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Erin O'Brien

Dr Erin O’Brien is an Associate Professor and ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Her research examines political activism, advocacy, and participation with a focus on political consumerism. Dr O'Brien's current research examines the political mobilisation of consumers, shareholders and investors on a range of social justice issues including modern slavery and environmental degradation.

Her Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2021-2024) titled 'Australian civil society combating modern slavery with ethical consumerism' examines the shift in the framing of responsibility between the state, civil society, and corporate actors, and the norm adoption of ethical consumerism as a solution to complex multi-jurisdictional issues.

Dr O'Brien is concerned with studying the interplay between activists and the state in the construction of knowledge and formation of policy, with research interests in the areas of political activism, advocacy and resistance; political consumerism, shareholder activism, ethical consumption; tactics and influence of political interest groups; political narrative and storytelling; and modern slavery and human trafficking.

 

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