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Biography

Cynthia Kwakyewah is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford (UK) research in business and human rights in Ghana's extractive industries. Her doctoral study seeks to better understand the drivers and inhibitors of companies’ (non)adoption of human rights principles.

In addition to her research focus on business and human rights and corporate social responsibility, Cynthia also takes great academic interests in sustainable development, management of natural resources in the Global South, governance and politics in Sub-Saharan Africa and issues of social justice.

Prior to commencing her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, Cynthia completed a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with specialisation in Business and International Human Rights Law from York University (Canada). Her master’s thesis was nominated for the York University Thesis Prize. 

A recipient of the prestigious Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction, Cynthia worked as a Research Associate on a variety of projects including the Africapitalism project: Exploring the role of the private sector in the sustainable development of Africa which was funded by the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Citizenship Education Research Journal and The Transnational Human Rights Review.

Cynthia was elected the DPhil Student representative for the Graduate Joint Consultative Committee for Sociology in November 2018 and serves as the Speakers Manager for the 2019 Oxford Africa Conference. 

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