CSR, Mining and Development in Namibia
My PhD research examined the intersection of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with development and poverty alleviation in the mining industry in Namibia. For this research I spent 10 months in the field in Namibia working with communities and mining companies. This research was predominantly qualitative involving interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders and also observation research. An institutional lens was applied in understanding the changing nature of CSR and its interactions with development in the mining industry in Namibia. The analysis also drew upon geographical theories of relational responsibility, ethical geographies and wider business ethics and CSR literature. Based on this PhD research I recently had an article published in the Journal of Business Ethics examining issues around mining community sustainability and viability.
Littlewood, D. & Russon, J. (2015) CSR, Mining and Development in Namibia, in Development Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility, Volume 1: Multinational Corporations and the Global Context, Greenleaf Publishing. Edited Jamali, D., Karam, C., & Blowfield, M. Greenleaf Publishing
Littlewood, D. (2015) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Mining and Sustainable Development in Namibia: Critical Reflections through a Relational Lens. Development Southern Africa. 32(2), pp.240-257. (DOI) 10.1080/0376835X.2014.984833
Littlewood, D. (2014) 'Cursed' Communities? Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Company Towns and the Mining Industry in Namibia. Journal of Business Ethics. 120: pp.39-63. (DOI) 10.1007/s10551-013-1649-7
Littlewood, D. (2011). Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Development and the Mining Industry in Namibia: Critical Reflections through a Relational Lens. Conference paper presented at Corporate Responsibility Research Conference (CRR), University of Leeds 12th-14th September