engagement with internal research networks within the business school, and external stakeholders.  She supports senior researchers in the development of questionnaires, conducting of surveys, literature reviews and database searches.

Johanna Oehlmann

As an NBS PhD student Johanna supports the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab with research in the areas of Design for Sustainability and values-based business practices.




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