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Dr. Bruce Hull


Dr. Bruce Hull

Dr. Bruce Hull
310D Cheatham Hall
310 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. Hull writes and speaks about organizations, communities, and leaders constructing sustainable development in the face of converging demographic, environmental, governance, and market transformations. He is most excited when learning and sharing lessons about innovative leaders who are forging collaborations among government, business, and civil society. He is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.    



  • Sustainability Values examines values, myths, and biases hidden in most sustainability efforts. It is intended to help sustainability professionals understand themselves, become better listeners, build productive collaborative efforts, manage conflict, resolve controversies, and find synergies.
  • Constructing Sustainability.  Hull’s less academic musings confront the challenges of constructing a thriving and sustainable society within the limits of a beautiful but finite biosphere.


  • Hurst, K., Stern, M., Hull, RB., Axiom, D. 2019. Addressing identity-related barriers to collaboration for conservation through self-affirmation theory and moral foundations theory. Conservation Biology, link.
  • Hull, R.B. & R. Dooley. 2019. Collective Impact for Climate Mitigation. Solutions 10(3): 29-35.
  • Hull, R.B., Mortimer, M., Robertson, D.P. 2018. Developing Cosmopolitan Competencies in Sustainability Professionals. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 31(2): 346-353.
  • Hull, R.B., Robertson, D.P. Mortimer, M. 2018. Wicked Leadership for Sustainability Professionals.  Sustainability: The Journal of Record 11 (4): 171-177
  • Hull, R.B. 2018. Leadership for Sustainability.  In A Sustainability Philosophy: The Work of Bryan Norton (Editors) Ben Minteer and Sahotra Sarkar. Springer: NY.
  • Hull, R.B. and Brown, Seth. 2018. Making partnerships work: A stormwater example. Solutions 9 (3):
  • Hull, R.B. 2017. Leadership for Adaptive Management. In Companion to Environmental Ethics. Edited by Benjamin Hale and Andrew Light. Routledge. 
  • Hull, R.B. 2017. Nature.  In The Companion to Environmental Studies. Editors Noel Castree, Mike Hulme and James Proctor. Routledge (London & New York).  
  • Hull, R. B., Kimmel, C., Robertson, D. P., & Mortimer, M. 2016. International field experiences promote professional development for sustainability leaders. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17(1), 86-104.
  • Hull, R.B., Kimmel, C., Robertson, D. and McCutchan, B. 2015. Collaborative Leadership for Sustainable Development in Global Supply Chains. Solutions 4 (5): 51-59
  • Wasserman, A., Hull, R. B., & McCutchan, B. (2014). How Cargill cultivated greener soybean production in the Amazon. GreenBiz. April 9.
  • Wasserman, A., Hull, R. B., & McCutchan, B. (2014). How climate, health and water affect soybean sustainability. GreenBiz, March 28.
  • Wasserman, A., Hull, R. B., & McCutchan, B. (2014). A sustainability journey through the Amazon rainforest. GreenBiz, April 25.
  • Kimmel, C. E., R. B. Hull, Stephenson, M.O., D. P. Robertson and K. Cowgill (2012). "Building community capacity and social infrastructure through landcare: a case study of land grant engagement." Higher Education 64: 223-235. 
  • Kimmel, C. and Hull, R.B. 2011. Ecological Entrepreneurship Support Networks:  Roles and Functions for Conservation Organizations. Geoforum 43: 58–67.
  • Hull, R.B. 2011. Forestry’s Conundrum: High Value, Low Relevance. Journal of Forestry: 109 (1): 50-56.
  • Goldstein, B., Butler, Will and Hull, R.B. 2009. Learning Networks as Conservation Strategy. Journal of Forestry 18(3): 120-125.
  • Hull, R.B. 2008. Adaptive management.  In J. Baird. Callicott and Robert Frodeman (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Macmillan Reference USA. Pgs 3-6.
  • Robertson, D., Hull, RB, Moles, J, et al. 2007.   Landcare in America.  In  D. Catacutan & C. Neely (Eds) Landcare: Local Action-Global Progress. Landcare International. Adams Printers Pty Ltd. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Goldstein, B. and Hull, R.B. 2008. Socially Explicit Fire Regimes. Society and Natural Resources. 21:469–482.
  • Robertson, D.P. and Hull, R.B. 2003. Public ecology: an environmental science and policy for global society Environmental Science & Policy Volume 6, Issue 5, October 2003, Pages 399-410.
  • R. Bruce Hull, David Richert, Erin Seekamp, David Robertson, Gregory J. Buhyoff. 2003. Understandings of Environmental Quality: Ambiguities and Values Held by Environmental Professionals. Environmental Management 31(1): 1-13.
  • Hull, R. B., D. P. Robertson, D. Richert, E. Seekamp, and G. J. Buhyoff. 2002. Assumptions about ecological scale and nature knowing best hiding in environmental decisions. Conservation Ecology 6(2): 12. [online] URL:
  • Robertson, D. and Hull, R. B. 2001. Beyond Biology: Toward a More Public Ecology for Conservation. Conservation Biology 15(4): 970-979.