PhD Representative on the Advisory Board
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
My Interest in Business Ethics
Academic - PhD Student
Areas of Interest
Corporate Social Responsibility ; Corruption ; Human Rights ; Public Policy ; Public Policy - Lobbying ; Public Policy - Regulation ; Resource Extraction
Me in Brief
My interest in business ethics stems from an over arching interest in the 'resource curse.' A countries is said to have the 'resource curse' when, despite large resource revenues, the economy grows slowly or stagnates. Additionally, 'resource cursed' countries are often plagued by sub-national conflict, authoritarianism, alongside other environmental and social ills.
While the 'resource curse' is commonly considered a domestic phenomena, in recent years there has been increasing attention to the role of international business within this domestic phenomena. In 2007, I wrote a Master's thesis examining the movement to increase transparency in the extractive industries, focusing specifically on Nigeria and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I have a continuing interest in the role that corporations operating in the extractive industries play in the negative development outcomes associated with resource extraction. In this line of research, much needs to be done to better understand the role of business ethics within this industry. What motivates corporations to adopt ethical and moral approaches to extraction, with solid corporate social responsibility strategies and care for the environment, while others engage in corruption and mount operations that degrade the environment, displace people without compensation, while providing few visible benefits? These questions and more need to be asked to fully understand the role of the extractive industries within the 'resource curse.'