Sigrun M Wagner

Sigrun M Wagner, BA, MSc, PhD, SFHEA


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Personal profile

Personal profile

Sigrun is on sabbatical in the academic year 2023-24, complementing her academic expertise in sustainability with some practical perspectives through industry-based placements.

Sigrun was the first Head of the newly created Department for Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship, taking up this role in the School of Business and Management in August 2019 until July 2023, after leading the subject group as convenor from September 2018 to July 2019.

In 2021 she introduced Carbon Literacy Training to the College and helped shape the environmental sustainability strategy.

In 2020 she published a textbook on business and environmental sustainability with Routledge.

Sigrun joined the School in September 2009 as a Teaching Fellow in Strategy and International Business, and became a Lecturer in International Business and Sustainability in 2013, before her promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2015, and to Professor in 2022.

Sigrun completed her PhD at Loughborough University Business School, where she also gained teaching experience at postgraduate and undergraduate level (Cross-Cultural Management, Strategic Management, Business Analysis). She holds a BA in European Studies from the University of Osnabrück (Germany) and an MSc in International Management from Loughborough University. Her doctoral research focused on corporate political activities of MNEs in the EU, specifically in the area of environmental regulations for the automotive industry.

Sigrun has presented and participated at various International Business conferences (Europe and UK) and won the Neil Hood and Stephen Young Prize for Most Original New Work at the AIB UKI conference (Academy of International Business, UK and Ireland chapter), in Portsmouth, 2008, for her doctoral paper presentation. In 2006, she spent two months as Research Fellow at the German Institute for Public Affairs in Berlin. Prior to starting her PhD she gained work experience in Brussels in a policy consultancy.

Sigrun enjoys running, cycling, playing football and piano in her spare time, and engages with her students, colleagues, campus life and research on Twitter @ProfWagner_RHUL.

Academic awards

  • College Team Teaching Commendation, 2022, Royal Holloway
  • College Team Teaching Prize, 2016, Royal Holloway
  • College Excellence Teaching Prize, 2014, Royal Holloway
  • College Team Teaching Prize, 2013, Royal Holloway
  • Neil Hood and Stephen Young Prize for Most Original New Work, awarded at AIB UKI conference (Academy of International Business, UK & Ireland Chapter), Portsmouth, 2008, for doctoral paper
  • Research Studentship of the Business School, Loughborough University (2004-2008)
  • Distinction, MSc International Management, Loughborough University, 2003


Sigrun has taught on the following International Business and Sustainability courses:

  • Responsible Business in Context (Integrating Management Practice 1 - MN3915 and MN3916K)
  • European Business (MN3225 and MN3226K)
  • Business and the Natural Environment (MN2805)
  • Economic and Social Foundations of Sustainable Organisations (MN1125)
  • International Sustainability Management (MN5281)
  • Multinational Enterprises and the Global Economy (MN5191)

Following the publication of a textbook for Routledge in the area of business and environmental sustainability in 2020, she is now co-authoring a book on sustainable engineering.

Sigrun was the Admissions Tutor for the undergraduate BSc Management from 2013 to 2016, where she was responsible, amongst other things, for Open Days and Applicant Visit Days in the student recruitment cycle and application process. She was also the deputy director for the BSc Business Administration, the distance & flexible learning programme offered by the School of Management, from 2011 to 2014. From 2015 to 2019 she was the chair of the exam board for the distance learning programme.

Research interests

  • Environmental Regulations and Sustainability
  • European Union
  • International Business-Government Relations/Lobbying of MNEs
  • Automotive Industry
  • Good practice in teaching
  • Carbon Literacy Training

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals