Public Research Lecture 4 | Making a Change: A Business Approach to Sustainability

Tuesday 6th February 2024
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Date: Tuesday 6th February 2024
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Conference Hall, Europa Point Campus

About this lecture

The talk will present the viability of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as a way of overcoming some of the barriers to organisational change, as identified in existing research concerning the issue of sustainability. To this end, it presents the Case Study designed to evaluate the extent to which a PAR project could successfully identify and overcome these barriers in a particular organisation – AquaGib Limited.

About the speaker

Darren is the Senior Manager for AquaGib’s Water Production Department. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Engineering Degree from the Open University, with courses in Environmental Decision Making, Sustainability, and Change. For his final dissertation, Darren collaborated with three other Engineering students in the design of an eco-village in Cumbria that focused on water, wastewater, and waste management. In 2021, he became a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Locally, Darren has worked on various engineering projects, including designing and installing potable, seawater, and sewage pumping stations. Most recently, he oversaw building a new 1000mᶾ/day Reverse Osmosis facility. He has worked on various initiatives around the company. He helped with the Nautilus Project-led project “Fill Your Bottle for Free Campaign,” which promotes tap water usage in the community and encourages a better, more sustainable lifestyle. Darren is currently undertaking a PhD in organisational change for corporate sustainability. His Case Study research evaluates if a Participatory Action Research approach, using the organisation’s middle managers, can support change for business sustainability within Gibraltar’s Water Industry.
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