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Dr Lara Bianchi

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PhD (Grand Ecole Scuola Sueriore SantAnna PISA,)
Assistant Professor in Business and Society

Department: Strategy and International Business
Centre/Institute: International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
E-mail: Lara.Bianchi@nottingham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466135
Location: B9b (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Lara is a political scientist with expertise in human rights and responsible business conduct.

She is the Principal Investigator of a Global Challenges Research Fund - 'I am my dignity': A Moral Capability Assessment Tool (MCAT) for women's rights in fragile contexts.

Lara is currently an Assistant Professor in Business and Society at the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and a Rights Lab expert at the University of Nottingham, researching vulnerable workers and extreme forms of exploitation in global value chains.

Prior to this, she worked as the Programme Lead for the Business and Human Rights Catalyst at Alliance Manchester Business School. During her doctoral programme, she was seconded to the II Committee of the 66th United Nations General Assembly in preparation for the Rio+20 Conference, where UN Member States launched the drafting process of the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, Lara worked with the UN Office of the High Commissioner, drafting the scoping report of the OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project Phase III - "Non-State based non-judicial grievance mechanisms: an exploratory analysis".


Areas of Expertise
Business and human rights; women worker's rights in global value chains; dialogism; responsible business conduct.

External Roles
Board of Directors - Data Visualisation & Exploration Project, Digital Research, University of Nottingham

Lara's ongoing research focuses on global governance dynamics and the impacts of business on human rights, using ethics and dialogism as her main theoretical lenses.

Lara is currently the Principal Investigator of a GCRF Project - 'I am my dignity': A Moral Capability Assessment Tool (MCAT) for women's rights in fragile contexts.

The MCAT Project pioneers a ground breaking Moral Capability Assessment Tool that puts women's voice and agency at the centre of sustainable peace and development for all. The research focuses on the conflict-affected region of Mindanao in the Philippines and provides pre-conditional information on what is effective for women's economic and social upgrading at the interface of gender relations, armed conflict and rights abuses. The project takes in consideration how businesses play a central role in the achievement of sustainable peace and gender equality, in line with their assignment of direct responsibilities for human rights as established by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.

The MCAT is funded by Research England UKRI as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

In 2019, Lara was awarded an Advance Research Fellowship by the Nottingham University Business School, which was instrumental in the success of her GCRF proposal.

While at the University of Manchester, Lara was a co-investigator of an ESRC IAA on Gender Equality in Global Supply Chains, led by Professor Stephanie Barrientos, in partnership with the Ethical Trading Initiative.

Lara is currently co-supervising a PhD Student at the Alliance Manchester Business School working on non-judicial access to remedy.

Lara is module convenor of the following modules:


Undergraduate

Business, Human Rights and Sustainable Development (BUSI2044)


Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Lara's ongoing research focuses on global governance dynamics and the impacts of business on human rights, using ethics and dialogism as her main theoretical lenses.

Lara is currently the Principal Investigator of a GCRF Project - 'I am my dignity': A Moral Capability Assessment Tool (MCAT) for women's rights in fragile contexts. https://mcatnottingham.org/

The MCAT Project pioneers a ground breaking Moral Capability Assessment Tool that puts women's voice and agency at the centre of sustainable peace and development for all. The research focuses on the conflict-affected region of Mindanao in the Philippines and provides pre-conditional information on what is effective for women's economic and social upgrading at the interface of gender relations, armed conflict and rights abuses. The project takes in consideration how businesses play a central role in the achievement of sustainable peace and gender equality, in line with their assignment of direct responsibilities for human rights as established by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights.
The MCAT is funded by Research England UKRI as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

In 2019, Lara was awarded an Advance Research Fellowship by the Nottingham University Business School, which was instrumental in the success of her GCRF proposal.

While at the University of Manchester, Lara was a co-investigator of an ESRC IAA on Gender Equality in Global Supply Chains, led by Professor Stephanie Barrientos, in partnership with the Ethical Trading Initiative.

Lara is currently co-supervising a PhD Student at the Alliance Manchester Business School working on non-judicial access to remedy.
 

The following lists my publications from 2014 to the present day.

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