Imperial College London

DrMikeTennant

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Senior Lecturer
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 7708m.tennant Website

 
 
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Location

 

105Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

Dr Mike Tennant works in the Centre for Environmental Policy and has convened the ''Business and the Environment Option'' on the M.Sc. Environmental Technology course since January 2008.

My main interest is in systems thinking, complexity and innovation in the context of business sustainability. I believe that "true sustainability" can only be achieved by understanding the complete environmental and social contexts in which a business operates and designing interventions informed by those contexts. I am particularly interested in using and developing creativity and systems tools to design disruptive and innovative products, services and policies that meet environmental and social needs.

I am Imperial's lead investigator on the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, where my main interest is understanding the role of the manufacturing industry in a constrained world. My reserach group is investigating how ecosystems metaphors can be used to construct business models that result in a radical reduction in carbon emissions and natural resource usage by industry.

I have a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from The University of Manchester and worked for 14 years in various roles in research and management in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the UK and USA. In these positions I lead research teams, directed multi-disciplinary therapeutic area research (diabetes and anti-bacterial), helped set up and build out two biotechnology start-up companies in California and was active in portfolio management and business development.

A change of career saw me head to Imperial College and take the M.Sc. Environmental Technology course (Business and Environment), in which I received a Distinction. After a brief stint as the Chief Technology Officer in a cleantech development company in London I moved back into academia in order to further my interests in understanding how business can contribute to, and benefit from, the growing sustainability movement.

In the past I have worked with Concern Universal and helped to develop a best practice framework for the development and deployment of pro-poor technologies, funded by carbon credits. I have also contributed to the virtual Systems Thinking Project Steering Group for the Sustainable Consumption and Production Unit at Defra.

Publications

Journals

Brennan G, Tennant M, 2018, Sustainable value and trade-offs: Exploring situational logics and power relations in a UK brewery's malt supply network business model, Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol:27, ISSN:0964-4733, Pages:621-630

Burgman M, Tennant M, Voulvoulis N, et al., 2018, Facilitating the transition to sustainable green chemistry, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, ISSN:2452-2236

Trolard F, Bourrie G, Baillieux A, et al., 2016, The PRECOS framework: Measuring the impacts of the global changes on soils, water, agriculture on territories to better anticipate the future, Journal of Environmental Management, Vol:181, ISSN:0301-4797, Pages:590-601

Lord S-F, Noye S, Ure J, et al., 2016, Comparative review of building commissioning regulation: a quality perspective, Building Research and Information, Vol:44, ISSN:0961-3218, Pages:630-643

Conference

Bocken NMP, Weissbrod I, Tennant M, 2016, Business Model Experimentation for Sustainability, 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM), SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, Pages:297-306, ISSN:2190-3018

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