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Heat stress and marginalised stakeholders

Venue: Online

This event is part of the Research Centres Impact Day hosted by the School of BEI.

Responsible Business Centre 

Director: Dr Ioanna Boulouta, Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London 

Heat stress and marginalised stakeholders

In an era of climate change, the need to ensure heat-exposed workers are protected from occupational exploitation carries fresh urgency. Tens of thousands of heat-exposed manual workers have died of heat-driven kidney disease in the last decade in Central America alone. Heat-driven kidney disease may represent one of the first epidemics driven by climate change. This session will focus on the impacts of heat stress on workers' health and how organisations can respond to this problem by protecting their workers and uncovering many benefits along the way beyond workers' health. 


  • Jason Glaser, CEO of La Isla Network



Jason Glaser is the CEO of La Isla Network, an international occupational health and research organization dedicated to protecting workers in a warming world. Over the past decade they have been responding to an epidemic of heat-driven kidney disease among manual laborers in extreme climates at the base of some of the most profitable industries on earth. Their work has been featured in The Guardian, NYT, National Geographic, Vice News, CNN, and many others.

Ioanna Boulouta joined Birkbeck- University of London, in September 2012. Her research interests lie in the areas of Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability and Strategy, particularly in the relationship between Corporate Social Performance and Corporate Financial Performance, the impact of Corporate Responsibility at the national level and the link between Corporate Responsibility and gender diversity. Prior to joining Birkbeck, she has held research and teaching assistantship positions at the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics, the London Business School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has work experience in 7 countries around the world (UK, USA, Greece, Netherlands, Belgium, India, and Nepal) as a project manager, design engineer and researcher, and in international organizations such as NATO and Thales.

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