Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Edward

Lecturer in International Business Management



1982 BA(Hons), Engineering, University of Cambridge

1987 Chartered Engineer, Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (C Eng, MICE)

2004 MA (with Distinction), Development Studies, University of Manchester

2010 PhD “Post-Foundationalism, Social Transformation and the coming Third Industrial Revolution”, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge


Previous Positions

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Management Consultancy (1995-2002)

Principal Consultant and programme manager with particular focus on developing and implementing business change and business process re-engineering programmes, and on the privatisation of government services through public-private partnerships

Various appointments as a civil engineer (1983 to 1995), including:

Three years as business manager of a commercial research laboratory testing building and civil engineering structures and components. General experience of management and marketing.

Seven years as a consulting civil engineer, with Halcrow consulting engineers, designing infrastructure projects including harbours, roads and dams

Two years as site engineer in the Sultanate of Oman with Taylor Woodrow International civil engineering contractors


Member of Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng MICE)

Former Convener of Business and Development Study Group, Development Studies Association (DSA)


Research Interests

·         Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business Ethics

·         Microfinance and social enterprise

·         Role of emerging economies in international development

·         Impact of global economic growth on poverty and inequality

·         Role of business in society, with particular reference to how society responds to major global challenges such as climate change and poverty

·         Theory and practice of social transformation

·         Use of contingency approaches in complexity science and post-structural theory to understand processes of change in individual behaviour and in social practices

·         Relevance of new insights into the embodied mind for understanding the interdependence of the material and the social world

·         Connections between developments in cognitive neuroscience and complexity theory, psychoanalysis and post-structural social theory


Esteem Indicators

Peter’s research on poverty and inequality has been included in publications for development practitioners by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has been included in various policy documents by NGOs and has been cited in evidence to UK Government select committee by the reformist think-tank the New Economics Foundation.



Poverty, Inequality and Growth; Business in Society; CSR and corporate citizenship; International Development; Social Transformation; Cognitive Neuroscience; Complexity Theory; Post-structuralism and Post-foundationalism; Embodiment; Lacan


Undergraduate Teaching

BUS2024 International Business Environment

BUS3017 Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

Postgraduate Teaching

NBS8045 International Business Environment

NBS8489 Business Analysis for Decision Making (MBA)

NBS8493 Corporate Social Responsibility (MBA)

NBS8513 Role of Business in Society

NBS8523 Individual Project (MBA)