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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Nichola Hutson

Nichola graduated from The University of Manchester in 2011, obtaining a First Class BSc (Hons) Management, specialising in environmental management.

Nichola Hutson

Her final-year project investigated the desirability and feasibility of Carbon Neutrality as an organisational target. This was carried out in collaboration with Akzo Nobel.

Nichola then became a research assistant for The University of Manchester in the summer of 2011, prior to starting her MSc (Hons) in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS).

It was here Nichola furthered her interests in sustainability, undertaking modules in water and sanitation in developing countries, eco-innovation, and basing her final dissertation on the management of post-user waste in the coatings sector.

Nichola is currently undergoing PhD training in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, AMBS, and is an active member of the SCI.

Research title

Unite and Innovate! Field Evolution and the role of European coating trade associations.

Research project

Nichola's PhD thesis concerns an analysis and understanding of how and why institutional innovation of the European coatings sector evolved in the cases of TBT, VOCs and Solvents.

It also explores the role of meta-organisations (Sectoral Trade Associations) in facilitating this innovation process through a field-level analysis.

Research interests

  • eco-innovation and institutional innovation
  • innovation systems
  • institutional field theory
  • knowledge management
  • project planning in developing countries
  • sustainable practices and carbon
  • sustainable production and consumption (international studies)
  • the management of innovation processes and the transfer of capabilities within institutions and firms.

Undergraduate teaching experience

  • Level 3: The International Management of Knowledge and Technology
  • Level 2: Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
  • Level 2: Sustainable Innovation Management

Research assistant experience

  • SCI: investigating the use of data text-mining tools for exploring the evolution of eco-innovation in different industrial sectors
  • SCI, AMBS and Shanghai University: investigating the market structure and supply chain of China's dairy and vegetable markets.