Bettina initially taught natural sciences and second languages at schools in Canada and Germany. She returned to the University of Alberta to obtain an MBA in International Business as part of a double degree Master’s programme that also allowed her to study at and graduate from the Grenoble École de Management in 2001.
After a spell working at the United Nations climate office in Bonn, she commenced her doctoral studies in Strategic Management at McGill University researching institutional change in the transfer of climate-friendly technology. She completed her PhD at the Judge Business School in Cambridge in 2005. She has since conducted research and teaching at the Wuppertal Institute, Rotterdam School of Management and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. She advises governments and industry on climate policy.
Bettina teaches undergraduate tutorials in Management Studies, particularly Strategic Management, Organisational Behaviour and Analysis as well as General Management. She also conducts lectures in Organisational Behaviour and Analysis. In Hilary Term 2019 she delivered the first ever undergraduate management lecture on climate change and organisations. She has set up a guest speaker series interviewing business practitioners on topics related to leadership, organisational change and diversity (over pizza).
Bettina teaches within the MSc programme at the Oxford University School of the Environment and within the MBA programme at Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
Bettina’s research focuses on the intersection of corporate strategy and climate policy. She currently investigates how the Fukushima accident influenced European policy-making relating to nuclear energy and how companies upscale mitigation options in energy-intensive industries. Bettina has recently been awarded a Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund grant to kick-off an interdisciplinary research collaboration with the Swedish steel association Jernkontoret to investigate transformational change leading to zero-carbon steel production.
Schüssler, E., Rüling, C. and Wittneben, B. 2016. Klimakonferenzen. in Besio and Gateano (eds.) Zum gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit dem Klimawandel. Kooperationen und Kollisionen.
Kiyar, D.; Wittneben, B. 2015. Carbon as Investment Risk—The Influence of Fossil Fuel Divestment on Decision Making at Germany’s Main Power Providers. Energies 8: 9620-9639.
Schüssler, E., Rüling, C. and Wittneben, B. 2014. On Melting Summits: The Limitations of Field-configuring Events as Catalysts of Change in Transnational Climate Policy. Academy of Management Journal 57 (1): 140–171.
Loorbach, D. and Wittneben, B. 2013. Science and Sustainability – A Transition Research Perspective. in Appleton, J. (ed.) Values in Sustainable Development Routledge.
Wittneben, B., Okereke, C., Banerjee, B., and Levy, D. 2012. Climate Change and the Emergence of New Organizational Landscapes. Organization Studies 33(11): 1431-1450.
Kiyar, D. and Wittneben, B. 2012. Nuclear Energy in the European Union After Fukushima: Political and Economic Considerations. CESifo DICE Report, Journal for Institutional Comparisons 10(3): 9-15, ifo Institute, University of Munich.
Okereke, C., Wittneben, B. and Bowen, F. E. 2012. Climate Change: Challenging Business, Transforming Politics. Business & Society 51(1): 7-30.
Wittneben, B. 2011. The Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident on European Energy Policy. Environmental Science & Policy 15(2012): 1-3.
Bowen, F. and Wittneben, B. 2011. Carbon Accounting: Negotiating Accuracy, Consistency and Certainty across Organizational Fields. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 24(8): 1022 – 1036.
Whiteman, G., Dorsey, M. and Wittneben, B. 2010. Business and Biodiversity: They Would Say That. Nature 466: 435.
Wittneben, B and Kiyar, D. 2009. Climate Change Basics for Managers. Management Decision 47(7): 1122-1132.
Wittneben, B. 2009. Exxon is Right: Let’s Re-examine Our Choice for a Cap-and-Trade System over a Carbon Tax. Energy Policy 37: 2462-2464.