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Dr Louise Obara

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Business and Management

School/department: Faculty of Business and Law

Address: Hugh Aston Building 4.40

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E: louise.obara@dmu.ac.uk

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Personal profile

A social scientist by training, Louise joined DMU after completing a PhD at Cardiff Business School on the management and implementation of human rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in UK companies. Previous to this, Louise worked as a Research Associate at the BRASS Research Centre (for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society) at Cardiff University. There she completed a variety of projects on responsible management, CSR, sustainability and stakeholder engagement. This included a large study focussing on community development, CSR and stakeholder management in the Ghanaian gold mining industry in conjunction with the Universities of Reading and Ghana. Louise has also worked in the public sector as a social worker (where she supported refugees and asylum seekers in Swindon), and as a research officer at the Welsh Government (where she co-managed the Government’s stakeholder engagement programme). 

Research group affiliations

Centre for Research in Accountability, Governance and Sustainability (CRAGS)

Publications and outputs 

  • Obara, L. J. 2017. “What Does This Mean?”: How UK Companies Make Sense of Human Rights. Business and Human Rights Journal, 2(2), pp. 249–273.
  • Obara, L.J. 2017. CSR and Corporate Governance: The Role of CSR Managers. The 16th International Conference on CSR and 7th Organisational Governance Conference, 30 August - 1 September 2017, University of Derby, UK.
  • Obara, L.J. and Robinson, P. K. 2011. Negotiating the Terrain: Doing Research Abroad. In. Franklin, A and Blyton, P. eds. Researching Sustainability: A Guide to Social Science Methods, Practice and Engagement. London: Earthscan, pp.190-208
  • Obara, L. J. 2011. Business and Human Rights: How Companies Determine their Human Rights Responsibilities. Corporate Responsibility Research Conference, September 12-14th, Leeds, UK. (Conference Paper)
  • Obara, L.J. and Jenkins, H. 2008. Land Use Disputes in Ghana's Mining Communities: Developing Sustainable Strategies. BRASS Working Paper Series, Number 36
  • Obara, L.J. 2008. Community Engagement in Sustainable Waste Management: The Case of Recycling in an Urban Context. In: Marsden, T. K. ed. Sustainable Communities: New Spaces for Planning, Participation and Engagement. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, pp. 201-224
  • Obara, L. J. 2008. The International Business Sectors Engagement with Human Rights: A Study of Company Human Rights Policies. ICCSR 6th Annual Symposium, November 7th, Nottingham, UK. (Conference Presentation)
  • Obara. L. J. 2006. Land Use Disputes in Ghana's Mining Communities: Developing Sustainable Strategies. International Sustainable Development Research Conference, 6-8th April, Hong Kong. (Conference Presentation)
  • Obara, L. J. and Jenkins, H. 2006. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mining Industry - The Risk of Community Dependency. The Corporate Responsibility Research Conference, September 4-5th, Dublin, Ireland. (Conference Paper)

Research interests/expertise

Louise’s research focuses on CSR, human rights and sustainability within multinational companies (MNCs). In particular, she explores how ethics, CSR and human rights are managed, implemented, measured and disclosed by MNCs as well as the drivers behind the extent and type of corporate responsibility. Whilst Louise’s research focuses on the people, governance systems and formal/informal management processes within businesses, she adopts a holistic approach that incorporates and explores the interaction of organisational & internal factors (such as employee values, leadership, and corporate culture), and environmental & external aspects (such as regulation, stakeholder pressure, and home/host country norms and traditions). Additionally, Louise has a keen interest in CSR and sustainability issues / governance at the international level particularly the work of the United Nations and initiatives in respect of CSR (e.g. Global Compact), business and human rights (e.g. UN Guiding Principles), corporate social performance (e.g. Principles for Responsible Investment, Global Reporting Initiative), and business ethics / CSR pedagogy (e.g. Principles for Responsible Management Education).

Areas of teaching

  • Business ethics, CSR, sustainability and human rights
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Management
  • Qualitative (Business) Research Methods

Qualifications

  • PhD (2015) Human Rights & CSR in UK companies (Cardiff University)
  • MSc (2009) Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University)
  • MA (2002) Human Rights (Essex University)
  • BSc (2001) Applied Social Studies (Bath University)

Courses taught

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (PG)
  • Contemporary Business Issues (UG)

Membership of external committees

  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • DMU Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Forum
  • British Academy of Management
  • Social Responsibility Research Network
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