The Enterprise Sustainability and Resilience Lab (ESR-Lab) is a research unit at the University of Colorado – Denver Business School.  ESR-Lab’s mission is to prepare the next generation of business and community leaders with the knowledge, tools, and skills to tackle today’s most pressing business, sustainability, and resilience challenges. The grand challenge that unites our research and outreach is to redefine the relationship between business, the communities they serve, and environment in which they are situated to drive business impact, innovation, and sustainability transformations.

If we are to develop innovative solutions to climate change, water scarcity and access, environmental, and social issues, businesses must play a major role. As lead of the Enterprise Sustainability and Resilience Lab at CU Denver, I am pursuing several lines of inquiry: I am currently developing out a research proposal for a new study on corporate water sustainability, stewardship, and strategy. I have an existing project investigating the role of business engagement and leadership in urban sustainability governance. I also am Co-PI on a NSF GERMINATION grant that is developing a transdisciplinary graduate training program to help grad students and researchers conduct meaningful and impactful sustainability research in cities. My other line of inquiry involves a knowledge systems analysis of how business produce, review, and use climate risk knowledge in their decision making and corporate strategy. If you’d like to collaborate on any of these, say hi! Below is more information for students or professionals interested in collaborating with us.

ESR-Lab has limited funds each year to support graduate student research assistantships (RA). CU Denver Business School students are given priority. Please contact me at <> to inquire about current RA opportunities.


NSF GERMINATION: Center for Urban Transformations


Robert Hobbins


Christina Horn