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Researcher and Sessional Academic, University of Sydney

Ainsley obtained her PhD in international political economy in 2015. Her research focuses on private governance in the extractive sectors, multinational tax avoidance and MNC-state relations, particularly in the developing world. She teaches at both the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle across various politics and government subjects.

She was formerly a corporate banker with ANZ from 2007-2010.


  • 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)