About the Centre

The Centre for Sustainability, Responsibility, Governance and Ethics (SURGE) aims to bring together researchers, organisations, and communities with a passion for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and Net Zero by 2050. To achieve these objectives, we recognise the need to reduce carbon emissions and move beyond 'business-as-usual.'

Our membership is comprised of academic researchers and professionals stretching beyond our home in Huddersfield Business School, to encompass many different academic disciplines, perspectives and methodological approaches.

SURGE operates to support our core areas of research expertise while providing a supportive environment that encourages collaboration across different academic disciplines, projects and subject areas. Many of our members have an international reputation for their work and we strive to ensure that best practice is shared across the Centre.



Research in SURGE covers a range of substantive topics, including but not limited to: Alternative economic models, sustainable production and consumption, food system transformation, sustainable livelihoods, business and financial ethics, ethical marketing, governance, regulatory and legal issues beyond the corporate world, equality of opportunity, public sector communication, lobbying and public affairs.



We have three key research clusters (see below), each of which works to achieve our key objectives through research, public engagement and impact across environment, society and economy.

Corporate Governance & Responsibility

CGSR - Core Research Cluster

Company regulation, board responsibilities, financial reporting, integrated reporting, disclosure, whistleblowing, market abuse, insider trading, business and financial ethics, ethical marketing and the ethics of food production.

Net Zero

NZ - Core Research Cluster

Led by the Centre Director Dr John Lever, the Net Zero cluster engages with other researchers from within HBS and across the University to facilitate movement towards the SDGs (by 2030) and Net Zero (by 2050). To do this, the cluster will foster collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including Kirklees Climate Commission (KCC), Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), local, regional and international businesses, and NGOs to develop pathways to impact via academic research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).


The case studies in this section will showcase projects and research undertaken by the SURGE team focusing on our core research clusters.

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