Abrar Chaudhury, post-doctoral researcher at Oxford Saïd and MBA alumnus (2009-10), has been awarded the Academy of Management Organisation and Natural Environment (ONE) division’s ‘Best dissertation award’ for 2017.
The prize is awarded once a year by the Academy of Management to a doctoral student in the area of organisations and the natural environment and is awarded based on the research’s relevance, scholarly contribution, practical implications, and theoretical and methodological rigour.
Dr Chaudhury's prize-winning dissertation investigated the organisational and implementation design of climate change adaptation policy in developing countries. He completed his doctoral degree at the School of Geography and the Environment, with co-supervisors Dr Tom Thornton and Dr Marc Ventresca, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Oxford Saïd. He has just joined Oxford Saïd as post-doctoral researcher to work on the Oxford-EY Beacon collaboration, 'Beyond this Mountain: Purpose-Led Transformation'.
Of Dr Chaudhury’s work, the prize-giving committee said: ‘We were extremely impressed with the novelty of the dissertation, the setting and detailed data and analyses, as well as the important practical implications of the work.’
As his colleague Marc Ventresca explained: 'Dr Chaudhury’s work explores a pressing and grand global challenge with rigorous research and a promising multidisciplinary approach. His work combines the strengths of incumbent literature on climate change adaptation with new insights from theories of organizations, networks, and institutional infrastructure. He builds the arguments from a deep knowledge of the country context and data on Nepal, Ghana and Pakistan. The importance of this approach is the basis of the Academy of Management ONE dissertation prize.'
Dr Chaudhury commented: ‘I am delighted to receive this award in recognition of my work developing pragmatic organisational-focused solutions for tackling the climate challenge. I look forward to building on this important work at Oxford Saïd as a post-doctoral researcher, with an emphasis on the role of the intermediary actors in the climate space that connect across global and national regimes and their impact on the ground.’