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Senior lecturer, University of Sydney

Ainsley Elbra is a researcher in the field of international political economy. Her work focuses on globalisation, private governance and business-state relations. She has published on the power of multinational corporations, with a particular focus on mining firms and their engagement with host states in the Global South. She is currently working on projects related to environmental, social and governance shareholder activism as well as governing the transition to renewable energy.


  • 2016–present
    Dr, University of Sydney


  • 2015 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2011 
    Macquarie University, Master of International Relations


  • 2015
    Perceptions of the Global Financial Crisis in the US, UK, Canada and Australia: A Comparative Editorial Analysis of the Legitimacy of Finance, Business and Politics
  • 2014
    Interests need not be pursued if they can be created: private governance in African gold mining, Business and Politics
  • 2014
    Gold Mining in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards private sector governance, The Extractives Industries and Society
  • 2013
    The Forgotten Resource Curse: South Africa's poor experience with mineral extraction, Resources Policy

Research Areas

  • Corporate Governance And Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • Comparative Government And Politics (160603)