Dr Martin Brueckner
BBus, MBus, PhD

Senior Lecturer

About me

I am an educator and researcher in the sustainability field, and over the last fourteen years I have worked in a variety of teaching and research capacities across different disciplines and universities with a focus on sustainability with a social and natural justice lens.  I have worked within the areas of social science and natural science as well as business management and economics.

I am originally from Germany where I completed a Preliminary Certificate in Business at the Free University in Berlin in 1993.  After one year of study at Georgia Southern University, I completed my undergraduate studies in management and economics at Edith Cowan University in 1996 and then completed a Masters by research thesis in 1998.  My interest in sustainability then led me to an interdisciplinary PhD candidature during which I analysed environmental policy-making in Western Australia based on the national Regional Forest Agreement process with a focus on public participation and the role of science.  After graduating from Edith Cowan University in 2004 I held a series of research and teaching positions at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University.

I have a research interest in the politics and political economy of sustainable development, environmental politics, corporate social responsibility and social enterprise.

I joined the Sustainability Programme and the former Institute for Social Sustainability at Murdoch University in January 2012.  I am a co-founder and co-director of the Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability - a multidisciplinary hub for teaching and research that endeavours to shape new thinking and practice on key aspects of responsible citizenship: responsible governance, ecological citizenship, responsible management, human rights, social justice, sustainable development, social enterprise, volunteering and service learning. I am also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility and board member of the Global Corporate Governance Institute.

Teaching area

Over the last 14 years I have taught a variety of both graduate and undergraduate classes across different disciplines in units such as environmental and resource economics, sustainable production and consumption, sociology of environmentalism as well as environmental issues in business and contemporary governance.

Presently, I am responsible for SUS305 “Economics of SustainabilitySUS100 “Introduction to Sustainable Development and SUS250 “Special Topics in Sustainability: Living Smart. I also present guest lectures in BBS150 “Transforming Business, POL161 “Understanding International Politics, BRD205 “Transitions to a Postcarbon Society and ENV245 “Global and Regional Sustainability.

Research areas

Research interests:

  • industry-community relations;
  • corproate social responsibility and corporate governance;
  • sustainable communities;
  • regional sustainability; and
  • politics and political economy of sustainable development.

Current projects

  • Indigenous Entrepreneurship – Closing the gap on local terms in East Arnhem Land

‘Closing the Gap’ between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians is a long-running federal government policy priority. Against this background, this study explores the role of social entrepreneurship in remote Aboriginal communities in NE Arnhem Land (NT), focusing on initiatives currently underway at Nuwul Environmental Services in the town of Yirrkala. This small community-run social enterprise provides employment and training opportunities for local Yolngu whilst also working to maintain cultural knowledge and providing critical environmental services. The aim of the study is to identify whether social entrepreneurship contributes to the success of these local initiatives and to determine the transferability to Indigenous communities elsewhere.

  • Pathways to renewable energy transitions. A German-Australian comparison

Inter-country comparisons in the renewable energy field commonly focus on the evolutionary development of countries’ renewable energy capacities. They merely identify technological deficiencies and often arrive at generic policy recommendations concerning the transfer of solutions proven effective elsewhere. In contrast, this study seeks to develop a methodology for the identification of energy development paths that is sensitive to country-specific contexts, allowing a more nuanced assessment of technology and policy transfer options between countries. The research focuses of the energy paths of the Cities of Fremantle (Australia) and Landau (Germany) to develop baseline data for a larger bilateral comparison.

Awards and grants

Grants
  • School of Social Science and Humanities 2012 (Brueckner): $4000
  • School of Business and Governance Seed Funding 2013 (Brueckner & Spencer): $9000
  • Miwatj Aboriginal Health Research Grant 2013 (Brueckner & Spencer): $17,628
  • CAESIE Priming Grant 2013 (Brueckner): $5000
  • CAESIE Stage 2 Grant 2014 (Brueckner): $5000
  • Murdoch University Small Grants Scheme 2014 (Brueckner & Spencer): $14,960
  • School of Business and Governance Small Research Grant 2014 (Brueckner & Spencer): $3500
  • School of Business and Governance Small research Grant 2014 (Brueckner & Anda): $2500
  • School of Business and Governance Small Research Grant 2015 (Brueckner): $2500
  • School of Business and Governance Small Research Grant 2015 (Spencer & Brueckner): $3500
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Phase 2: Adaptation Networks (SEI Network) 2015 (Murdoch Component Spencer & Brueckner): $395,000
  • School of Business and Governance Seed Money Grant 2015: $5500
  • Business case for the ‘connecting sites of outstanding biodiversity’ project for the Great Southern Development Commission (Hodgson et al. 2015): $19,800
  • School of Business and Governance Small Research Grant 2016 (Ellis & Brueckner): $2500
  • School of Business and Governance Small Research Grant 2016 (Brueckner & Hodgson): $2000

Awards

  • Winner of 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence*
  • Nomination and shortlisting for Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature** – 2011
  • Curtin Business School Book of the Year Prize** – 2011
**  Spencer, R., Brueckner, M., Wise, G. & Marika, B. (2016). Measuring performance: A story of ‘closing the gap’ through Indigenous social enterprise. Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy. 10(4): 397-424.
* Martin Brueckner & Dyann Ross (2010). Under corporate skies: A struggle between people, place and profits. Perth: Fremantle Press.

Events and speaking engagements

  • 5 May 2016. CSR at risk? Invited guest lecture at Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
  • 6 April 2016. Social licence as basis of future business success. Keynote address at German CSR Forum (Ludwigsburg).
  • 8 October 2015.  CSR … panacea or lost cause?  Invited guest lecture at Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
  • 7 May 2015. CSR … as good as necessary?  Invited guest lecture at Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
  • 24 October 2014. Sustainability in mining: Some critical prompts. Presentation given at Hyder Connect. Hyder Consulting, Perth.
  • 24 October 2014. ‘Comments on corporate social responsibility’. Invited guest lecture at Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
  • 8th May 2014. ‘Corporate social responsibility: Good policy or good politics’. Invited guest lecture at Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
  • 17th October 2013. ‘Corporate social responsibility: Problems and solutions’. Invited guest lecture at Governance Institute of Australia Ltd.
  • 16th May 2013. ‘Corporate social responsibility: Critical perspectives’. Invited guest lecture at Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.
  • 4th October 2012. ‘Corporate social responsibility: ‘Critical perspectives’. Invited guest lecture at Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.
  • 10th May 2012. ‘A critical exploration of corporate social responsibility’. Invited guest lecture at Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.
  • 5th May 2011. ‘Corporate social responsibility: A critical evaluation’ Invited guest lecture at Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.
  • 10th November 2010. ‘Critical reflections on CSR’. Invited guest lecture at UWA – Business School
  • 21st October 2010. ‘Reflections on power and process’. Invited guest lecture for Public Participation Forum. School of Built Environment- Curtin University.
  • 4th October 2010. ‘Corporate social responsibility: Promises, fallacies and problems’ Invited guest lecture at Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd.
  • 20th August 2010. ‘Under corporate skies’. Public Lecture at Curtin Corner. John Curtin Institute for Public Policy – Curtin University
  • 16th September 2010.  ‘WA Inc’. Invited guest lecture at Murdoch University – School of Sustainability
  • 29th July 2010. ‘Under corporate skies’.  Public seminar for UWA extension.

Professional and community service

  • International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility - Editorial Board Member
  • Centre for Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability – Co-Director
  • Global Corporate Governance Institute – Board Member
  • CSR Forum Europe – Academic Board Member

Doctoral and masters supervisions

PhD candidatures currently under supervision:

Mark Cooper    An Ecological Theory of Value

Esther Harris   ”African Minerals Sector Policy and Knowledge Infrastructure Development

Brent McKenna “Development Boom Bust Cycles in the Pilbara: A critical analysis of “sustainable” development agendas”

Rizki Prafitri “CSR audit for CSR programs in Indonesia’s agricultural sector”

Charles Roche – “Community sustainability in mining“

Christel Ramloll “The impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) legislation in Mauritius”

Mitrabinda Singh “An evaluation of the role of environmental management systems (EMSs) in waste minimization in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Delhi and Noida”

Annette Watkins “The sustainability and universities debate. Social contracts or business contracts?”

 

Completed research projects

Sally Paulin  Finding the gaps; Interrogating the discourse of who cares for the environment as designed by policy writers and experienced by the do-ers …the group“ (PhD)

Neville Ellis  “Sense of place and farmers’ capacity to adapt to a changing climate” (PhD)

Anthea Wesley  The socio-political construction of corporate social responsibility: An investigation into policy and practice of the resource sector in Western Australia(PhD)

Thi Tu Anh Hoang  ”Social enterprise and sustainable development in Vietnam” (MA)

Santini Jeyabalan  Impact of sea water incursion and rising ground water salinity levels on the West End Heritage precinct of Fremantle” (MA)

Jenna Davis  “An overview of current conceptions of social enterprise in Western Australia” (MA)

Joey Hester “In case Australia ForgETS: On the nature and implications of emissions trading in Australia” (MA)

Catherine Korshamn “Sustainability strategy” (MA)

Verity Morgan-Schmidt – An examination of the central concepts of intentional eco-communities” (MA)

Chilekwa Mwaba  “On the governance of mining in Zambia” (MA)

 

Publications

Journal Articles

Books

Textbooks

  • Brueckner, M. (2011). The business with the environment: A (different) reader. 2nd edition. Melbourne: Cengage.

Book Chapters / Conference Papers

  • Pforr, C. Locher, C. & Brueckner, M. (2017). Indigener Tourismus in Australien im Zeichen der traditionellen Buschmedizin. In: Pforr, C. & Reiser, D. (eds) Tourismus in Australien und Neuseeland. (pp. 193-205). Berlin: de Gruyter Oldenbourg.
  • Brueckner, M., Spencer, R., Paull, M., Girardi, A. & Klomp, S. & (in print). Journeying towards Responsible Citizenship and Sustainability. In Arevalo, J.A. & Mitchell, S.F. (eds). Handbook of Sustainability in Management Education: In Search of a Multidisciplinary, Innovative and Integrated Approach. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, US: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Brueckner, M., Jehling, M. & Hitzeroth, M. (2017). Landscapes as mirrors of local energy transitions: A comparative approach using an institutional lens. Paper presented at World Renewable Energy Congress XVI, Perth, Western Australia (5th-9th February)
  • Brueckner, M., Bice, S. & Pforr, C. (2016). Social Licence in Context: On the differences in the interplay of social, actuarial and political licences across varieties of capitalist systems and their implications for CSR. Paper presented at the Third International CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance Conference, Cologne, Germany (1st – 3rd August).
  • Dhakal, S. & Brueckner, M. (2016). Exploring the Linkages between Corporate Social Responsibility and Disaster Prevention & Management. Paper presented at the Third International CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance Conference, Cologne, Germany (1st – 3rd August).
  • Anda, M., Brueckner, M., and Haigh, Y. 2016. “Transitions to a Post-carbon Society: Scenarios for Western Australia.”  In Renewable Energy in the Service of Mankind Vol II: Selected Topics from the World Renewable Energy Congress WREC 2014, ed. Ali Sayigh, 147-162. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Hitzeroth, M. Jehling, M. & Brueckner, M. (2015). Identifying institutional development paths of local energy transitions. Paper presented at Energy Landscapes Conference, Dresden, Germany (16th-18th September)
  • Bice, S., Brueckner, M. & Pforr, C. (2015). Risky business. On the interplay between social, actuarial and political risks and licences. Paper presented at the Second International CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance Conference, Nanjing, China (29th – 31st July)
  • Anda, M., Brueckner, M. Haigh, Y. (2014). Transitions to a Post Carbon Society: Scenarios for Western Australia. Paper presented at World Renewable Energy Congress XIII, London, UK (3rd- 8th August 2014)
  • Brueckner, M., Durey, A., Mayes, R. & Pforr, C. (2014). Curse or cure? Revisiting state, capital and resources. In Brueckner, M., Durey, A., Mayes, R. & Pforr, C. (eds). Resource curse or cure: On the sustainability of resource development in Western Australia (pp. 273-290). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M., Durey, A., Mayes, R. & Pforr, C. (2014). Confronting the ‘resource curse or cure’ binary.  In Brueckner, M., Durey, A., Mayes, R. & Pforr, C. (eds). Resource curse or cure: On the sustainability of resource development in Western Australia (pp. 3-23). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M. (2014).  On the social sustainability of development in Western Australia: A community perspective. In Brueckner, M., Durey, A., Mayes, R. & Pforr, C. (eds). Resource curse or cure: On the sustainability of resource development in Western Australia (pp. 239-255). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Wesley, A, Brueckner, M., Pforr, C. & MacCallum, D. (2013). Corporate Social Responsibility: A Governable Space. In Okpara, J.O. & Idowu, S.O. (eds.) Corporate Social Responsibility. Challenges, Opportunities’ and Strategies for 21st Century Leaders. (pp. 35-50). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M., Paulin, S., Davis, J. & Chatterjee, S. (2013). Social Business: Enterprising at the Bottom of the Top of the Pyramid. In Westover J. (ed). Social Enterprise and Microfinance (pp. 1-21). Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground.
  • Brueckner, M. (2013). Fortune at the bottom of the pyramid (Prahalad). In S. Idowu, Capaldi, N., Zu, L. & Das Gupta, A. Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility (Vol 2: pp. 1149-1154). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M. (2013). Corporation as psychopath. In S. Idowu, Capaldi, N., Zu, L. & Das Gupta, A. Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. (Vol 1: pp. 613-618) Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M. (2013). Profit maximisation. In S. Idowu, Capaldi, N., Zu, L. & Das Gupta, A. Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. (Vol 3: pp. 1921-1927) Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Boxer, L.J. & Brueckner, M. (2013). Environmental management systems. In S. Idowu, Capaldi, N., Zu, L. & Das Gupta, A. Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility. (Vol 2: pp. 1001-1006) Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M., Pearson, C., Chatterjee, S., Wise, G. & Marika, B. (2011) Indigenous entrepreneurship: closing the gap on local terms. In Proceedings of the 12th international conference of the Society for Global Business & Economic Development, edited by Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBED), 1820-1829, Singapore: Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBED), 2011.
  • Pforr, C and Brueckner, M. (2011). Tourism strategy through partnership rhetoric or reality? A case example from Australia.” Paper presented at the International conference on tourism – tourism in an era of uncertainty, Rhodes Island, Greece, April 27.
  • Brueckner, M. and Pforr, C. (2011). Global environmental issues. In Theory and practice of corporate social responsibility, edited by Samuel O. Idowu, Celine Louche, 73-88. Germany: Springer.
  • Brueckner, M., Pearson, C.A., Chatterjee, S. Wise, G. & Marika, B. (2011). Indigenous Entrepreneurship: Closing the gap on Local terms. Paper presented at 12th SGBED Conference in Singapore. (21st -24th July).
  • Brueckner, M., Paulin, S., Davis, J. & Chatterjee, S. (2010). The bottom at the top of the pyramid: A case for social enterprise? Paper presented at 6th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. (5th-7th January) University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador.
  • Brueckner, M. (2009). Balancing people, place and prosperity: lessons from Western Australia. In Wealth and prosperity of nations in the period of global transformation symposium, edited by Christof Pforr, Bella Butler and Werner Soontiens, Perth, Western Australia: Curtin University of Technology.
  • Stone, L. & Brueckner, M. (2006) Sustainability Management: The missing link in management education. In R. Welford, P. Hills & W. Young (eds.) Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region. (pp.295-320) The Centre for Urban Planning and Environmental Management, University of Hong Kong: Hong Kong.
  • Brueckner, M. (2005). Systemic forest health: the changing role of public participation in WA forest policy and management.  Proceedings of the 6th National Conference of the Australian Forest History Society Inc. (pp.181-192) Rotterdam: Millpress.
  • Brueckner, M. (2004). Trees, Science, and Public Processes: A Western Australian Experience. In F. Biermann, S. Campe, K. Jacob, (eds.). Proceedings of the 2002 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Knowledge for the Sustainability Transition. The Challenge for Social Science”, (pp.214-227) Global Governance Project: Amsterdam, Berlin, Potsdam and Oldenburg.
  • Brueckner, M. (2004). The Need for New Environmental Politics for Native Forests. In Recher, H. & P. Garnett (eds.). Environmental Issues in Western Australia (pp.88-89).
  • Halpin, D. & Brueckner, M. (2004). The retail pricing, labelling and promotion of organic food in Australia. In D. Halpin (ed.). The Australian Organic Industry: A Profile (pp.64-88). Canberra: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
  • Halpin, D. & Brueckner, M. (2004). Australia / Oceania – Organic Farming in Australia. In H. Willer and M. Yussefi (eds). The World of Organic Agriculture – Statistics and Emerging Trends – 2004 (pp.81-85).  Bonn: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.
  • McKenna, R & Brueckner, M. (2003). Yönetim Eðitiminde Ýþbirliðinin Önündeki Güçlükler. In O.N. Babüroðlu Eðitimin Geleceði: Üniversitelerin ve Eðitimin Deðiºen Paradigmasý (pp.287-300). Istanbul: Sabanci Universitesi.
  • Brueckner, M. (2002). Trees, Science, and Public Processes: A Western Australian Experience. In F. Biermann, S. Campe, K. Jacob, (eds.) (2004). Proceedings of the 2002 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Knowledge for the Sustainability Transition. The Challenge for Social Science. (pp.214-227). Global Governance Project: Berlin.
  • McKenna, R., & Brueckner, M. (2000). Challenges to collaboration in management education. In O. Babüroglu, M. Emery & Associates (Eds.), Educational Futures. Shifting Paradigm of Universities and Education (pp.191-202). Istanbul: Sabanci University.