Faculty and Staff: Nicole Darnall
Sustainable business, innovations in environmental governance, stakeholder involvement in environmental governance, green consumerism
Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Policy Analysis
MS Vanderbilt University, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
MA The University of Texas, Economics
Nicole Darnall is Associate Professor of Management and Public Policy, Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Faculty Member of the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University.
For almost two decades Dr. Darnall has been examining firms' self-regulation as it relates to environmental governance and the social context. In particular, she examines why companies undertake these activities, whether companies that self-regulate improve their environmental performance, and whether companies that self-regulate also benefit financially. More recently she has begun to assess consider consumers' interest in firm self-regulation, and the extent to which institutions and firms can influence green consumption.
Dr. Darnall is a Collaborative Visiting Fellow with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Social Science Research Council, and an Erasmus Mundus International Scholar. She has been awarded the Academy of Management, Organizations and Natural Environment (ONE) Division's Emerging Scholar Award, and the George Mason University Emerging Scholar Award for research excellence. Dr. Darnall's scholarship has received distinguished paper recognitions from the Academy of Management and the Decision Science Institute. She sits on the Editorial Review Boards of Journal of Business Ethics and Business & Society.
Dr. Darnall's scholarship has appeared in leading journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Public Administration Review, Journal of Management Studies, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Policy Sciences, and Policy Studies Journal. Her research has been cited in several prominent media outlets, such as The Washington Post, The Economic Times, USA Today, The Times of India, and The Associated Press. Additionally, her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (in Paris), the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, the Economic and Social Research Council/Social Science Research Council, the European Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Before joining Mason in August 2005, Dr. Darnall was Assistant Professor of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. Prior to Dr. Darnall's academic career, she worked at Resources for the Future and was an economist for the U.S. Forest Service.