University of Vermont

Julie Nash

Julie Nash PhD Student, RSENR & EE Certificate Student

MBA, Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia

BS, Hotel Administration, Cornell University


Advisors: Saleem Ali

Julie Nash is pursuing a PhD in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Julie's research focuses on the interface between business development, environmental behaviors, and natural capital.

Julie's dissertation research focuses on sustainable development in the marine cultured-pearl industry. The research highlights the role responsible-pearl farming plays in biodiversity conservation and economic development in remote island communities. Marine cultured pearls are unique within the extraction-intensive jewelry industry. When managed properly, responsible pearl farming can be a catalyzer for biodiversity conservation, improved social conditions and livelihoods, and economic development in remote island communities. The Sustainable Pearl project is based at the University of Vermont and incorporates international partners in Switzerland, Japan, Mexico and the South Pacific region. The project website is

Prior to starting at UVM, Julie spent most of her career at international consumer products companies, working in various management capacities in brand marketing, strategic planning, and corporate finance. These varied experiences provided opportunities to live and work in both Europe and Asia. Most recently, Julie managed global innovation and new product development at Ben & Jerry's in Burlington Vermont.

Research Interests: Sustainable Development, Natural Capital and Business, Network Governance, Social Marketing for Sustainability
Dissertation: Market-Driven Sustainability Initiatives in the Marine Cultured-Pearl Industry

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