Socio-Legal Studies (2015 cohort)
My doctoral research takes an ethnographic approach to corporate-community relations in the Colombian mining sector, from a business and human rights perspective.
I am interested in the emerging field of business and human rights scholarship, in particular the meaning and implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the principle of human rights due diligence in the context of the extractive industries. I am also interested in ethnographic research methods, especially institutional ethnography and the anthropology of corporations. My wider research interests include social movements and the law, legal mobilisation, grassroots activism, human rights localisation, the role of corporate actors in transitional justice processes, legal anthropology, and participatory research methods.
I graduated summa cum laude from University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), where I completed a BA (Hons) in International Law and Politics with a minor in Research Methods and Statistics. I also spent a semester at Lund University (Sweden), where I focused on International Development and International Political Economy. My bachelor thesis was selected as the Overall Winner in International Relations and Politics at the 2014 Undergraduate Awards, an international competition for undergraduate research.
At Oxford, I have founded the Oxford Business and Human Rights Research Network, I am an editor for Justiceinfo.net of the Oxford Transitional Justice Network, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at St Antony’s College, as well as a keen college rower.