Michelle Brown

Deputy Director Social Responsibility & Sustainability (SRS) and Head of SRS Programmes


At the University of Edinburgh, I oversee our staff, student, community engagement and communications. I am responsible for ensuring effective programmes to support our goals and ambitions for zero carbon and zero waste, circular economy, responsible investment and supply chains, and community engagement.  

I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2014 bringing nearly 20 years of cross-sectoral international experience.   I have worked with a range of organisations on sustainability, human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals in mainland China and Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, parts of Africa, the UK and Canada.  

Prior to joining the department, I was a Director in CSR Asia and was also director of an international NGO in mainland China and led organisations and programmes in Vietnam and in Canada.  Over the years I have worked as a consultant for various multinational companies, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank and for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and for numerous international development and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  I continue to be involved in a range of diverse projects locally and internationally.  I was an adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Technology leading executive education on business and human rights and community engagement.  I paused work towards my PhD at the University of Hong Kong  due to family and work requirements and hold an MA in Development Studies and a BA in Sociology.  I am a lifelong learner interested in sustainable business, the environment and human rights and building organisational capacity to integrate these issues  so that people and planet can flourish.  

I am a Fellow of ICRS (Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability) and IEMA (worldwide alliance of environment and sustainability professionals).