Priya Bala-Miller's research interests focus on the social impact of global businesses and capital markets. Her PhD research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), analyses the impact of shareholder engagement with companies that operate in "governance grey zones" such as conflict-affected areas and emerging economies.
Priya's research project draws inspiration from her academic and practical experience as an advocate of corporate social responsibility for over ten years. Following her undergraduate studies in Political Science, she interned and subsequently consulted for the United Nations Environment Programme's Division for Technology, Industry and Economics in Paris, France.
In her capacity as Senior Policy Officer at an international consumer rights organization, she led global research and campaigns calling for increased corporate social responsibility in a variety of industry sectors (food, ICT, pharmaceuticals, sportswear and tourism). During this time, she completed an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, where her dissertation examined the role of companies in the trade of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In addition to her graduate studies, Priya functions as the Program Manager for the Global Unions Committee on Workers' Capital where she coordinates global shareholder campaigns and research on the integration of extra financial risks in the investment decisions of large institutional investors and pension funds. Priya serves in a voluntary capacity as the Director for Organizational Development at the newly launched Coalition of Universities for Responsible Investing (CURI), the Columbia Foundation's Scholarship Committee and the UBC Graduate Student Society Council.
Priya is an active participant in the following professional networks:
- Canadian Business Ethics Research Network
- United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network
- Globescan Sustainability Survey Experts Group