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Bastian Thomsen, PhD

Bastian Thomsen

Assistant Professor, Global Scholars Program Co-Director
Internship Coordinator for International Business
International Business Discipline Co-Coordinator
Affiliate Faculty in Human-Environment Systems • (208) 426-2633 • Mail Stop: 1625
Office Number: MBEB 3109 • Office Hours: By appointment

Bastian is an Assistant Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management. His research interests include international and social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and how they relate to sustainable development, the environment, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Bastian’s interdisciplinary research focuses on applying a socio-ecological systems approach to address conflict between humans and large carnivores (and between human stakeholder groups), along with a social entrepreneurship lens to consider wildlife ecotourism, and entrepreneurship and rewilding, as an alternative economic model to explore the potential of a multi-species livelihoods framework for human-wildlife coexistence.

Bastian previously taught as an Adjunct Instructor at BSU, where he won the 2014 Golden Apple Award and co-founded the Global Scholars Program. He has co-led international service-learning trips to Guatemala, Ireland, Belize, Australia, Canada, and Spain. Bastian previously taught at the College of Idaho, Idaho State University, Wingate University, and Old Dominion University. He also has seven years of professional experience in the financial sector, as well as more than 10 years experience consulting for nonprofits and start-up organizations. He obtained his Ph.D. in Management with a focus on international social entrepreneurship and social innovation from Central Queensland University and is completing a second D.Phil. in Anthropology from the University of Oxford.


(Expected 2021) D.Phil. in Anthropology, University of Oxford, U.K.

2018 Ph.D. in Management, focus on International Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, Central Queensland University, Australia

2012 M.S. in International Management, focus on Nonprofit Management and Economic Development, Euromed University (now KEDGE), France

2012 International M.B.A., University of North Carolina, Wilmington, U.S.A.

2009 Bachelor of Arts (2), in International Studies and Foreign Languages – Spanish option, University of Idaho

Teaching Areas

Social Entrepreneurship
International Business