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Claire Parfitt is a Lecturer in political economy at the University of Sydney.

Claire completed her doctorate, "Ethics as an accumulation strategy: Risk and value in a speculative moral economy", in the Department of Political Economy in 2020. A critical engagement with ethical investing strategies, this research contributed to debates in the social studies of finance, moral philosophy, economic geography, cultural economy, intellectual property and interdisciplinary accounting literatures.

During the last two decades Claire has worked at the intersection of corporate accountability and socio-ecological justice, both within the academy and outside, looking at the places where capital is the most dynamic and the politics of accumulation present the greatest tensions. Most recently she has worked as a Senior Researcher and Strategist for the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research.


  • 2012–present
    Tutor, University of Sydney
  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2010–2011
    Researcher / Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • 2007–2010
    Researcher, UNI Global Union
  • 2005–2007
    Researcher / Campaigner, LHMU


  • 2021 
    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