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Douglas Renqick

Doug Renwick

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School


Dr. Douglas W.S. Renwick, BA Hons, MSc Econ. (London School of Economics), PhD (University of Sheffield), Fellow HEA, Chartered Fellow FCIPD, is Associate Professor of Sustainable Workforce Management at Nottingham Business School (NBS). He undertakes research in green (environmental/ecological) human resource management (HRM), a concept he coined with others in 2005, and research in sustainable workforce management, a concept he coined in 2018.

Doug's teaching at NBS primarily involves HRM topics and those linked to building sustainable workforce management to both undergraduate and postgraduate audiences. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and qualified teacher, holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Distinction grade.

Dr. Renwick is a research leader & mentor to several rising and aspiring academics in HRM & environmental sustainability at NBS. Doug has undertaken empirical research with a number of national and multinational companies in the areas of involving line managers in HR work and green HRM, and his most recent research work focuses on investigating factors that drive forward staff voluntary workplace green behaviours.

Dr. Renwick's speaking engagements include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he was Assistant National Examiner for two HRM modules over a decade, and the academic bodies of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, British Academy of Management and European Academy of Management. Doug is a regular academic reviewer/referee for leading Chartered Association of Business School (CABS) ranked journals in HRM, Business and Management. He has gained scholarships and funding as principal investigator for his research from the: Engineering Managers Association, ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), Johnston Press, Scottish Power, Strathclyde University, UNESP (Sao Paulo State University, Brasil) and the University of Sheffield.

Dr. Renwick has won research awards and prizes including best paper, citation of excellence, UK and Brazilian scholarships and recognition for one of the most downloaded HRM case studies. His green HRM work is highly cited, and viewed as: a predominant focus for the top 20 most highly cited authors in sustainable HRM; the leading conceptual foci in sustainable HRM; ranked as having the second highest number of Scopus documents in sustainable HRM; and ranked number one in both the 20 most highly-cited and overlapping documents with greatest influence in sustainable HRM.

Doug's academic work in the areas of HRM, line managers and green HRM has been published in over 25 esteemed double & triple-blind peer reviewed journal outlets, such as the: Annals of Operations Research, British Journal of Management, Industrial Relations Journal, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Journal of Manpower, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, RAUSP Management Journal and Resources, Conservation & Recycling.

Dr. Renwick has edited five journal collections, most recently on green HRM for The International Journal of Human Resource Management (2016), and workforce greening for the International Journal of Manpower (2020). He has written a research monograph on HR and line manager work relationships (2010) and edited a research volume on green HRM and sustainability with Routledge (2018). Doug continues to supervise PhD students researching green HRM, voluntary green staff behaviours and workforce sustainability, and welcomes new PhD applications on these topics.

Among others, Dr. Renwick is an Editorial Board Member of Employee Relations: The International Journal & The International Journal of Human Resource Management, and is Visiting Professor at WU, the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Doug is honoured to provide his expert opinion to the UK government as part of their response to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change & Land.

Career overview

Prior to joining NBS, Dr. Renwick was previously on the faculties of Sheffield Business School, the University of Sheffield (where he gained his PhD) and Strathclyde University.

Research areas

* green HRM

* staff voluntary green behaviours

* sustainable workforce management

External activity

Dr. Renwick is an external academic advisor to OB/HRM colleagues at ISEG, the Lisbon School of Economics & Management, University of Lisbon, Portugal, EU, a member of the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) at the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, USA, and a member of the Innovating for Sustainability Salon (ISS) at Ivey Business School in Canada.

Press expertise

* green jobs

* sustainable workforce management