Jodi York

Jodi York
University of Melbourne | MSD · Asia Pacific Social Impact Centre

Doctor of Philosophy
Pracademic and Chief Impact Officer

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23
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16 Research Items
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Introduction
I'm currently working on creating sustainable value for multiple stakeholders in Australasia through - sustainable business models - application of appropriate capital (e.g. impact investing and blended finance), and - strategies and practitioner tools for improving evidence-based impact management.
Additional affiliations
August 2012 - present
University of Melbourne
Position
  • Fellow
April 2005 - June 2011
Statistics New Zealand
Position
  • Senior Analyst
December 2003 - December 2004
Chiang Mai University
Position
  • Researcher
Education
August 1999 - August 2009
University of California, Berkeley
Field of study
  • Sociology
August 1991 - December 1996
University of San Francisco
Field of study
  • Politics & Women's Studies

Publications

Publications (23)
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Sustainable development requires both long-term and large-scale changes to production and consumption patterns, and the eradication of extreme poverty. In this study we ague that pursuing these goals independently can result in business models that tie poverty alleviation to increased environmental degradation, and thus work at cross purposes to su...
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Addressing poverty at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) using market-based approaches has proven very challenging. Studies built around traditional profit and customer focused business models adapted to the BoP context have yielded limited insight into how business models that address poverty work to create value for their various stakeholders. The len...
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The purpose of this study is to examine the evolution of corporate reporting on social investment activities in the context of a global move toward integrated reporting approaches. The paper adopts both a conceptual and content analysis approach to examining the reports of four multi-national corporations – Heineken, Unilever, Glaxo Smith Kline (GS...
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Base of the Pyramid (BoP) ventures seek to create “mutual value” for the business and poor communities. These initiatives, largely using conventional business models minimally-adapted for the complexities of the BoP context, have been less successful than expected; some harmed communities they purported to help. Sustainable business models (SBMs) p...
Technical Report
This report on demand-led investing for impact offers a new perspective on approaches to bridging the financing gap for small and growing businesses (SGBs) known as ‘the Missing Middle’. Through this report, we look to provide the impact investment ecosystem with insight on how private capital can be deployed more effectively to scale the impact of...
Preprint
Responding to the need to promote and support the development of business model that effectively alleviate poverty in sustainable ways, this chapter provides guidance for investors on how to assess BoP business models and choose those that are likely to alleviate poverty sustainably, and how to support BOP business models with appropriate capital....
Technical Report
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This Report builds on the Philanthropy: Towards Better Practice Report, released in 2018, and the Philanthropic Impact and Pioneers Program (PIPP) which took place during 2019. The 2018 Report called out the “opportunity for philanthropists to bring the same strategic thinking and acumen to philanthropy that they have to other professional endeav...
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Companies of all types face unprecedented threats from global problems such as climate change, and growing demands from investors and other stakeholders to operate sustainably and deliver greater benefit to environment and society. Conventional business models focused on delivering customer value and company profits are too narrow to help companies...
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The recent growth of mission-driven organizations has incited much curiosity on how perceived tensions and paradoxes are managed within these organizations seeking to integrate various dimensions of sustainability. This paper explores how this can be achieved through the alignment of individual and organizational values, thus linking individual emp...
Conference Paper
Some new sustainable business models open paths for sustainable transition by simultaneously addressing interlinked social and environmental problems. In order to succeed in delivering such transitions, they must reorganize the systems that create and maintain these problems. In this study we take a systemic perspective to explore how business mode...
Conference Paper
Many ventures have sought to incorporate people living in poverty (the so-called Base of the Economic Pyramid (BoP)) into company value chains as providers or entrepreneurs in order to simultaneously increase the income of the poor while ensuring procurement for the company (London and Hart, 2011). Pursuit of this dual goal has rarely delivered on...
Technical Report
This financial sector research report forms part of the Next Generation Forest Plantation Investment project funded by forest industry partners and the Australian Government through Forest and Wood Products Australia. This aspect of the project research was conducted with the intent of exploring the finance and investor landscape in the forestry co...
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Companies that communicate strong sustainability performance enjoy a range of benefits, such as stronger, more enduring revenue streams; less employee turnover; and lower regulatory risk. Despite the potential benefits of effective sustainability reporting, companies often see this form of reporting as an exercise to meet stakeholder expectations,...
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Philanthropy is an important catalyst for social change and plays a pivotal and instrumental role in supporting communities and ameliorating disadvantage. The Trust Company’s Engaged Philanthropy Model suggested five key pillars of a good practice grant making framework: 1. Grant making philosophy 2. Capacity building and not-for-profit resilience...
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New business models able to deliver much more than just economic value for the shareholders are needed to deliver on the promises and expectations of addressing poverty and other problems of billions of the poor through business. Yet, the literature provides surprisingly little knowledge on business models in this Base of the Pyramid (BoP) context,...
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There is growing evidence that organisations around the world are making considerable effort to create a positive impact on the societies in which they operate. There is also some evidence to suggest that by doing so, financial and non-financial benefits can accrue to these organisations as well as to the societies in which they exist. At the same...
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The productivity model used by national statistical organisations assumes that the total product of a given input to production is equal to its total cost. This means that any free inputs, such as natural resources, are implicitly assumed to add nothing of measurable value to the production process. This paper uses the case of water, which is curre...
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Statistics New Zealand’s recent feasibility study into measuring productivity of health care and education noted that there are some big challenges for the compiler related to scope of measurement, definition of government output quantity and quality, and the lack of economically meaningful prices. How much difference do these choices really make?...
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Many environmental and livelihood conflicts in the developing world lack a clear binary of good versus bad landuser — instead conflicts are between different groups of relatively poor users under conditions of scarcity and inequality. Under such conditions, access to international political resources can escalate conflicts and close off access to s...
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Much has been made in Western culture of the dichotomy between “women's peace” and “men's war.” We can see the importance of this dichotomy in politics, media, education and socialization, where women are expected to be inherently creative, nurturing and peaceful, while men are bold, courageous warriors. For more than a hundred years, these differe...

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This cluster of research explores the use of identity narratives to frame social change issues and actors, to shift scale of contestation (e.g from local to regional or global), and to form alliances between groups.