Anneloes Hoff is a DPhil candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and St Antony’s College. She was also a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Legal Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Her research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), focuses on corporate-community relations in the Colombian mining sector. Based on fifteen months of ethnographic research, conducted between 2015 and 2019, she examines the ways in which a gold mining corporation seeks to achieve, authenticate, and sustain its power in the face of anti-mining protests and polarised public debate.

Anneloes is the founding convenor of the Oxford Business and Human Rights Network at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Alongside her doctoral research, she applies her expertise in the field of business and human rights in a fellowship at the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.

Prior to starting her doctorate, Anneloes completed a Master of Studies in Socio-Legal Research at the the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Her thesis, titled Mobilising an Aspirational Constitution: The Case of Colombia’s Mining Consultations’, explores the instrumental and ideological power of law in grassroots protests against large-scale mining in Colombia, and was awarded the 2017 Thesis Prize of the Dutch-Flemish Association for Socio-Legal Studies. She also holds a BA (Hons) (summa cum laude) in International Law and Politics with a minor in Research Methods and Statistics from University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Her bachelor thesis was selected as the Overall Winner in International Relations and Politics at the 2014 Undergraduate Awards, an international competition for undergraduate research.


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Colombia; Business and Human Rights; Corporate-Community Relations; Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Governance; Extractive Industries; Mining; Natural Resources; Legal Mobilisation; Rights-Based Advocacy; Socio-Legal Studies; Legal Anthropology; Anthropology of Corporations; Anthropology of Mining; Anthropology of Capitalism; Ethnographic Research; Institutional Ethnography; Multi-Sited Ethnography

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