Dr. Richard Stones

Department: Honorary Research Fellow - Geography
Discipline: Geography
Research Centre/Unit: CLES

Project Summary

My research, which builds from my PhD, develops my work in business model innovation and advancing resilient strategies. It questions the convention of CSR as responsibility suggesting it is too subjective and relative to be employed as a robust corporate strategy for managing towards sustainable outcomes. My work argues that although responsibility may remain as a moral compass or guiding light to society, the management process should be framed under a more robust and adaptive process of CSR as resilience. This new and innovative model engages change management, transformational practices and employs adaptive co-management, with the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders (including local communities and the environment).

This work has significant impact to many industries and sectors, it has been described by academics and practitioners as ‘cutting-edge’ and ‘agenda-setting’.

Supervisory Team

Not Applicable

Wider Research Interests

I am interested in exploring how this research may be utilised within National Parks, National Marine Parks and Arctic/Polar tourism, and in particular within local cultures. My work looks to develop research into impacts within the Tourism and Events industries, and how engaging stakeholders more robustly, through co-management may mitigate negative impacts.

Authored Publications/Reports

Stones, R. (1st November 2014) Out Of The Shadows: Corporate Environmental Responsibility, Geographical Magazine, Vol 86 (11), 76

Stones, R. (1st January 2018) Stones, R. (TBC: 2019/2020). ‘CSR is Dead’; Long-Live CSR: Arguing that a contemporary paradigm of CSR in natural resource management can evolve, where the process of socio-ecological responsibility shifts to a process of socio-ecological resilience., TBC - Working Paper

Stones, R (1st December 2015) Land, Stewardship, And Legitimacy: Endangered Species Policy in Canada and the United States by Andrea Olive reviewed in, Environmental Values

Stones, R. (20th March 2017) Stones, R. (2017). The Evolving Corporate Role [Tourism] In US National Parks: Yosemite, A Case Study Of Advancing From Corporate Responsibility To Corporate Resilience. University of Exeter. PhD., PhD

Woodley, E., Barr, S., Jones, R., Stones, R., Taylor, L. 2015. () Developing Transformative Learning between Further and Higher Education: exploring geographical debates along the Jurassic Coast. , University of Exeter – internal publication.