SLGP Director & Lecturer

Dr. BURNETT Margaret Julia

BA (McGill), MA (Waterloo), PhD (HKU)
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Dr. Burnett specializes in the development of strategies on matters of sustainability, design and implementation of stakeholder engagement, enhancing the role of trust in governance, and bespoke training and learning for organizational change. She has worked directly with organizations to demonstrate the benefits of embedding sustainability working working with clients, partners and stakeholders in the community to move from risk management to identifying opportunities. She has also developed and delivered training, workshops, and lectures to a variety of audiences including executive education in order to support the bridge between theory and practice. She is now the programme director of MSocSc in Sustainability Leadership and Governance (SLG) (formerly known as Corporate Environmental Governance (CEGP)).

2004The University of Hong Kong
PhD (Centre of Urban Planning & Environmental Mgt.)
1993University of Waterloo, Canada
MA (Regional Planning and Resource Development (SURP))
1989McGill University, Canada
BA (Economic/Human Geography) (Distinction)
Professional & Community Services
2016-PresentThe University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Programme Director, MSocSc in Sustainability Leadership and Governance (SLG) (formerly known as Corporate Environmental Governance (CEGP) and Lecturer
2009–2011Business Environment Council
Head of Corporate Sustainability


2012 – 2016The Purpose Business, Thought Leadership, Lead Consultant
2006-2008The University of Hong Kong
Senior Project Officer
1998-1999The University of Hong Kong
Research Assistant

Selected Publication

Margaret Burnett, “Trust: the cornerstone of governance.” South China Morning Post, Observer; Saturday January 19, 2008, pg. A14.

Margaret Burnett, Peter Hills, Stephen Tsang, Sonja Studer, Richard Welford (2007) “Measuring Trust in Government: A Hong Kong Perspective.” International Public Management Review – electronic Journal at Volume 9, Issue 2, 2008. © International Public Management Network

Peter Hills & Margaret Burnett (2007) “Trust and Environmental Reform in Hong Kong: A Hong Kong Perspective on the Dimensions of Trust in Government.” Working paper Kadoorie Institute.

Margaret Burnett & Stephen Frost (2007) “Case Study: the Apple iPod in China” Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 14, 103-113. Wiley InterScience.

Margaret Burnett & Richard Welford (2007) “Case Study: Coca-Cola and Water in India 2.” Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Vol 14 Issue 5 pg. 298-304 Wiley InterScience.

Honorary Senior Advisor
Dr. LIAO Sarah
Deputy Director
Dr. CHAN Elaine
Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer
Dr. LAW Winnie
SLGP Deputy Director & Lecturer
Dr. CHU Vivian
Assistant Lecturer
Dr. WILLIAMS Jessica Marie
Post-doctoral Fellow
Dr. PAN Emily
Assistant Director
Ms. CHICK Katie
Assistant Director
Ms. CHOW Joyce
Assistant Project Manager
Mr. FOK Kelvin
Assistant Project Manager
Mr. LEUNG Darwin
Senior Project Officer
Ms. CHAN Karen
Senior Project Officer
Dr. HU Taihua
Senior Project Officer
Ms. KAN Mimi
Senior Project Officer
Ms. LAU Bonnie
Senior Project Officer
Ms. LAW Renee
Senior Project Officer
Mr. LEUNG Ryan
Senior Project Officer
Ms. LEUNG Vivian
Senior Project Officer
Ms. YEUNG Daisy
Senior Project Officer
Ms. YIU Sianna
Project Officer
Mr. CHENG Woody
Project Officer
Ms. MAN Iris
Senior Executive Assistant
Ms. LI Hazel
Farm Technician
Mr. LI Leo
Farm Assistant
Ms. ZHANG Yiying
Executive Officer
Ms. YUEN Jamie
Honorary Senior Fellow
Mr. CHEN George
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr. TSOI Joyce
Honorary Lecturer
Ir Dr. LAI Elizabeth
Honorary Lecturer
Ir LAU Sophia