University of Edinburgh Business School

Professor Kenneth Amaeshi

Chair in Business and Sustainable Development and Director of the Sustainable Business Initiative

  View Kenneth's staff profile on the Business School website


BPhil (Rome), PGCE (Cranfield), MSc Economics (Hull), MBA (Nottingham), PhD International Political Economy (Warwick)

Kenneth joined the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Following a career in management consultancy, he held positions at the Cranfield School of Management and the University of Warwick (Warwick Business School and Warwick Manufacturing Group, respectively). He was a Chevening Scholar, a Scholar of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Nottingham, and a Visiting Scholar at Said Business School, University of Oxford (where he is currently an External Examiner).

Kenneth's research interest currently focuses on sector-level policies for sustainability and sustainability strategy in organisations. He has an expert level knowledge of developing and emerging economies. He has an extensive network in Africa. He was recently a Scholar in Residence at the National Pension Commission, Nigeria, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Strategy and Governance at the Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

Besides teaching and researching, Kenneth works closely with businesses and governments in Africa, Europe, and  Asia. He leads executive capacity building engagements and consultancy projects in the broad areas of sustainable finance, sustainability strategy, leadership, ethics, and governance.



The Africapitalism research project seeks to explore the constraint, enablers and framing of the private sector in Africa’s sustainable development.


Professor Kenneth Amaeshi appears on Channels TV to discuss Sustainable Development in Nigeria

19 Apr 2017

The SBI director offered his opinion of the Nigerian government's new Economic Recovery Plan on the Channels TV Business Morning Show.

Africapitalism: resuscitating a continent

29 Nov 2016

A thought piece written by Professor Kenneth Amaeshi on Africapitalism is published in the African Business Review.

Brexit | Controlling big business in a post-Brexit world: Can the UK cope alone?

11 Aug 2016

The Brexit vote has been called a victory against big business. But Professor Kenneth Amaeshi says it was a missed opportunity to grasp responsible capitalism.

Congratulations: SBI’s Dr Kenneth Amaeshi Elected as EAUC Board Member

26 May 2016

SBI are delighted that Director Kenneth Amaeshi has been elected to join the Board of Trustees for the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC).

Building Banking On Values: SBI Director on Voice America Radio Show

18 May 2016

Dr Kenneth Amaeshi, SBI Director, was hosted on the Voice America Radio Show and spoke on the current trends of global values, and whether research can influence strategy and organisational change in banking.

SBI Summer School: Global Issues of Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance

11 May 2016

If you are a student who has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study, we would love for you to join us on our exciting summer course run by Dr. Kenneth Amaeshi, the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) Director.

SBI Director on Corporate Tax

11 May 2016

With the recent release of the ‘Panama Papers’ and the leaking of information from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, which assists clients set up companies in offshore tax regimes, questions have been over the morality and legality of tax havens.

SBI Director on Corporate Tax

18 Apr 2016

Kenneth Amaeshi has published an article in light of the recent release of the 'Panama Papers'.

Finance for the Future Launch Event

25 Feb 2016

SBI recently hosted a Finance for Future Launch Event as part of their innovative learning week festival.

ILW Challenge: Transport Congestion, Food and Material Waste

25 Feb 2016

Students competed in a new circular economy challenge as part of SBI's innovative learning week events.

Sustainability strategy, leadership and management masterclass

2 Aug 2015

A very successful sustainability strategy, leadership and management masterclass was run in summer 2015 with many delegates from the UK, Europe, China and Nigeria.

Finance for the future awards Scottish heat

29 Jun 2015

The Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) and the University of Edinburgh Business School were honoured to host the Finance for the Future Awards inaugural regional Scottish Heat on 23rd June 2015.


Shell Nigeria’s Global Memorandum of understanding and corporate-community accountability relations: A critical appraisal

Egbon, Idemudia and Amaeshi. (2018) Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal 31 (1). 51-74.

Drilling their own graves: How the European oil and gas supermajors avoid sustainability tensions through mythmaking

Ferns, Amaeshi and Lambert. (2017) Journal of Business Ethics. 1-31.

Mapping the business systems of 61 major economies: A taxonomy and implications for varieties of capitalism and business systems research

Witt, Kabbach de Castro, Amaeshi, Mahroum, Bohle and Saez. (2017) Socio-Economic Review. 1-34.

Struggles at the summits: Discourse coalitions, field boundaries, and the shifting role of business in sustainable development

Ferns and Amaeshi. (2017) Business & Society. 1-39.

Neither principles nor rules: Making corporate governance work in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nakpodia, Adegbite, Amaeshi and Owolabi. (2016) Journal of Business Ethics.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Amaeshi, Okupe and Ismail. (2016) 1. 12-23.

Corporate social responsibility in SMEs: A shift from philanthropy to institutional works?

Amaeshi, Adegbite, Ogbechie, Idemudia, Kan, Issa and Anakwue. (2015) Journal of Business Ethics.

Africapitalism: A management idea for business in Africa?

Amaeshi and Idemudia. (2015) Africa Journal of Mangement 1 (2). 210-223.

Corporate social responsibility in challenging and non-enabling institutional contexts: Do institutional voids matter?

Amaeshi, Adegbite and Rajwani. (2014) Journal of Business Ethics.

Reciprocity as a Way forward for Diversity Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Research

Amaeshi. (2014).

Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Relations in Africa:: Evidence from the Nigerian Banking Sector

Amaeshi, Adeleye and Amao. (2014).

Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Amaeshi and Nnodim, P. (2012).

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