Dr Ana-Maria Pascal

Director (Content) Liberal Studies

Professional Biography

Dr Ana-Maria Pascal www.ampascal.com is a researcher in social ethics, hermeneutics, and corporate accountability, with a twofold background – in continental philosophy and international business. She has taught philosophy and business modules for over fifteen years, and she was a research fellow at the New School for Social Research, New York.

She is a qualified QAA reviewer and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her practical experience includes field research in microfinance for FIDES, Financial Systems Development Services (1998 – 1999) and policy-work on corporate accountability, health and safety law enforcement and migrant workers’ rights as UK Director at the Centre for Corporate Accountability (2006 – 2009). Since 2010, Dr Pascal has been the leader of an international Corporate Responsibility Network (www.corporateresponsibilitynetwork.com).

Her current research interests focus on business ethics, hermeneutics, and issues of nomadic identity. She co-edited a book on European Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability (Routledge 2011) and was interviewed for a documentary on corporate responsibility in the UK v Japan for NHK Japan, April 2013. Her edited book on the impact of religion on society has just been published (IGI Global, 2017) and she is currently writing a monograph about narratives and philosophy in cross-disciplinary studies.


  • 2012: Postgraduate Certificate in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of Wales Newport
  • 2006: NARIC Certificate of Equivalence to British PhD standard
  • 2005: PhD in Philosophy, Al. I. Cuza University (Cum laude)
  • 2006: MBA in International Finance, Hult International Business School London
  • 1999: MA in Philosophy, Al. I. Cuza University
  • 1998: BA in Philosophy, Al. I. Cuza University

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2012 – 2013: Senior Academic Manager, LEB Education, London
  • 2011 – 2012: MBA Programme Director, London College of Business
  • 2008 – 2010: Senior Researcher, University of Essex, School of Law  
  • 2006 – 2009: UK Director, Centre for Corporate Accountability, London
  • 2004 – 2006: Provost’s Academic Assistant, Huron University USA in London / Hult International Business School (voluntary position)
  • 2003: Research Fellow, Graduate Faculty for Social and Political Sciences, New School for Social Research, New York
  • 1999 – 2004: Lecturer in Philosophy, Faculty of Economics, Petre Andrei University, Iasi, Romania


Authored books

Narratives and the Role of Philosophy in Cross-Disciplinary Studies: Emerging Research and Opportunities, expected Autumn 2017. Hershey, PA: IGI Global (under contract)

Pragmatismul si ‘sfarsitul’ metafizicii (Pragmatism and ‘the End’ of Metaphysics), Al. I. Cuza University Press, 2009 (awarded the “Aurel Leon” prize for debut, 2010)

Edited books

Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society (2017) Hershey, PA: IGI Global

European Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability (with James Gobert), Routledge, UK and USA, 2011; paperback edition 2014

Book chapters

The Hunting Game in Hermeneutics, in the collective volume of OPO conference On Meaning. Zeta Books (forthcoming 2017)

Who Cares Whose Cars? A Philosophical Analysis of Business and Human Rights, in Rendtorff, J. D. (ed.) Perspectives on Business Ethics and Philosophy of Management, Springer (2017)

The Dialectics of Recognition in Leibniz’s Theodicy and a Possible Route to Modern Political Thought. In: Pisano R, Fichant M, Bussotti P, Oliveira ARE (eds.), Leibniz and the Dialogue between Sciences, Philosophy and Engineering, 1646-2016. New Historical and Epistemological Insights. The College’s Publications, London (forthcoming 2017)

Business Ethics is Socio-Political or Not at All: the Case of Rosia Montana, in Wolf, R., & Issa, T. (eds.) (2015). International Business Ethics and Growth Opportunities. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-7419-6, pp. 251-281

Montaigne’s Pragmatic Scepticism, or the Ethics of Doubt, Esprits Modernes. Etudes sur les modèles de pensée alternatifs aux XVIe – XVIIe siècles, Bucharest University and Vasile Goldiş University Press, Bucharest and Arad, 2003

Metaphysical Limits of Interpretation in Gadamer and Davidson, Limits of Interpretation, St. Afloroaei (ed.), Axis, Iasi, 2001, pp. 325-334

Book translations

Richard Shusterman (2004) Estetica pragmatista: Arta in stare vie. Translated from English (Pragmagist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art, Lanham, MA and Oxord UK: Rowman & Littlefield) Iasi: Institutul European

Refereed articles

Elements of Pragmatist Interpretation in Modern Aesthetics, Hermeneia. Review of Hermeneutics, no 7/2007, Axis, Iasi, pp. 45 – 59

Blinkered: A Pragmatist Critique of Liberalism, Tischner Debates published online by Warsaw University and the Institute for Social Sciences Vienna, November 2006

Corporate Governance, Shareholder Value and Societal Expectations (with Richard Tudway), Corporate Governance. The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol. 6, No 3, 2006, Emerald Publishing Group, Oxford, pp. 305 – 316

Beyond the Ivory Tower: From Business Aims to Policy-Making (with Richard Tudway), Public Administration and Development (Bimonthly ISSN: 0271-2075) Vol. 26, No 2, 2006, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England, pp. 99–108

Cioran’s West: On Heroes, Foreignness, and Destiny, Hermeneia. Review of Hermeneutics, no 6/2006, Axis, Iasi, pp. 129-137

Par amnésie – or Forgetting as Therapy, ID, No 2 (17), February 2006, Bucharest, p. 48

International Aid. From the Moral Case, to Everyday Life Experiences, a reply to Sir Tim Lankester’s “International Aid: Experience, Prospects and the Moral Case”, Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology (Semiannual ISSN: 1584-1057) Iasi, No 4, 2005, pp. 154-71

The Master/Slave Dialectics in Leibniz’s Théodicée, The Scientific Annals of Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Philosophy, Iasi, 2003

Recognition of the Other in a Theodicy, The Scientific Annals of Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Philosophy, Iasi, 2002

Wittgenstein, Rorty, and the Wild Orchid, Hermeneia. A Journal for Hermeneutic Studies and Research, No. 2-3 / 2001-2, Axis, Iasi, pp. 80-94

From Language to Discourse: Foucault at Crossroads, Journal of Petre Andrei University, Iasi, 2001

The Theory of Ideas in Descartes, The Scientific Annals of Al. I. Cuza University, Faculty of Philosophy, Iasi, 2000-2001, pp. 58-67

National Identity and European Integration (with Liviu Drugus), Journal of Petre Andrei University, Iasi, 2000

Departmental working papers

The Notion of Public Sphere in Post-Totalitarian Times: A Normative Account, Working Papers of the Trans-regional Centre for Democratic Studies, Vol. 5:8, New School University, New York, 2004

Co-authored official reports

Migrants’ Workplace Deaths in Britain, published by the CCA and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, London, March 2009

Guidance on Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007: A Comprehensive Briefing for the Layperson and the Expert, published by the CCA, London, May 2008

CCA’s written response to the Sentencing Advisory Panel’s consultation on sentencing health and safety and manslaughter offences, February 2008

CCA’s written response to the Work and Pensions Department’s Select Committee, concerning the work of the HSE and HSC, November 2007

Bringing Justice to the Boardroom: The Case Against Voluntary Guidance and in Favour of a Change in Law to Impose Safety Duties on Directors, published by the CCA and UCATT, London, October 2007

Other Outputs

2015 Emerald Literati Award for Outstanding Reviewer http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/authors/literati/awards.htm?year=2015

April 2013: Participation in a TV program -- interviewed for a documentary about corporate criminal liability in the UK v Japan: Close-up Gendai, broadcast by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) on 25 April 2013

Editorial appointment: since 2009 – Reviewer for Corporate Governance and Journal of Information, Communicationand Ethics in Society

May 2010: “Aurel Leon” Prize won for a debut book (Pragmatism and ‘the End’ of Metaphysics, 2009)

August 2003: “Macit Gökberk” Prize at the 21st World Congress of Philosophy, Istanbul

Conference Papers Given

  • 16 June 2016: “On Integrity” talk given at the Values in Business workshop at Regent’s University London.
  • 29 February 2016: “Values in Theory and Practice” talk given at Getting Values Across: Leadership in a Multicultural World seminar at Regent’s University London
  • 1 October 2015: “Who Cares Whose Cars? A Philosophical Analysis of the Business and Human Rights Conundrum” paper given at the Research Conference of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • 10 December 2014: “The Hunting Game in Hermeneutics”, paper given at the Fifth International Conference of phenomenological societies, On Meaning, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  • 21 September 2011: Graduation Speech at LCB Convocation
  • 2 October 2010: Chair of the “Regimes of Liability” session at the AHRC Network meeting “Holding Companies Accountable”, Freie University, Berlin
  • 18 September 2009: “Corporate Criminal Liability in Romania” talk at the international conference on European Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability, London
  • 18-19 October 2008, 5th Annual Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
  • 30 May 2008: “Life-Long Learning” talk, at the European Council for Business Education’s annual conference, Bruges (Belgium)
  • 9-11 November 2007, Conditions for International Solidarity Conference at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna
  • 24-26 September 2007, Aesthetic Psychology and Philosophy Conference, Department of Philosophy, Durham University
  • 3 June 2005: “On the Notion of Purpose in our Professional Lives” talk, at the conference on Ethics and Integrity of Governance, Catholic University, Leuven (Belgium)

Research Supervision

Philosophy, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Microfinance.

Research Interests


  • Metaphysics
  • Hermeneutics in theory and practice
  • Exile, identity and multiculturalism

Corporate responsibility:

  • The notion and forms of responsibility in cases of state-corporate complicity
  • Cultural roots of socio-legal theories and models of corporate responsibility
  • Corporate and white-collar crime


  • Alternative investments
  • The business of art

 Social ethics:

  • Speaking truth to power: the issue of former communist informers escaping justice

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Leader of the Corporate Responsibility Network: corporateresponsibilitynetwork.com
  • Reviewer for Educational Oversight in Higher Education, with the Quality Assurance Agency
  • Member of the Academy of Management
  • Member of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)
  • Member of the British Society of Phenomenology

Teaching & Course Development

  • Philosophy (UG and PG levels)
  • Business Ethics (UG level)
  • Corporate Governance and Responsibility (PG level)
  • Corporate and White-Collar Crime (UG level)
  • Entrepreneurship (UG level)
  • Management of Family Business (PG level)
  • Foundation: Business & Management (UG level)
  • Introduction to Global Management (UG level)
  • Finance (UG level)
  • Research Skills Development workshops (UG and PG levels)
  • Research Methods (UG level)
  • Charity Management and Finance (PG level)

Dr Pascal has over seven years experience of program design, delivery, monitoring and development. At London College of Business, she managed the MBA program and designed three new modules: Business Ethics, Principles of Economics, and Real Estate Management. At LEB Education, she led the validation process for a pre-MBA foundation program with UW Trinity Saint David, and she designed a British Life & Culture module for the Study Abroad program. At Regent's, she has been leading American postgraduate programmes and was involved in the validation of the BA (Hons) Liberal Studies programme, for which she designed four new modules.


Since January 2014: External Examiner for Cardiff Metropolitan University’s BA and MBA programs at City Unity College, Greece, EASB, Singapore and Renmin University, China.