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Dr. BURNETT Margaret Julia

BA (McGill), MA (Waterloo), PhD (HKU)
CEGP Director & Lecturer


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Dr. Burnett specializes in the development and implementation of stakeholder engagement, the role of trust in governance, risk communication and strategies for awareness raising on matters of sustainability she has worked directly with organizations to demonstrate the benefits of sustainability initiatives. She has worked with clients, partners and stakeholders in the community to address corporate sustainability and responsibility challenges and opportunities. She has also developed and delivered training, workshops and lectures to a variety of audiences. More recently moving into the area of executive education in order to support the bridge between theory and practice. She is now the programme director of MSocSc in Corporate Environmental Governance (CEGP).




2004 The University of Hong Kong
PhD (Centre of Urban Planning & Environmental Mgt.)


1993 University of Waterloo, Canada
MA (Regional Planning and Resource Development (SURP))


1989 McGill University, Canada
BA (Economic/Human Geography) (Distinction)



Academic Career

2016-Present The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Programme Director, MSocSc in Corporate Environmental Governance (CEGP)


2009–2011 Business Environment Council
Head of Corporate Sustainability

2009 Nottsford School of Business, Hong Kong
Part-time Lecturer


2006-2008 The University of Hong Kong
Senior Project Officer


1998-1999 The University of Hong Kong
Research Assistant



Selected Publications

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 http://www.ipmr.net 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.