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Tobias Finke

Research student

D44b Charles Carter Building Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YX


United Kingdom

Research overview


My doctoral research examines why companies fail to respond to climate change. I contribute to this timely, increasingly important and acknowledged field of research by specifically focusing on barriers to business interaction that impede responding to climate change. To do so, I adopt a network approach (Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group) to analyse empirical insights gained from multiple in-depth case studies in the context of the UK Energy supply sector.

Research Grants


Received a PhD Placement Grant from the UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (Newton Fund) to conduct a three months research project at Nankai University in China.



Before joining LUMS in 2014, I studied and worked in an international environment for five years. Most recently, I completed an MLitt degree in International Business (with distinction) at the University of St Andrews. Through several internships at multinational corporations like IBM and Infineon Technologies, I was able to gain valuable work experiences and to build a strong network in the field of management consulting, project management and strategic development. Furthermore, I participated in a Summer School programme on Climate Change at the University of Cambridge. In 2016, I spend three months at Nankai University in China to conduct a research project funded by the UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund (Newton Fund) which was set up jointly by the British Council and the China Scholarship Council.

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