About me

I am a Lecturer in Corporate Governance in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. I teach on our LLMs in International Business Law and in Law and Technology. I also teach Company Law and Corporate Governance on our LLB programme. I currently director of the JD Programme, which is an innovative, research-led professional doctorate aimed at people who want to bring advanced research skills into the legal profession.

My main research interests focus on how to think about the corporate purpose, especially with regard to standard models of the shareholder-oriented corporation. I am also interested in normative questions around ideas of accountability, whether at the individual level or at the level of the corporation itself. My current fous is on how businesses, regulators and law put the language of human rights to work in addressing the impacts that business operations have on people, societies and the environment.

I welcome PhD proposals on accountability, corporate governance and social responsibility, business and human rights, and on organisational accountability, corruption and ethics more generally. I am increasingly interested in computation-led analyses of corporate governance, CSR etc. This website contains some links to my research.


  • Corporate Governance
  • Moral economy
  • Accountability
  • Computational text analysis


  • PhD in Political Philosophy, 2003

    University of Reading

  • MA in Political Theory, 1996

    University College Dublin

  • BA (mod) Economics and Philosophy, 1995

    Trinity College Dublin




School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Jan 2007 – Present Northern Ireland
Specialising in corporate governance; accountability; moral language; and corporate responsibility

ESRC Research Fellow

Institute of Governance, Queen’s University Belfast

Sep 2005 – Dec 2006 Northern Ireland
Associated with Research Project RES No 156-25-0033: Regulatory Regime Change in World Financial Markets

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute of Governance, Queen’s University Belfast

Sep 2003 – Aug 2005 Northern Ireland

Lecturer in Politics

University of Reading

Sep 2001 – Aug 2003 UK