Aoife Brophy Haney is Departmental Research Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise, a joint position between the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the School of Geography and Environment, and Saïd Business School. Aoife’s research focuses on the connections between technological, organisational and institutional change related to sustainability, with a particular interest in new technologies related to energy and buildings.
Prior to joining Saïd Business School, Aoife was a senior researcher at the Group for Sustainability and Technology (SusTec) at ETH in Zurich. Aoife received her PhD from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and her MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Before her PhD, Aoife worked as a research assistant with the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge, where she was involved in several research and consulting projects for industry, the World Bank and for the UK government.
Aoife’s research focuses on the connections between technological, organisational and institutional change related to sustainability. She has two current streams of work. The first focuses on cognition at different levels (individual, organisational and field). The second explores how new interdependent technologies affect learning and organising.
The main empirical focus of Aoife’s recent work has been the energy industry, and particularly on the intersection between energy and buildings. The many technological and institutional changes related to energy in recent years have challenged incumbents and new entrants alike to change the way they think about doing business. Renewable energy technologies, decentralised energy systems, electric vehicles and smart building technologies are changing the face of energy systems around the world. Energy systems are also becoming more integrated for example with transport, buildings and information technologies. These changes are difficult for incumbents to respond to, and yet offer opportunities for innovation and for the transformation of the economy to a more sustainable footing. Aoife is currently studying how employees within incumbent utilities alter their perception of their organisations' identity and capabilities during times of environmental change. She is also studying how the integration of new technologies in the built environment, such as solar photovoltaics and renewable heat systems, changes the way that organisations learn and collaborate with each other.
Aoife’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics and Energy Policy. She received an Honourable Mention in the Best Dissertation Category from the Organisations and the Natural Environment division of the Academy of Management in 2014 for her dissertation on the strategic responses of firms to climate change. She is committed to developing research projects that embed sustainability phenomena at their core and generate practical implications for managers and policymakers.
Aoife has conducted interviews with different organisations involved in sustainable buildings and continues to engage in dialogue with industry partners to share the emerging results of her work. She has also attended and spoken at events for green entrepreneurs, for example at the Impact Hub in Zurich on the topic of sustainable communities and districts.
Aoife teaches Corporate Environmental Management for the MBA programme and for the MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the School of Geography and the Environment.
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