Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO)

CSaRO researchers focus on corporate social responsibility, as well as ethical, responsible and sustainable governance. We work on various research grants, partnering with academic institutions and leaders within the industry. Our work is both local and international – where we strive to provide cutting-edge solutions for more sustainable outcomes.

What we do

We bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to better understand and promote long-term sustainable and responsible organisational behaviour. We do this by engaging with various stakeholders including the research community, business leaders, policy advisors and the public at large.

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Seminars and Events

Opportunities and Challenges in Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across research and curriculum

CSaRO hosted the succesful SDGs Colloquium on Monday 4 December 2017 at the Deakin Downtown centre in Melbourne, with selected presentations published in Social Business journal. Academics, early career researchers (ECRs) and doctoral students discussed and shared their research ideas, approaches and experiences of integrating SDGs across research, curriculum and within the broad field of business.

Journal of Business Ethics Workshop

CSaRO co-hosted a successful research seminar with the Journal of Business Ethics on Monday 2 October 2017.

How employee friendly is your workplace?

CSaRO hosted a successful lunchtime volunteering event with Volunteering Victoria (VV) on 25 September 2017. Attendees included Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Polonsky and Dr Heather Round from Deakin University and Roz Wollmering and Sue Noble from Volunteering Victoria.

Australia Awards 2018 - Arts and culture as a strategic approach to address extremism in Bangladesh

CSaRO team members, Dr Fara Azmat, Dr Ahmed Ferdous and Professor Ingrid Nielsen, successfully secured DFAT funding of AU$ 125,690 in 2017 for the project titled: Arts and culture as a strategic approach to address extremism in Bangladesh.

The project brought 15 Bangladeshi Ministry officials, and representatives from schools, universities, media and NGOs, to Australia to share knowledge about how arts and culture work as a soft strategic approach to foster harmony and prevent extremism among youths. Outcomes included:

  • an exchange of skills and expertise among the Fellows and their Australian peers about the use of arts and culture to prevent extremism to help engage, empower and include young people; and
  • aid in developing a strong generation of leaders who are able to influence policies, educational curriculum and organising inclusive arts events that foster social harmony.

The funding from DFAT reflects the teams’ commitment for advancing SDGs (particularly SDG 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institution), as well as building positive partnership with stakeholders both nationally and internationally thus contributing towards Faculty’s internationalisation agenda.

Our research groups

PRME Initiative

This group's aim is to globally inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership, including:

  • creating educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments to support effective learning experiences for responsible leadership
  • engaging in conceptual and empirical research to help us understand the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.

Current projects

Our current projects are centred on the core research themes of:

  • the service economy
  • arts governance
  • the complexities of managing domestic and multinational corporate brands
  • the potentials of social entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Keneley, M (2015) The service economy, The Cambridge economic history of Australia, pp. 373–394, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC.

Authored research book
Rentschler,R (2015) Arts governance: people, passion, performance, Routledge, Abingdon, England.

RME and CG

Researchers in this group study the governance and economics of sustainable practices and responsible behaviours.

Current projects

Our current projects are centred on the core research themes of:

  • corporate governance and organisational performance
  • managing the risks of carbon and climate change
  • sustainable investment and environmental policies
  • financial econometrics.

Employee Health and Wellbeing

Covering three broad themes, this group focuses on:

  • assessing the levels of health and wellbeing across working populations
  • identifying the sources and consequences of health-related outcomes such as job stress and employee engagement
  • developing and evaluating strategies that can promote employee wellbeing and enhance organisational effectiveness.

Current projects

  • Exploring the work and health-related experiences of immigrant managers from the Asia–Pacific region
  • Identifying the impact of HR policies and practices on employee wellbeing, capability, and commitment
  • Measuring the effectiveness of comprehensive job stress prevention programs

Impacts of Marketing

This research group examines the broader effects of marketing on society, specifically the impact on:

  • individuals
  • cultures
  • the environment.

Current projects

  • Consumer decision-making in essential services
  • The adoption of green car technology
  • Motives to participate in the arts
  • Ethical consumerism
  • Food marketing to children
  • Volunteerism and its effects on subjective quality of life

Research Developments

Asia TOPA: A Cultural Impact Project

Andrea North-Samardzic partnered with the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australia Council on the Asia TOPA: A Cultural Impact Project, to investigate the impact of Melbourne’s inaugural Asia TOPA festival on the Victorian arts sector cultural leadership, philanthropic leadership, and sector and audience development.

Blood From Everyone, For Everyone

Alfred Deakin Professor Michael Polonsky was one of a group of researchers from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Deakin University, the Centre for Health and Social Research, Australian Catholic University and Western Sydney University, who explored ways to increase blood donation rates in the African Australian community, as part of an ARC Linkage Grant (LP120200065). The study surveyed the social, sociological and cultural barriers to blood donation, which led to the creation of a social marketing campaign targeting communities in Melbourne and Adelaide. The campaign increased knowledge of blood donation and also made people feel they were part of the wider Australian Community.

Our team


Alfred Deakin Professor
Professor Michael Polonsky

Dr Fara Azmat

Deakin Learning Futures

Senior Lecturer 
Dr Harsh Suri

Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer 
Dr Cahit Guven

Department of Finance

Senior Lecturer 
Dr Ameeta Jain

Senior Lecturer

Dr Robert Xiao

Department of Management

Department of Marketing

Professor Of Marketing 
Professor Rohit Varman
Associate Professor 
Associate Professor Andrea Vocino
Lecturer in Marketing 
Dr Ahmed Ferdous

Associate members

Associate Lecturer
Dr Justyna Sobczyk

Contact us

Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations
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Faculty of Business and Law
Deakin University
Melbourne Burwood Campus 
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood Victoria 3125