Mary Johnstone-Louis

Senior Fellow in Management Practice

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Mary is Senior Fellow in Management Practice. At the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, she has also served as Senior Research Fellow and Founding Programme Director of The Ownership Project and is currently a Skoll Centre Fellow and Co-Director of the Oxford Leading Sustainable Corporations programme.


Mary is an Associate of Oxford Net Zero, a member of the Jury of the IMD-Pictet Sustainability in Family Business Award, has also served as a World Economic Forum Global Futures Council Fellow and is Chair of the Board of B Lab UK.   

Her research explores how business is affecting our world, and how leaders build strategy around the public good. She has a longstanding research interest in women in business. Her co-authored volume on sustainability leadership is slated for publication in 2023, and she serves as an advisor to several businesses on sustainability and impact strategy.

A regular speaker and panelist, Mary has presented at leading academic venues including the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organisational Studies. Her written contributions have been featured in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Business Ethics Quarterly, and in the United Nations Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education series as well as via Oxford Answers and the British Academy.

Mary holds an MPhil from St Antony's College (University of Oxford), a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her doctorate from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar. 


  • Responsible business
  • Stakeholder governance
  • Leadership and business ethics



  • Journal article
  • Robert G Eccles,
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Judith C Stroehle

Business in times of crisis(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Mary Johnstone-Louis,
  • Bridget Kustin,
  • Colin Mayer,
  • Judith Stroehle,
  • Boya Wang
  • M Johnstone-Louis

Re-siting corporate responsibility: The making of south africa's avon entrepreneurs

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  • The Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • C Dolan,
  • M Johnstone-Louis
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