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Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, University of Surrey

Professor Roberta Sonnino has been appointed Professor of Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Surrey.  She joins Surrey from Cardiff University, where she was the Director of the Research Centre for Urban and Regional Food Systems (SURF) and Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning at the School of Geography and Planning.

The appointment is being made as part of the University’s creation of a cross-institution, multi-disciplinary Institute for Sustainability.

Professor Sonnino's research focuses on sustainable food systems, with a particular focus on governance.  She has published in a range of international journals from different disciplines, including geography, planning, sociology, anthropology, environmental studies, food science and technology and public health.

Working across the science-policy interface, in her career she has acted as an advisor to many different bodies and organisations, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission.  


Chair in Responsible Research in Marketing, University of Liverpool

Professor Michael Haenlein has been appointed Chair in Responsible Research in Marketing at the University of Liverpool Management School.  He is also Professor of Marketing at ESCP Business School, where he serves as the Scientific Director of the ESCP Research Center on Big Data.

Professor Haenlein holds a Ph.D. from the WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management (2004), and a Habilitation from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (2013). He holds Visiting Positions at Kozminski University in Warsaw (Poland) and the Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland). As a consultant, he has worked with many international companies in various industry sectors such as telecommunications, financial services, technology, and private equity.

Michael’s research interest and expertise deal with analyzing how digital technologies impact a firm’s customer relationship management (CRM) activities. In this space, Michael has examined the relationship between social networks and customer profitability and, more broadly, the concepts of Word-of-Mouth, Social Influence, and Influencer Marketing. More recently, he has focused on Artificial Intelligence.

Professor Haenlein has published in journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS), International Journal of Research in Marketing (IJRM), the California Management Review, and Business Horizons. He counts among the top 50 most cited marketing academics worldwide, based on Google Scholar. Michael is the most cited researcher in the field of Word-of-Mouth, among the top three in the area of Customer Relationship Management and the top five in the field of Social Influence. Since 2020, Michael is included in the Claviate Highly Cited Researchers Ranking. This ranking recognizes the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.


Subject Group Head and Chair, Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Liverpool

Professor Jordi Surroca has been appointed Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Liverpool Management School and Head of the Subject Group of Strategy, IB, and Entrepreneurship. Before joining Liverpool, he was Professor of Strategy & Organization at the University of Groningen, where he also served as Director of the Innovation & Organization Research Program. Previously, he held positions at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Boston College.

Jordi's research interests primarily focus on the intersection of strategic management, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. His articles have appeared in leading management journals, including Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal, among others.