Brian Beadle Ph.D he/him/his

Assistant Professor of Socially Responsible Management

Brian Beadle
Office:132 Mead Hall
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Telephone:(715) 682-1482


Earned and Honorary Degrees

PhD Economics, Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg
MSc Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy, Vienna University of Economics and Business
BS Economics and Business Administration, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point


I am trained primarily as a quantitative interdisciplinary economist. More specifically, I focus on econometrics and the measurement of complex phenomena using multiple variables. This is currently being applied to sustainability measurement, where my doctoral work involved proposing a novel approach to measuring the sustainability of farms in Germany.

Why Northland?

As an social scientist with a focus on sustainability measurement, I am drawn to Northland's mission of environmental responsibility and social justice. Being on the shores of Lake Superior is a bonus!


Most of my coursework supports the business program, such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. I particularly enjoy courses in economics and quantitative disciplines (e.g. econometrics), as they provide the opportunity to objectively discuss complex social and environmental topics.


Working papers:

An Application of Item Response Theory for Agricultural Sustainability Measurement (with Stephan Brosig and Christoph Wunder). R&R Ecological Economics

Agricultural sustainability, non-food crops, and marginal land production: Implications for the bioeconomy (with Stephan Brosig and Christoph Wunder).

A comparative analysis on the farm-level sustainability of conventional versus organic production in Germany (with Stephan Brosig)


Non-peer reviewed publications:

Beadle, B., Brosig, S., and Wunder, C. (2023). Nachhaltigkeit im Industriepflanzenanbau. IAMO Annual 2023.

Beadle, B., Delgado Osorio, X., Gierke, M., Gorenflos, J., Perez-Bosch Quesada, E., Rizzi, T., Rohr, B. (2022). Being a Doctoral Researcher in the Leibniz Association: Perspectives on Graduate School. SSOAR.

Beadle, B., Do, S., El Youssoufi, D., Felder, D., Gorenflos L ́opez, J., Jahn, A., ... Weltin, M. (2020). Being a Doctoral Researcher in the Leibniz Association: 2019 Leibniz PhD Network Survey Report. SSOAR.


“Assessing changes to farm sustainability in the conversion to organic production,” Bamberg-Halle-Jena-Leipzig Workshop: Empirical Microeconomics/Applied Microeconometrics. Leipzig, Germany, January 2023.

“Analysis of (non-)food crop production and farm-level sustainability in Germany with the application of a multidimensional index for sustainable agriculture,” 4th International Conference on Natural Resource Management and Public Policy. Online, October 2021.

“Trends in non-food crop production and farm-level sustainability: A multidimensional analysis in German agriculture,” 2021 IAMO Forum: Agrifood systems in the bioeconomy. Online, June 2021.

“Multidimensional sustainability of farming systems: A composite indicator for German agricultural sustainability,” 10th Bamberg-Halle-Jena-Leipzig Workshop on Empirical Microeconomics/Applied Microeconometrics. Online, July 2020.

“Decoupling in an Innovation-Driven Bioeconomy: A Long Wave Perspective,” Early-Career Researcher Seminar on (New) Sustainable Economies. Freiburg, Germany, November 2019.


Athletic activities include disc golf, hiking, badminton, and surfing. Other activities and hobbies include traveling, music (I am a drummer), woodworking, cooking, and gardening.