Katharina Dittrich awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

23 April 2020

Dr Katharina Dittrich, Assistant Professor of Organisation Studies at Warwick Business School, has been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) scheme is designed to increase the supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class.

The £900 million fund was announced by the Secretary of State in June 2018 and supports university early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential, as well as UK registered businesses and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

Dr Dittrich’s fellowship project is titled: Management insights for tackling grand challenges: the case of climate-related financial risks in the financial investment industry. She said:

“Climate change has been referred to by leading economists as the greatest market failure in human history, with disastrous impacts on human well-being and economic wealth. After years of neglect, there is a growing consensus, especially amongst financial leaders, that climate change is a material risk and that it needs to be effectively identified, measured, monitored and integrated into financial decision-making.

“Theoretically, this research contributes to developing new theory in the area of management studies on how organisations can tackle large-scale, complex, social problems, known as 'grand challenges.' Methodologically, it develops new social science research methods that are better suited to capture the increasingly mobile and complex issues facing organisations today. Practically, it seeks to inform the actions of (1) policy-makers and regulators to make financial markets resilient and sustainable; (2) financial investors to minimize risks and safeguard returns; (3) consultancies and data providers to develop appropriate tools and data; and (4) NGOs to develop effective advocacy.”

Responding to the success of University of Warwick academics securing Future Leadership Fellowships from UKRI, Professor Pam Thomas, the University of Warwick’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research said:

“These fellowships are welcome recognition of the depth, breadth and ingenuity of Warwick research, it is a great pleasure to see University of Warwick researchers being recognised by UKRI, and for them to receive support for their ground-breaking research. I wish our academics the very best as they continue their work and look forward to following their progress.”

Katharina Dittrich is Assistant Professor of Organisation Studies in the Organisation and Human Resource Management (OHRM) group at Warwick Business School. Her research interests include organisational routines/routine dynamics and strategy, with an emphasis on practice-theoretical approaches and qualitative research methods. She is currently particularly interested in the dynamics around climate change and climate risk in financial markets.

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