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“We need a vision of mankind not as patients whose interests have to be looked after, but as agents who can do effective things—both individually and jointly.”
-Amartya Sen

Joanna Stanberry is a postgraduate researcher at the Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK. She serves on the Private Governance Working Group of the SDG Taskforce.

Her research and practice explore the possibilities of informal learning for sustainability leadership, especially in the context of ‘informed agitation’ for the 2030 Agenda. She has published on historical, governance, ethical, and cross-sector approaches to sustainability leadership. Joanna is the podcast editor for the Journal of Tropical Futures and the co-lead of SDG Action Cumbria, a participatory action research project contextualising the SDGs in North West England.

Previously, she worked for 15 years in New York City in non-profit marketing, tech, finance, and philanthropy. Her field research among the indigenous Aymara and Quechua at a global health NGO in Bolivia and in Brazil with religious organisations explored decolonising leadership development practices and was funded by the Kravis Leadership Institute. She has taught at the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University and has an MA in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University, PA, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA where she was awarded the Edward J. Sexton Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Fellowship.

biodiversity conservationCross Sector Partnershipcultural and natural heritageLeadershipmulti stakeholder collaborationprivate governanceReducing InequalitiesSustainable Consumption and Production

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