Anneloes Hoff is a DPhil candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and St Antony’s College. 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 in various parts of Colombia, her project examines how a gold mining corporation faced with strong opposition to its activities gives shape to the language and practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and the role of CSR in the corporate response to opposition.

At Oxford, Anneloes is the founding convenor of the Oxford Business and Human Rights Network at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. She was also a fellow at the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights in London and a visiting researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá.

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 Socio-Legal Studies Association (VSR). 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; Anthropology of Corporations; 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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