Anneloes Hoff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, specialising in business and human rights.

In Trinity term 2020, she completed her DPhil at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and St Antony’s College. Her DPhil project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is an ethnographic study of a multinational gold mining corporation in Colombia. It examines how a corporation engages with the norms and ideas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the role these play in the company's response to mining resistance. A multi-sited ethnography, it follows the company's CSR practices from its headquarters in Bogotá to its project sites in the departments of Tolima and Antioquia. Based on fifteen months of fieldwork with the mining company as well as anti-mining activists, her thesis provides a unique account of the polarised dynamics surrounding mining in Colombia.

At Oxford, Anneloes was the founding convenor of the Oxford Business and Human Rights Network at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. During her doctoral studies, she was also a Visiting Researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and a Fellow at the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.

Prior to starting her doctorate, Anneloes completed the MPhil in Socio-Legal Research at 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 Socio-Legal Studies Association [VSR Scriptieprijs]. She also holds a BA (Hons) (summa cum laude) in Liberal Arts and Sciences (focus on 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.


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

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