This research investigates the environmental issues and corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of Oil and Gas companies from the perspective of Actor-Network Theory (ANT). Actors include traditional human stakeholders, nonhuman biological beings and inorganic artefacts in the network. It examines the effects of climate change policies like sustainable investment on firm comprehensive performance in the Oil and Gas industry. And how case companies take strategic actions and make operational decisions to meet the challenges of climate change.
Quantitative data like Dow Jones sustainability index, FTSE4Good, and GRI Indicators will be collected from data bases like FAME, Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) and analysed to evaluate the case companies CSR performance. Statistical tools including corelation and regression will be adopted to identify the relationship between variables. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews will be utilised to collect qualitative data from stakeholders including managers, supply chain partners and local communities. Grounded Theory or Thematic Analysis will be the main techniques to be used in analysing data. Theoretical concepts and grounded theory models will be developed from interview data.
The findings reveal the case companies CSR performance and environmental issues. This study will make theoretical implications to provide insights into the challenges and opportunities for the oil and gas companies under the current situation of climate change. It offers suggestions for the policy makers and the management of oil and gas companies to deal with the environmental and ethical issues.
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.
How to Apply
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