Originally a Social Anthropologist (Cambridge), with a Masters in Politics of the World Economy (London School of Economics), Kate returned to academia in 2003 to explore the rapidly expanding field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and corporate governance from a gender perspective. After conducting several research projects, she studied for her PhD at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School (2011). Her research has examined: the relationship between gender mainstreaming and CSR; the gender content of CSR reporting and stakeholder accountability processes; and pluralism within CSR governance from a gender perspective. She is currently exploring the contribution of feminist organization theory to CSR, and the relationship between CSR and feminist activism through a social movement theory lens. She is also involved in collaborative research on the role of culture in sustainable development practice in Australia.
Kate remains engaged with CSR practice as well as research, having served on the Global Reporting Initiative’s Gender Working Group (2010), and as advisor on ‘integrating a gender perspective’ to the United Nations Special Representative on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises (2009). She was a founding member of the multi-stakeholder Gender, Business and Human Rights Reference Group providing support and advice to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Kate has also acted as advisor to policy makers on gender and private sector accountability in the UK and Australia, and on gender and CSR to, among others, UNIFEM, Oxfam International, Plan International, UN Women, and the European Academy for Business in Society
Kate is a Visiting Fellow with the VELUX Chair in Corporate Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School, and with the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Nottingham University Business School. She has previously held research fellowships at the University of Queensland, Deakin University, and the Centre for Ethical Leadership at Melbourne Business School.