Robert Girling


Professor Robert Girling received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and has taught and consulted in 20 different countries. Most recently he has served as a consultant to the Caribbean Development Bank on sustainable development strategies for the island of Dominica and as an organizer of the 2006 and 2007 Sustainable Enterprise Conferences on Tools for Sustainable Businesses and Communities.

His previous professional experience includes teaching at the Federal University of Bahia where he was co-founder of the LIDERE Project and International Project Director, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, the University of the West Indies and American University in Washington D.C. He has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Center for Research on Women. He has served as Director of Regional Development for the Government of Jamaica, president of the CFA faculty union, as co-chair of the University Academic Planning Committee, as a member of the California State University Senate, and on the boards of non-governmental organizations.

He is a founder of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference series and serves on the Advisory Board of the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster. Prof Girling is the author of over 50 articles and books including Structures of Dependency (1973); Multinational Institutions and the Third World (1985); Education: Management and Participation (1990); A Escola Participativa (1998). He is currently researching the topic of corporate social responsibility. He has received awards for his teaching and research and is currently a Fulbright Senior Scholar for the period 2005-2010.