Organising Urban Sustainability Transformations: Exploring the role, abilities, and potential of Sustainability-Oriented Hybrid Organisations

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Academic Profile

Dina holds a bachelor's degree in human geography with a focus on development geography from the University of Oslo and a Master's of Environment from the University of Melbourne. Her master's thesis analysed Australian adaptation finance in the Pacific under the supervision of Professor Jon Barnett. At the University of Melbourne she also worked as a research assistant for Professor Robyn Eckersley on the research project: What Makes a Leader?: Developed Countries' Responsibilities under the International Climate Regime.

Before coming to Oxford Dina worked as a: consultant for Sund Energy, a Norwegian energy consultancy; environmental programs coordinator for the Australian NGO Global Voices; co-founder of holder de ord, a Norwegian democratic watchdog organisation; intern for UNDP- Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People analysing adaptation and climate change finance activities; and consultant for the Office of Environmental Planning and Policy Coordination in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on improving their institutional planning and coordination capacity.

In addition to her DPhil research she is a consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development - Reporting Services, writing the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, which provides summaries and analysis of a range of environmental negotiations and conferences globally.

Current Research

Dina’s DPhil research argues that sustainability, and the systems transformations required to achieve it, can fundamentally be viewed as an organisational challenge. Mainstream organisational logics and practices can be considered a root cause of current socio-ecological problems and as such need to be transformed. Her thesis investigates the role, abilities, and potential of emerging organisational forms and introduces the concept of Sustainability-Oriented Hybrid Organisations (SOHOs) as an umbrella category for organisations that use a mixture of market and mission-oriented practices, beliefs, and rationales to tackle social and ecological issues whilst generating a sufficient amount of their income from trading in goods or services, so as to make them economically viable and self-sustaining. Her research focusses on SOHOs in Barcelona and Istanbul.

She is a part of GREEN-WIN, a Horizon 2020 funded international transdisciplinary research collaboration applying a solution-oriented approach targeted at increasing the understanding of links between climate action and sustainability and overcoming implementation barriers through win-win strategies. In this project she is a part of Work Package Six researching urban transformation and the green win potential of strategies in Istanbul, Shanghai, Barcelona and Venice.

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