Dr Joakim Sandberg BA, BSc, MA, PhD (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Department of Philosophy
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Joakim Sandberg is Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy since 2009. He is also Research Fellow in Practical Philosophy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Associate Researcher at the Centre for European Research on Microfinance at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. His main academic interests are moral philosophy and applied ethics, especially business ethics.


Joakim has a background in both philosophy and business studies and graduated with a PhD in practical philosophy from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2008. His PhD dissertation, which was widely debated in the Swedish media, critically examined conceptions of so-called ethical investing. He joined the department in 2009.


Joakim teaches the Corporate Social Responsibility module (of the MBA Corporate Governance and Responsibility and MBA International Business) at Birmingham Business School.


Joakim is currently involved in two major international research programmes: He is a co-organiser of the AHRC Research Network on Microfinance, a research network which discusses ethical issues concerning microloans to the poor, and he is member of Sustainable Investments, a research programme which concerns to what extent pension funds can and should acknowledge environmental standards in their investments.

Other activities

Joakim is president of the Philosophy Society at University of Gothenburg and a member of the Gothenburg Animal Research Ethics Committee.


  • Ethics and Intuitions: A Reply to Singer (with N. Juth), The Journal of Ethics, forthcoming.
  • Socially Responsible Investment and Fiduciary Duty: Putting the Freshfields Report into Perspective, Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming.
  • Business Ethics (with T. Sorell), in E. Craig (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Utilitarian Ethics, in R.H. Corrigan & M.E. Farrell (eds.), Ethics: A University Guide, Gloucester: Progressive Frontiers Press, pp. 267-287, 2010.
  • Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry, European Journal of Health Law 17, pp. 211-214, 2010.
  • Distinctions in Descriptive and Instrumental Stakeholder Theory: A challenge for empirical studies (with N. Egels-Zandén), Business Ethics: A European Review 19(1), pp. 35-49, 2010.
  • The Heterogeneity of Socially Responsible Investment (with C. Juravle, T.M. Hedesström and I. Hamilton), Journal of Business Ethics 87(4), pp. 519-33, 2009.
  • The Tide is Turning on the Separation Thesis? A Response to Commentators, Business Ethics Quarterly 18(4), pp. 561-65, 2008.
  • Understanding the Separation Thesis, Business Ethics Quarterly 18(2), pp. 213-32, 2008.
  • The Ethics of Investing. Making Money or Making a Difference? 321 pp. Gothenburg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2008.
  • Should I invest with my conscience?, Business Ethics: A European Review 16(1), pp. 71-86, 2007