UMass Boston


Vesela Veleva

Grad Prog Dir, Senior Lecturer
McCormack Hall Floor 05

Area of Expertise

Circular economy, green chemistry, pollution prevention, sustainability indicators, corporate social responsibility, environmental and occupational health, eco-industrial parks, sustainable production and consumption


ScD, Cleaner Production and Pollution Prevention, University of Massachusetts Lowell

MSc, Pollution and Environmental Control, University of Manchester, UK

BS, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria

Professional Publications & Contributions

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Vesela Veleva’s research focuses on the drivers and process for integrating sustainability into an organization’s strategy and management, evaluating and benchmarking sustainability practices, and developing the business case for greater environmental and social responsibility. Her current research focuses on emerging business models and drivers for advancing product reuse and remanufacturing; drivers and barriers to greater adoption of green chemistry by business. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Cleaner Production, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Greener Management International, Corporate Environmental Strategy, and ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. She has published numerous teaching cases and a book in 2014 - “Business, Environment and Society: Themes and Cases.” She has a doctorate in cleaner production and pollution prevention from the Department of Work Environment, UMass Lowell, and previously has worked as research manager at the Center for Corporate Citizenship, Boston College, Social Research Analyst for Citizens Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, and a sustainability consultant for Pure Strategies Inc. and Sustainable Measures, Inc.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Environmental Management (MBAMGT 671L), Introduction to Environmental Management and Clean Energy (MGT481), Business Environments and Public Policy (MGT330), Green Innovation and Eco-efficiency Strategies for Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Managing in a Diverse and Changing World, International Environmental Science and Policy, Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health, Business and Its Environment (MBAMGT 660)

Research Interests

Circular business models, toxics use reduction and clean production; green chemistry; barriers and drivers for greater adoption of clean technology; eco-industrial parks; the social and environmental impacts of emerging technology (e.g., nanotechnology).

Personal Activities

Hiking, biking, yoga, healthy food, and nutrition


  • 2022 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant of $350,000 to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to Massachusetts breweries. 
  • 2020 The Corcoran College of Management Endowed Summer Teaching Fellowship
  • 2018 UMass Boston Public Service Grant to support environmental entrepreneurs focused on advancing the circular economy in the U.S.
  • 2016 UMass Boston Joseph P. Healey Research Grant to conduct research on the topic “Emerging Drivers and Business Models for Advancing the Circular Economy in the US”
  • 2001 George P. and Cynthia Mitchell International Young Scholar Award for Sustainable Development (USA) (2001)