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PhD Candidate, University of Sydney

Claire Parfitt is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Claire practiced law after graduation before moving to the trade union movement as a researcher and campaigner. She has worked for local and international trade unions and the environment movement, working on campaigns for labour and human rights, food sovereignty, and climate action.

Claire completed a Master of Arts (Research) at the University of Sydney exploring the political economy of agriculture, biotechnology and intellectual property law, before beginning her PhD. She is currently writing about responsible finance, ethics and the relationship between finance and social movements.


  • 2012–present
    Tutor, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2011
    Researcher / Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • 2007–2010
    Researcher, UNI Global Union
  • 2005–2007
    Researcher / Campaigner, LHMU


  • 2017 
    University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2013 
    University of Sydney , Master of Arts (Research)
  • 2009 
    Open University, UK, Graduate Certificate of Development Management
  • 2003 
    College of Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • 2002 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws