"Organizations have to take a broader view of their impact on the planet"
Ester Oliveras, rector’s delegate for sustainability and associate professor in the Department of Economics and Business
Name and surnames: Ester Oliveras Sobrevias (@esteroliveras)
Place and date of birth: Manresa, 1972
Offices: rector’s delegate for sustainability; vice-rector of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences (2009-2017)
Education: diploma in Business Sciences (University of Vic), European diploma in Business and Management (University of Portsmouth, UK), degree in Business Administration and Management (Open University of Catalonia), and PhD in Accounting (University of Central Lancashire, UK).
Ester Oliveras earned her PhD in Accounting from the University of Central Lancashire (UK) in 1999. That same year, she joined the Department of Economics and Business at UPF, where she is currently an associate professor
The coordinator of the Accounting Control, Management and Education (ACME) research group, her research interests include accounting regulation, international accounting, social accounting and new approaches in higher education. She has led several competitive research projects in these fields at the national and international level.
In 2018, she was appointed rector’s delegate for sustainability at UPF. She is also one of the academic sponsors, at the Department of Economics and Business, of the Planetary Wellbeing project, a multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary initiative that UPF has undertaken that will guide the institutional strategy in the coming years.
In addition to her work at UPF, she is the founding director of the Yunus Social Business City Barcelona university network and a member of the governing board of the Catalan Association of Economists. She is a regular contributor to various media, including El Periódico de Catalunya.
What stage is UPF’s sustainability plan in now and what is its goal?
The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created an international framework of reference that public and private institutions around the world are taking into account. Within this framework, the concept of sustainability is very broad, including almost all aspects. Some of these aspects have already been tackled through the Equality Plan and, also, the UPF Saludable (Healthy UPF) initiative. Aspects of environmental sustainability and participatory governance still need to be addressed.
For the first time, Times Higher Education has published an SDG-based ranking, and UPF ranks 29th in the world. This ranking takes into account both research conducted on sustainability and institutional policies. It is a very good starting point, and it has given us a lot of information on where we stand.
‘For the first time, Times Higher Education has published an SDG-based ranking, and UPF ranks 29th in the world.’