I am a freelance journalism specialising in the role of business in society and Latin American affairs.
I am a regular contributor to The Guardian and in-depth report writer for global organisations such as the World Bank.
I regularly chair panel and roundtable discussions on a range of subjects for the Guardian and at the Hay Festival.
I have written three books, all published by Faber & Faber: Under the Tump: Sketches of Life on the Welsh Borders (2016), India Rising (2012) and Viva South America! (2009).
Research Topic: Pulp fictions: An ethnographic critique of the use of Corporate Responsibility in Foreign Direct Investment (Supervisor: Dr Sian Lazar, Department for Social Anthropology)
My research focuses on corporate-community relations and the use of corporate responsibility as a discursive tool to legitimise foreign direct investments. In response to widespread social conflicts related to investment projects across Latin America, corporations are adopting corporate responsibility policies and practices in an attempt to deliver socio-economic development in host communities. My research interrogates whether these policies are resulting in developmental results. In addition, it asks how such management approaches impact social relations at both a local and national level. My PhD adopts a case study approach, focusing on Montes del Plata’s (MDP) US$1.9 billion pulp mill project in Uruguay, the country’s largest ever FDI project. My studies touch primarily on the fields of stakeholder theory, development anthropology and critical management studies.
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