Petra Molthan

Petra Molthan-Hill

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Management


Petra Molthan-Hill PFHEA, PhD, MBA, MDiv Petra leads the Green Academy at Nottingham Trent University, developing curricular and extra-curricular activities in Education for Sustainable Development. In 2016, Petra won the Sustainability Professional Award in the Green Gown Awards. Petra is also the Academic Lead for PRME in Nottingham Business School. Since 2010 Petra has led the Greenhouse Gas Management Project at NBS, which won the Guardian University Award for 2015 in Business Partnership together with NetPositive Ltd. Petra is the editor of an internationally acclaimed textbook 'The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management', Greenleaf/PRME Book Series, which offers seminars and other teaching material in how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals in accounting, marketing, HR and other subjects in management/business studies but also ideas on how to teach system thinking, corporate peace-making and the crowdsourcing of sustainable solutions, which would be of interest to lecturers/students from other disciplines. Petra is the Co-Chair of the United Nation’s PRME Working Group on Climate Change and Environment, the Chair of the TILT group ‘Education for Sustainable Futures’ and the Lead for the Pedagogical Research of the Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab.

Petra has been leading the Green Academy at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) since 2013, developing innovative curricular and extra-curricular projects in Education for Sustainable Development. In the last year the focus has been on integrating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the core curriculum for all 640 courses at NTU as part of Curriculum Refresh. Staff development workshops and a wealth of supporting learning resources for staff and students have been designed, ranging from Astrophysics to Medieval History to Social Science. More specifically, detailed seminar suggestions, workshops and bigger projects on how to integrate the SDGs into Marketing, Accounting, Innovation etc. were collected and are presented in the second edition of ‘The Business Student’s Guide to Sustainable Management’ (edited by Petra, published in 2017).

Recently, the Green Academy Team launched a blog about the SDGs ( ), where staff and students can write about interesting projects, events and other ideas they might have. We especially encourage students and staff to seek solutions to challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals. For this purpose, the Green Academy Team in cooperation with the TILT group ‘Education for Sustainable Futures’, the Environmental Team and the Volunteering Teams at NTU and NTSU collected community and estate related case studies and ‘wicked’ problems, which can be integrated by interested colleagues into their curriculum. The Green Academy also designed and runs the Sustainability in Practice Certificate, an online course offered to all students and staff at NTU. Participants can either focus on energy, food or clothing –the assessment is in the form of a video, poster , mood board or practical project – each required to demonstrate a solution to a sustainable challenge around food, clothing or energy. The Sustainability in Practice online course is on offer to other HEIs.

Career overview

After a ‘Master in Divinity’ (‘Erstes und Zweites Theologisches Examen’) and running a company for four years in Germany, Petra did an MBA at Manchester Business School, UK, from 1999-2001. While doing her PhD at NTU (scholarship), she was a Visiting Lecturer at Manchester Business School from 2001-2004 teaching an elective in business ethics to MBAs. In 2004 she started as Senior Lecturer in NTU.

Research areas

In her PhD Petra focused on cross-cultural comparisons between managers in the UK and Germany and their sensemaking of environmental issues, which led to two journal papers about moral muteness and the framing of the business case in both countries. Since then Petra’s research focus has shifted to Education for Sustainable Development. She also has a strong interest in how HEIs and other organisations integrate sustainability into their core activities. At the moment Petra is working with the NHS England and the NHS Scotland  to evaluate and improve their Good Corporate Citizenship Tool.

External activity

Petra is the Co-Chair of the PRME Working Group on Climate Change and Environment with the aim to share innovative curricular and extra-curricular teaching material worldwide, to help other universities to develop policies and strategies in how to integrate climate change and other environmental issues into operation and curriculum and to encourage partnerships with companies in addressing these issues in innovative projects.

Petra is Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).

Sponsors and collaborators

Nottingham Energy Partnership
Future Factory project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund
NetPositive Ltd
iiE Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire
iiE Central
NHS England
NHS Scotland
Nottingham City Council
Over 100 companies in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Press expertise

Education for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Goals

Greenhouse Gas Management Student Projects