School of Earth and Environment

William Young Professor William Young

Inst Co-Director of SRI; Professor of Sustainability and Business

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31640
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Room: 9.106

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I am an environmental social scientist has who developed innovative interdisciplinary methods and strategies for managers in organisations to measure and significantly improve their environmental and sustainability performance. I do this in two ways:

  1. Develop decision-making tools for managers to measure and manage the environmental and social impacts of their organisation’s activities. For example, my project with 10 carpet manufacturers measured the resource use and emissions of their products and produced sector-wide strategies to significantly reduce environmental impacts).
  2. Develop methods for managers to change the environmental behaviour of their employees and customers. For example my project with Asda (part of Walmart) identifies and tests the best methods for Asda to influence its customers’ food waste at home.

William's leadership roles include:

  • Head of the BOSS (Business & Organisations for Sustainable Societies) Research Group (;
  • Organiser of the Corporate Responsibility Research Conference (; and,
  • Chair of the Education for Sustainable Development Network at the University of Leeds (


BSc (Hons) (Environmental Biology). MSc (Environmental Science). PhD (Sustainable Business).

Teaching Interests

  • SOEE1390 Introduction to Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility: module leader.
  • SOEE1610 Introduction to Creating Sustainable Futures.
  • SOEE5041M Standards & Tools for Business, Environment & Corporate Social Responsibility: module leader.
  • BA Environment & Business and MSc Sustainability projects and dissertations supervision.