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Research Interests


  • Cleaner production and environmental management in firms
  • Energy innovation towards more sustainable energy systems
  • Sustainability strategies and the role of partnerships
  • Exploring system innovation through sociotechnical scenarios


  • Corporate social responsibility in China
  • Upgrading, innovation and CSR in Chinese firms
  • Eco-innovation in Chinese firms
  • Stakeholder engagement strategies of Chinese MNEs
  • Corporate responses to climate change 


  • Sustainability strategies in Chinese firms
  • The transition to a sustainable energy system in China
  • Corporate governance and corporate social responsibility in Chinese firms

Personal profile

Professor Peter Hofman is Professor in Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance at Nottingham University Business School China. His research broadly covers business-government-society interaction in the areas of innovation and sustainable business strategies. He has published numerous articles, books, book chapters and reports on corporate social responsibility in Europe and China, innovation in Chinese SMEs, system innovation, governance of innovation, technology transfer and sustainable business strategies in academic journals such as Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Business & Society, Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy Policy, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, and Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice. He has successfully led a number of research grants in the areas of corporate social responsibility and human resource management in Chinese firms, eco-innovation in Chinese firms, and finance mechanisms for diffusion of clean technologies. He previously received grants from the Dutch National Scientific Council for research on system innovation in the energy sector, and was involved in European Union funded projects on innovation and environmental management. He is currently an international expert for a project of the Asian Development Bank and the Development Research Center of the State Council of China on improving energy efficiency in the Chinese manufacturing industry and was an international member of a policy study on Corporate Social Responsibility for Green Development for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.



  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Restructuring and Governance


  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • Business Administration
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Public Management
  • Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Ecology

Person Types

  • Staff


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