St Antony's College

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Cynthia Kwakyewah is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford (UK) with academic interests in business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, management of natural resources in the Global South, governance and politics in Sub-Saharan Africa and issues of social justice. Her doctoral study seeks to better understand the drivers and inhibitors of companies’ (non)implementation of human rights principles in Ghana's extractive industries.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Cynthia completed a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialisation in Business and International Human Rights Law from York University (Canada). In 2019, Cynthia received the Governor General's Gold Medal, Canada's most prestigious academic award for students. 

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 (see

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

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