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Visiting Professor
Name: Jacob Park
Location: 69 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092 Johannesburg Business School
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Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 1808


About Prof Jacob Park

Jacob Park is Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair, and Associate Professor in Castleton University’s College of Business. He serves as the Chair, Regenerative Finance Taskforce and on the Steering Committee of IUCN/World Conservation Union Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy ( and has served as the Coordinating Lead Author of the UN Environment Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Report, Lead Author for the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment initiative, and as an Expert Reviewer for a number of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publications including the Sixth Assessment Report.

He is also Co-Executive Editor of Subsistence Marketplaces, Associate Editor at the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and serves on the editorial boards of Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, and Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies. His co-edited book, Entrepreneurial, Innovative and Sustainable Ecosystems, was published by Springer in 2018, while Crisis of Global Environmental Governance: Towards a New Political Economy of Sustainability was published in 2008 by Routledge and Ecology of the New Economy: Sustainable Transformation of Global Information Technology, Communication, and Electronics Industries was published in 2002 by Greenleaf Publishing.


PhD Erasmus University of Rotterdam

Masters in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelors Degree, University of Chicago

Research Interests

Dr. Park specializes in the social and environmental dimensions of innovation, entrepreneurship, and international business, with special focus/expertise in emerging and developing economies in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Caribbean islands regions.

Select Publications

* “How Social Ventures Grow: Understanding the Role of Philanthropic Financing in Scaling Social Entrepreneurship” (2020) [co-authored with Saurabh Lall] Business & Society

  • “When Not Every Response to Climate Change is a Good One: Defining Criteria for Sustainable Adaptation.” (2011) (co-authored with Siri Eriksen et al) Climate and Development 3: 7–20