Dennis West

Socio-Legal Studies (2018)

dennis west

My research spans the fields of law, accounting, and organisations. I develop an inter-disciplinary and multi-methods approach to study the relations between non-financial reporting and decision-making of regulators and organisations. Non-financial information includes issues such as carbon emissions, working conditions, human rights, and environmental protection. My DPhil project contributes to our understanding of governance networks and innovations, and quantification and disclosure in regulatory and managerial decision-making. The impact of my research can include applications in different types of organisations, for example by helping leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents to map informal information flows and navigate through unintended consequences of non-financial reporting, impact measurement, and risk management systems.            

Prior to joining Oxford University, I gained more than five years of experience in entrepreneurship and advisory. I co-founded a start-up in renewable energy and several other organisations and initiatives. I hold an MSc in Accounting and Organisations from the London School of Economics and a joint degree in law from the Universities of Basel, Freiburg i.Br. and Strasbourg (summa cum laude). Among my awards and honours are the Zaeslin Fellowship in Law and Economics (University of Basel and Georgetown University), the selection to the Leaders of Tomorrow (University of St. Gallen), and the Leading for Impact Programme (Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship). After having co-founded two organisations to connect young people with sustainable projects and global policy, I continue to be involved, as an active citizen, in issues related to my academic research and teaching.