Diane Holt (BSc, MSc, PhD) joined Essex Business School in November 2013. Previously she held posts at Queen’s University Belfast (2007-2013) and Middlesex University Business School (1996-2007). Previous duties have included designing and delivering a suite of postgraduate Masters programmes in the sustainability area whilst at Queen’s. She also spent 1.5 years seconded to Middlesex University's Dubai campus responsible for the roll out of the Business Programmes and she also held a role as Deputy Director of the campus.
She has published over 70 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers in the areas such as green supply chain management, sustainability discourse, ecopreneuring, and the role of business in development.
She was the principal investigator on the ESRC funded Trickle Out Africa Project which considers the impact of social and environmental enterprises on poverty alleviation and sustainable development across the 19 countries of Southern and Eastern Africa. During 2011 and 2012 she spent 24 weeks on fieldwork in Kenya, Zambia and South Africa as part of this research project. The online Trickle Out Directory now lists over 4000 social purpose ventures. She has also held grants from the British Council, British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation, and has won over £600K of external funding since 2009.
She is currently leading the ESRC-NRF South Africa PhD partnering programme SASIE (2015-2018) on social innovation and social entrepreneurship in association with Universities of Wits, Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan. Recent awards also include a Newton Advanced Fellowship with Dr Silvia Pinheiro from Brazil on "Inclusion and formalization of Amazonian informal entrepreneurs into MNC value chains - mechanisms, partnerships and impacts"