Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Asian Research
University of British Columbia
School of Peace and Conflict Management at Royal Roads University
Vancouver, British Columbia
My Interest in Business Ethics
Pacific ; International
Academic - Faculty/Staff ; Research Centres & Teams
Areas of Interest
Corporate Social Responsibility ; Globalization ; Human Rights
Me in Brief
Robert Hanlon is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia. He is also an Associate Faculty member at the School of Peace and Conflict Management at Royal Roads University. His research explores the relationship between corruption, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and human rights in China and Southeast Asia. His doctoral work focused extensively on private sector bribery in developing Asian states while introducing a theoretical framework called CSR engineering to help identify key industry stakeholders. Dr. Hanlon's current research focuses on the regulatory implications of CSR in relation to political advocacy and how this impacts multilateral institutions. He is especially interested in the use of CSR as an economic diplomacy mechanism used by China to position itself as a responsible power.
Dr. Hanlon received his PhD from the Department of Asian and International Studies at City University of Hong Kong. He has a Master's in International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Victoria, and a diploma in Chinese studies from Wenzao College (Taiwan). He has undertaken postgraduate work at the Centre for International Relations, University of British Columbia, the Sasin Graduate Institute for Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Dr. Hanlon has previously worked for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong; the Canadian High Commission to Australia; as well as the Asian Human Rights Commission, a Hong Kong-based regional NGO with United Nations consultative status.