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Daniel Nyberg

University of Queensland

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Daniel Nyberg is a professor of sustainability in the Business School, University of Queensland, Australia. His research explores the politics and management of climate change, with a particular focus on how corporations engage both internally and externally with the climate catastrophe. Daniel has published widely on this in journals, including Academy of Management Journal, British Journal of Sociology, Environment and Planning A, and Organization Studies. He is the author of two books: (with Christopher Wright and Vanessa Bowden) “Organising responses to climate change: The politics of mitigation, adaptation and suffering” (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and (with Christopher Wright) “Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction” (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Country(ies) of Specialty

Australia United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Greenwashing Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Public opinion

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Nyberg, Daniel, Christopher Wright, & Vanessa Bowden. 2022. Organising responses to climate change: The politics of mitigation, adaptation and suffering. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wright, Christopher & Daniel Nyberg. 2015. Climate change, capitalism and corporations: Processes of creative self-destruction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Selected Book Chapters

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2021. “Planetary challenges: The fossil-fuel industry, climate change, and the disruption of the world.” In M. Kipping, T. Kurosawa, and E. Westney (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Industry Dynamics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190933463.013.2

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2021. “Chapter 9: The mobilisation of extractivism: The social and political influence of the fossil fuel industry.” In S. Böhm and S. Sullivan (Eds.) Negotiating climate change in crisis (pp. 113-125). Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers. DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0265.09.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2021. “Chapter 22: How organizations translate climate change into business as usual.” In J. W. Dash (Ed.) World scientific encyclopedia of climate change: Case studies of climate risk, action, and opportunity. Vol. 1 (pp. 179-185). New Jersey, NY: World Scientific Publishing. DOI: 10.1142/9789811213946_0023.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2019. “Climate change and social innovation.” In G. George, T. Baker, P. Tracey and H. Joshi (Eds.) The handbook of inclusive innovation (pp. 47-60). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. DOI: 10.4337/9781786436016.00011.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2016. “Engaging with the contradictions of capitalism: Teaching ‘sustainability’ in the Business school.” In T. Beyes, M. Parker and C. Steyart (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education (pp. 468-481). London: Routledge.

Grant, D. and Nyberg, D. (2014). Business and the communication of climate change: An organizational discourse perspective. In V. Bhatia and S. Bremner (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Professional Communication (pp. 193-206). New York: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315851686

Selected Articles

Olivia Hamilton, Daniel Nyberg & Vanessa Bowden. 2023. “Elements of power: Material-political entanglements in Australia’s fossil fuel hegemony,” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, DOI:10.1177/25148486231159.

Daniel Nyberg & John Murray. 2023. Corporate populism: How corporations construct and represent ‘the people’ in political contestations, Journal of Business Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2023.113879

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2022. “Defending hegemony: From climate change mitigation to adaptation on the Great Barrier Reef,” Organization, DOI: 10.1177/13505084221115836.

Jacqueline Kirk, Daniel Nyberg, & Christopher Wright. 2023. “Divided yet united: Balancing convergence and divergence in environmental movement mobilization,” Environmental Politics, 32(1): 1-20, DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1981082.

Randi Irwin, Vanessa Bowden, Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2022. “Making green extreme: Defending fossil fuel hegemony through citizen exclusion,” Citizenship Studies, 26(1): 73-89. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2021.2011145.

Nyberg, D. & De Cock, C. (2022) In these critical times: Of monstrosity, catastrophe, and the future of critique, Ephemera, 22(3): 151-181.

Daniel Nyberg, George Ferns, Sheena Vachhani & Christopher Wright. 2022. “Climate change, business and society: Building relevance in time and space,” Business & Society, 61(5), 1322-1352. DOI: 10.1177/00076503221077452.

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2022. “Challenging disciplinary norms: A response,” Academy of Management Perspectives, 36(3): 962-967. DOI: 10.5465/amp.2021.0150.

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2022. “Climate-proofing management research,” Academy of Management Perspectives, 36(2): 713-728. DOI: 10.5465/amp.2018.0183.

Christopher Wright, Randi Irwin, Daniel Nyberg & Vanessa Bowden. 2022. “‘We’re in the coal business’: Maintaining fossil fuel hegemony in the face of climate change,” Journal of Industrial Relations, 64(4) 544–563. DOI: 10.1177/00221856211070632.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2022. “The roles of celebrities in public disputes: Climate change and the Great Barrier Reef,” Journal of Management Studies, 59(7): 1788-1816. DOI: 10.1111/joms.12800.

Vanessa Bowden, Jean-Pascal Gond, Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2021. “Turning back the rising sea: Theory performativity in the shift from climate science to popular authority,” Organization Studies, 42(12), 1909-1931. DOI: 10.1177/01708406211024558.

Vanessa Bowden, Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2021. “‘We’re going under’: the role of local news media in dislocating climate change adaptation,” Environmental Communication, 15(5): 625-640. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2021.1877762.

Vanessa Bowden, Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2021. “‘I don’t think anybody really knows’: Constructing reflexive ignorance in climate change adaptation,” British Journal of Sociology, 72: 397–411. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12818.

Vanessa Bowden, Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2021. “Truth and power: Deliberation and emotions in climate adaptation processes,” Environmental Politics, 30(5): 708-726. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2020.1850972.

Christian De Cock, Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2021. “Disrupting climate change futures: Conceptual tools for lost histories,” Organization, 28(3): 468–482. DOI: 10.1177/1350508419883377.

John Murray & Daniel Nyberg. 2021 “Industry vs. government: Leveraging media coverage in corporate political activity,” Organization Studies, 42(10): 1629-1650. DOI: 10.1177/0170840620964163.

Daniel Nyberg. 2021. “Corporations, politics and democracy: Corporate political activities as political corruption,” Organization Theory, 2: 1-24. DOI: 10.1177/2631787720982618.

Christopher Wright, Daniel Nyberg & Vanessa Bowden. 2021. “Beyond the discourse of denial: The reproduction of fossil fuel hegemony in Australia,” Energy Research & Social Science, 77. DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102094.

Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright, & Jacqueline Kirk. 2020. “Fracking the future: The temporal portability of frames in political contests,” Organization Studies, 41(2): 175–196. DOI: 10.1177/0170840618814568.

Vanessa Bowden, Daniel Nyberg, & Christopher Wright. 2019. “Planning for the past: Local temporality and the construction of denial in climate change adaptation,” Global Environmental Change, 57. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.101939.

Christopher Wright, Daniel Nyberg, Lauren Rickards, & James Freund. 2018. “Organizing in the Anthropocene,” Organization, 25(4), 455-471. DOI: 10.1177/1350508418779649.

Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright, & Jacqueline Kirk. 2018. “Dash for gas: Climate change, hegemony and the scalar politics of fracking in the UK,” British Journal of Management, 29(2), 235-251. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12291.

Jean-Pascal Gond & Daniel Nyberg. 2017. “Materializing power to recover corporate social responsibility,” Organization Studies, 38(8), 1127-1148. DOI: 10.1177/0170840616677630.

Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright, & Jacqueline Kirk. 2017. “Re-producing a neoliberal political regime: Competing justifications and dominance in disputing fracking,” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 52, 143-171.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2017. “An inconvenient truth: How organizations translate climate change into business as usual,” Academy of Management Journal, 60(5), 1633-1661. DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0718.

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2016. “Performative and political: Corporate constructions of climate change risk,” Organization, 23(5), 617–638. DOI: 10.1177/1350508415572038.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2014. “Creative self-destruction: Corporate responses to climate change as political myths,” Environmental Politics, 23:2, 205-223. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2013.867175.

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2013. “Corporate corruption of the environment: sustainability as a process of compromise,” British Journal of Sociology, 64(3), 405-424. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12025.

Christopher Wright, Daniel Nyberg, Christian De Cock, & Gail Whiteman. 2013. “Future imagining: Organizing in response to climate change,” Organization, 20(5), 647-658. DOI: 10.1177/1350508413489821.

Daniel Nyberg, André Spicer, & Christopher Wright. 2013. “Incorporating citizens: Corporate political engagement with climate change in Australia,” Organization, 20(3), 433-453. DOI: 10.1177/1350508413478585.

Christopher Wright, Daniel Nyberg, Christian De Cock & Gail Whiteman. 2013. “Voices from the frontline of the climate wars,” Organization, 20(5), 743-744. DOI: 10.1177/1350508413489940.

Christopher Wright, Daniel Nyberg, & David Grant. 2012. “‘Hippies on the third floor’: climate change, narrative identity and the micro-politics of corporate environmentalism,” Organization Studies, 33(11), 1451-75. DOI: 10.1177/0170840612463316.

Christopher Wright & Daniel Nyberg. 2012. “Working with passion: Emotionology, corporate environmentalism and climate change,” Human Relations, 65(12), 1561-87. DOI: 10.1177/0018726712457698.

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright. 2012. “Justifying business responses to climate change: discursive strategies of similarity and difference,” Environment and Planning: A, 44(8), 1819-1835. DOI: 10.1068/a44565.