John Callaghan is a doctoral researcher at Imperial College Business School. He is interested in topics at the nexus of business, society, and the environment, including social responsibility and environmental sustainability, and his PhD is focused on social entrepreneurship. His research is being supported by an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship.
John holds an MEng (First Class Honours) in mechanical engineering from the University of Durham and an MRes (Distinction) in business from Imperial College London. He also has an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, where he studied as a Sainsbury Management Fellow.
Previously, John worked for 15 years in the renewable energy industry, including as a senior manager with the Carbon Trust and the Crown Estate. Much of his work concerned technological innovation. He created the UK’s largest research and development programme in offshore wind energy (the Offshore Wind Accelerator, £40m) and arranged a capital investment in one of the world’s first ‘tidal farms’ (MeyGen, Scotland). In addition, he was a consultant to energy project developers and investors, advising on >20 onshore wind farms across Europe, and a non-executive director of a wind energy co-operative. His work has been covered by the UK and international media.
John was formerly a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Imperial College Centre for Environmental Policy.