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Jacqueline Kirk

Jacqueline Kirk

Associate Professor

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Dr Jacqueline Kirk is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Business in the Responsible and Sustainable Business (RSB) Lab in the Department of Management. Jacqueline specialises in CSR, ESG and narratives of value in decision making. She is particularly interested in the interface between these constructs and a just transition to net zero.

Jacqueline has held academic positions at Loughborough University, The University of Nottingham and The University of Leicester and she is an alumnus of The University of Leeds. She is currently a member of the Responsible and Sustainable Business Research Lab (RSB Lab). A research centre within Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Career overview

Jacqueline began her academic career researching the barriers to development of alternatively fuelled vehicles at Loughborough University. She went on to gain her PhD from the University of Nottingham’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) where she also undertook a Research Associate role working with ICCSR colleagues to explore the political contestation surrounding shale gas fracturing (fracking). Prior to joining NTU, Jacqueline worked as a Lecturer in International Business at the University of Leicester where she taught corporate social responsibility, international business and an experiential module on management in practice. Most recently Jacqueline has undertaken an ESRC/BEIS Policy Fellowship, working with the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to advise on how behavioural science approaches could be applied to net zero.

Research areas

Jacqueline’s research focuses on narratives of value in organizations and society. She is particularly interested in how these narratives translate (or not) into responsible business practice.  Previously, Jacqueline has explored this in the context of organisational responses to corporate social responsibility ratings, climate change, fracking and alternative fuelled vehicles. However, her most recent focus has been the role of narratives of value in net zero behaviour science.

Jacqueline has published in journals and edited books including Organization Studies, British Journal of Management, Environmental Politics, Research in the Sociology of Organisations and Transportation Research D.

External activity

From February 2022, Jacqueline has worked with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department of central government on an ESRC funded Policy Fellowship.

Jacqueline’s research outputs from previous projects have been presented at numerous academic and professional conferences including The Academy of Management, The European Group for Organization Studies and The International Association for Business and Society.

Jacqueline is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Kirk, J. Nyberg, D and Wright C. (2021) Divided yet united: Balancing convergence and divergence in environmental movement mobilization. Environmental Politics. [online]

Nyberg D, Wright C and Kirk J (2020) ‘Fracking the future: the temporal portability of frames in political contests’, Organization Studies. 41, 175-196.

Nyberg D, Wright C and Kirk J (2018) ‘Dash for gas: climate change, hegemony and the scalar politics of fracking in the UK’, British Journal of Management, 29, 235-251.

Kirk, J. (2017) ‘Participant value perceptions of CR Index measurement: A lifecycle of diminishing value’. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society, 28, 118-131.

Nyberg D, Wright C and Kirk J (2017) 'Re-producing a neoliberal political regime: Competing justifications and dominance in disputing fracking', In: Justification, Evaluation and Critique in the Study of Organizations: Contributions from French Pragmatist Sociology. Research in the Sociology of Organisations. Emerald Publishing, Bingley, UK, 143-171.

Kirk, J. (2014). ‘The organisational dynamics of a corporate responsibility index’. In Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business Theory and Practice (1st ed., pp. 175–196). Bucureşti: Editura ASE.

Kirk, J. L., Bristow, A. L., and Zanni, A. M. (2014). ‘Exploring the market for compressed natural gas light commercial vehicles in the United Kingdom’. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 29, 22–31.