On this page you will find information on 1) doctoral/early career consortium; 2) Journal of Business Ethics SI workshop, 3) main symposium programme outline; and 3) our optional cultural event.

Doctoral Consortium

24th June 2020 (12.30pm-5pm followed by dinner)

The CSSI 2020 Doctoral/Early Career Consortium (D/ECC) is chaired by Dr Oana Branzei, Associate Professor and Director, Sustainability Certificate Program Donald F. Hunter Professor of International Business and Dr Annmarie Ryan, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.  The consortium is aimed at offering a supportive and developmental atmosphere for PhD, and early career scholars in the field of cross sector partnering to develop their research. In line with this year's symposium theme we will be interested in hearing from scholars advancing the notion of place based theorising on cross sector partnering, and also those that aim to advance the SDG agenda and the role of partnerships in that regard.



The CSSI 2020 D/ECC will be held Wednesday, June 24th from 12:30 to 5:30pm followed by a social event for PhD/ECs and faculty members (final agenda is subject to change).


The CSSI faculty members that will be there to exchange ideas include:

  • Rob van Tulder, Professor, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

  • James Austin, Professor, Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard University, US

  • M. May Seitanidi (FRSA), Ph.D. Reader in Strategy, Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK  

  • Lea Stadtler, Associate Professor, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

  • Jill Purdy, Professor of Management, Milgard School of Business, South Africa

  • Arno Kourula, Associate Professor, Co-director of the Sustainability Initiative, International Strategy & Marketing, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam

  • Amelia Clarke, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Environment, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo

  • Silvia Dorado-Banacloche, Associate Professor, The University of Rhode Island

  • Domenico Dentoni, Associate Professor, Business Management & Organisation Group, Wageningen University & Research

  • Paula Ungureanu, Senior Assistant Professor Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering (DISMI) University of Modena and Reggio Emilia



We are in the process of securing funding to support scholarships and fee waivers for overseas and some domestic students. Further details on these will follow.



To apply, please submit the following documents to cssi2020UL@ul.ie. Deadline is 17th of January 2020, and you will have results and feedback by 31st of January2020 or before.


  1. A one-page memo stating your motivation and interest for participating in the CSSI 2020 Doctoral/Early Career Consortium

  2. A three-page research abstract containing information about the main objectives, theoretical perspective, methodological approach and expected findings of your project (including bibliography)

  3. A current CV

Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue Panel

24th June 2020 (9.30am-12.30pm)

details to follow

Day 1:

25th June 2020


The first day of the main conference will be an exciting mix of key note talks, panel discussions and will include delegate parallel sessions also. This part of the event gives us an opportunity to consider the current issues in cross sector partnering and allow academics and practitioners the opportunity to discuss and develop their knowledge collaboratively. The day will conclude with a drinks reception and conference dinner (details to follow shortly).

Day 2:

26th June 2020

The second day of the main conference will start with an exciting key note talk (details to follow), followed by a series of parallel track sessions. We will conclude the day with a plenary talk, and awards for best paper.

Day 3:

27th June 2020 (optional)

On the Saturday after the conference we will be organizing a fun and informative day on the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in the Burren Food Trail and learning about how small businesses are making sustainability the core of what they do and using partnerships in the achievement of this.

An additional fee to cover basic costs will apply to those joining us on this cultural event.


Academic Enquiries: CSSI2020@ul.ie

Registration, Accommodation, VISA Support Letters: registrationCSSI2020@ul.ie

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Partnerships & Smart Cities

Professor Eoin Reeves, University of Limerick

Partnerships & Poverty

Assembling and Sustaining Place-Based Approaches to Addressing Poverty 

Panel chairs: Prof Morven McEachern and Dr Caroline Moraes

Partnerships & Evaluation

The promises and perils of theory-based evaluations for cross-sector partnerships.

Panel chairs: Marijn Faling, Greetje Schouten, Sietze Vellema

Partnershios & PRME

Cross-sector partnerships: Integrating and scaling RME and ERS practices

Prof Jennifer Leigh, 

Dr Jill Bogie, 

Prof Sheila Killian, & Prof Carole Parkes,

Partnerships & Frugal Innovation

Track co-chairs Greetje Schouten, Winfred Onyas, Peter Knorringa, 

Partnerships & Social Entreprise

Partnerships and Social Enterprise: Exploring the relationships between Purpose, Practices, Policy and Place in the Social Partnership ecosystem. Co-Chairs: Dr Briga Hynes,  and Dr. Omar Al-Tabbaa

Partnerships & Creative Places

Cross Sector Social Interactions in creative places (C-CSSI): mis-placement, dis-placement, re- placement. Co-Chairs: Dr Philippe Mairesse and Dr Catherine Morel

Partnerships & the SDGs

Partnering for the Sustainable Development Goals: dealing with the Nexus challenge

Chair: Prof. dr. Rob van Tulder

Partnerships & Wicked Problems

Professors Art Dewulf, 

Domenico Dentoni, 

Rob Lubberink 

Partnerships & Organizational networks

Co-Chairs: Anne Quarshie, Laura Albareda, Lea Stadtler

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