Panikos Georgallis is an Erb Institute Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, with a concurrent appointment at the Energy Institute as a Dow Sustainability Fellow. He is also an affiliate member of the Society & Organizations (SnO) Research Center of HEC Paris. Panikos uses interdisciplinary empirical research to investigate the development of sustainable markets and the interaction of firms with their institutional environments. His current research projects focus on settings with strong links to sustainability, and examine the interaction between firms and two types of non-market actors: social movements and governments. His work has been presented at the top strategy, organizations and sustainability conferences, and was awarded the Strategy Research Foundation Dissertation Scholars Grant. He holds a PhD in Strategic Management, a Master in Techno-Economic Systems and a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Susan Kayser is an Erb Institute Research Fellow with a concurrent appointment as a Dow Sustainability Fellow at the University of Michigan. Prior to her Post-doctoral Fellowship, she received by PhD from Indiana University in the Business Economics and Public Policy department with a minor in Strategic Management under the supervision of John Maxwell.
Her scholarly research uses econometric analyses to study non-market corporate strategies related to corporate social responsibility. Her dissertation work focuses on how strategic non-market actors, such as civil society organizations, can influence firm decisions to commit to CSR initiatives, follow through with those commitments, and their value to the firm. Susan's dissertation was nominated as one of three finalists for the 2015 Organization and Natural Environment (ONE) division of the Academy of Management best dissertation award. Susan's most recent stream of research, which is under development with Thomas Lyon [University of Michigan], focuses on how the characteristics of manufacturing facilities’ and their parent organizations, along with their respective institutional environments, influence facilities’ decisions to reduce or increase their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Lianne Lefsrud is an Erb Institute Research Fellow with a concurrent appointment as a Dow Sustainability Fellow. She examines how persuasive language shapes our conceptions of technology, energy, the environment and their regulation. She has PhD in Strategic Management and Organizations, an interdisciplinary MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sociology, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Her research on the role of professionals in enacting climate change policies, the persuasiveness of imagery, and entrepreneurial storytelling is garnering international awards and attention.
Jocelyn Leitzinger is a Dow Post-doctoral Research Fellow with concurrent appointments at the Erb Institute and the Energy Institute at the University of Michigan. Drawing on organizational theory, she studies the impact of social movements on markets through two streams of research. Her work examines the role that environmental activists play in facilitating the emergence of new industries, as well as how incumbent firms strategically respond to activist pressure. Jocelyn was a University Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Ph.D. in strategic management and organizational theory. She also holds a master's degree in international business and two bachelor's degrees from the University of Florida.
Todd Schifeling is an Erb Institute Post-doctoral Research Fellow with a concurrent appointment as a Dow Sustainability Fellow at the University of Michigan. He studies the sustainability implications of interactions between social movements and companies, focusing especially on the evolving struggle to define green products as opposed to greenwashing. His work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, and has received best paper awards from the American Sociological Association and significant attention from the media. He is receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. from Reed College.
Dr. Schoolman holds a Dow Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. As a sociologist and interdisciplinary social scientist, his current work focuses on the environmental and social implications of local food systems, inequalities in access to fresh and healthy food, localization as a social movement, and challenges to developing a culture of sustainability at institutions of higher education. Dr. Schoolman's research on local food systems was recently awarded a leveraging grant from the University of Michigan Water Center, and he also coordinates qualitative research for the USDA-funded Food Access in Michigan project (Dr. Dorceta Taylor, P.I.). In addition to a Ph.D. in sociology, Dr. Schoolman holds a master's degree in political science from Princeton and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.