Who we are

Dr Robert Hales


Rob is the Director of Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise. Rob coordinates the Griffith Business School action on: achieving operational sustainability, developing sustainability teaching curriculum, facilitating sustainability research and engagement with business and community.  His current teaching areas are Leadership and Sustainable Business in the Master of Business. Within the Griffith Business School he is located in the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation. He is also a member of the Griffith Institute for Tourism, the Griffith Asia Institute and the Griffith Climate Change Response Program.

Rob's research expertise include: Climate change and business responses, business responses to the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable tourism, research with First Peoples in tourism and land management, education for sustainability and outdoor recreation.

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Dr Tapan Sarker

Tapan has provided training and management consultation to a number of organisations, including the World Bank, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Laos, and the Mongolian Revenue Authority as well as for leading businesses such as Mahindra India Ltd.

Tapan is a former World Bank scholar. He is widely published in the area of corporate social responsibility and sustainability and climate change and  received a Queensland Day Award for his work in the community and received Griffith Business School Teaching Excellence Recognition Scheme awards in 2016 and 2017. He is also a recipient of a range of external research grants worth over $2.4 million.

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Dr Heather Stewart

Heather is a researcher working in qualitative data collection and analysis and has established a publishing profile in high-level corporate social responsibility and sustainable business journals.

Her focus is on qualitative research of collaboration, continual learning and sustainable management practices in small and medium-sized enterprises. This includes CSR and management issues such as application of sustainable management practices.

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Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Administration and Project Assistant

Rachel supports the Centre with administration and project duties, while completing her PhD within the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management.

Rachel's research focuses on how small tourism businesses within regional areas of Australia can collaborate and cooperate in order to enhance their output and ensure their sustainability and longevity into the future.

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