Nicole Darnall

Nicole Darnall

Associate Director

Nicole Darnall is associate dean and professor of management and public policy in ASU’s School of Sustainability. She is also team leader of the Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative. Her research investigates non-regulatory governance approaches (e.g., voluntary programs, strategic alliances, certification, and information-based initiatives) to determine whether the absence of state coercion, combined with appropriate incentives, can encourage organizations and individuals to be more sustainable.

Professor Darnall is an Economic and Social Research Council and Social Science Research Council Collaborative Visiting Fellow, an Erasmus Mundus International Scholar, a Social Science Research Council Abe Fellow, and Spanish Ministry of Education International Fellow. She has been awarded the Academy of Management’s Organizations and Natural Environment Best Paper Award and its Emerging Scholar Award for research excellence, in addition to the Decision Science Institute’s Distinguished Paper Award.

Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Social Science Research Council, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes.

Professor Darnall has served as a senior editor of Production and Operations Management and associate editor of Business & Society and Organization and Environment. She is on the Editorial Review Board of Cambridge University Press, Public Administration Review, Business & SocietyOrganization and Environment, and Business Strategy and the Environment.

Before joining Arizona State University, Professor Darnall was Associate Professor at George Mason University, and Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. Prior to her academic career, she worked at Resources for the Future and was an economist for the U.S. Forest Service.

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