Diane Holt is a Professor in Management at the University of Essex in the UK. Previously she designed and delivered the sustainable management Masters programmes at Queens University Belfast (2007-2013). She also spent 11 years on the faculty at Middlesex University Business School in London, including 18 months seconded to their campus in the UAE. She has a PhD focused on green supply chain management (Middlesex) and a Masters in Environmental Management (Stirling).
She is a leading international scholar publishing widely on sustainable supply chains, business models for poverty alleviation (such as social, environmental and hybrid enterprises), sustainability discourses in the public sphere and aspects of the informal economy in the developing world. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, conference papers and case studies, with over 2200 citations of her work. Her work has been published in places such as California Management Review, Journal of Operations and Production Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, Sustainable Development, Business and Society, and Business Strategy and the Environment. Her recent research includes the Trickle Out Africa Project exploring social, environmental and hybrid firms across 19 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. She is also working with subsistence women farmers in Kenya and exploring the incorporation of indigenous entrepreneurs into value chains in riverine communities in the Amazon, to see how cross-sector partnerships are helping these communities to earn an income whilst promoting sustainable development and conservation.
She has lived and worked in many countries over her career including extended periods spent in Kenya, Malawi, Brazil, South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dubai and the USA. She is bringing her knowledge and experiences from research within communities, businesses, supply chains and non-profit organisations in these countries, and many others, to her classes during Semester at Sea in the Spring 2018 voyage.