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DR Kate MacDonald




  • I joined the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in January 2009. Before coming to Melbourne, I did my DPhil in the Department of International Development at Oxford (jointly supervised in the Department of Politics and International Relations), and I worked as a Fellow of Government (Global Politics) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University and a Research Officer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University.

    My research focuses on transnational governance and accountability systems, especially in relation to transnational business regulation, and accountability in the international development sector. I have conducted research and consultancy work on these topics for a range of NGOs including the Forest Stewardship Council, Amnesty International, ActionAid Australia, Oxfam Australia and the UK’s Corporate Responsibility Coalition, and I am currently on the advisory board of the Jubilee Australia Research Foundation.

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Additional Grant Information

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2014-2016) for the project The Ethical Responsibilities of Consumers , with Christian Barry and Bob Goodin.

    Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant (2011-2013) for the project Evaluating redress mechanisms governing the human rights practices of transnational business , with Shelley Marshall (Monash University), Fiona Haines (University of Melbourne), Tim Connor (Newcastle University); Sheldon Leader (Essex University) and Annie Delaney (Victoria University). Partner Organisations participating in the application are Oxfam Australia, ActionAid Australia, Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition (UK), Federation of Homeworkers Worldwide and ActionAid UK. 

    Oxfam-Monash Partnership Grant (2012-2013) for the project Community-Driven Accountability in Cambodia , with Shelley Marshall (Monash University), Adam McBeth (Monash University) and Oxfam Australia 

    Melbourne School of Government Incubator Grant (2014), for the project Transnational Influence over National Resource Governance , with Ian Williamson, Sven Feldmann, Sara Bice, and researchers from Universities of Sheffield, Gadjah Mada, Tokyo, PUC Chile, Indonesia, Monash, Queensland 

    University of Melbourne Faculty Research Grant , (2011-2012) for the project The Political Psychology of Ethical Consumerism , with Scott Brenton 

    University of Melbourne Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grant (2011-2012) for the project Temporary Migrant Workers and    


Education and training

  • DPhil, University of Oxford 2008
  • MA, University of Melbourne 2002
  • BA, University of Melbourne 2000
  • Bcom ( Hons), University of Melbourne 1999


Available for supervision

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