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Eshani is a Reader in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Huddersfield Business School, Deputy Director of Graduate Education and Subject Group Leader in Research at the Department of Management.

She has previously worked at the University of Gloucestershire, University of Bradford and at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). Prior to the commencement of her academic career, she was an Assistant Manager in Human Resources in a large public sector organisation in Sri Lanka.

Eshani is a Commonwealth Scholar and has a PhD from the University of Bradford (UK). Her research focuses on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its governance in multinational contexts, corporate social reporting, and responsible management education.

Eshani’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics (FT 50 Journal), Long Range Planning, Business Strategy and Environment, Accounting Forum and Studies in Higher Education. She has also guest edited a special issue on the Global Governance of CSR in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics and is at present guest editing a special issue of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

Eshani’s teaching focuses on corporate responsibility from an international business perspective, exploring the actions of multinational corporations, global institutions and multi-actor networks in enabling responsible corporate behaviour, across multiple contexts.

Eshani’s research interests lie within the business and society domain, with a focus on evaluating the principles and fundamentals of corporate social responsibility and the governance of CSR within multinational corporations, with a geographical scope of developing and least-developed countries.

In particular, she evaluates the constructs and governance of CSR of multinational corporations, examining the influence of multiple actors on their effectuation of CSR, across different national institutional contexts. Her research provides much needed insights into the dynamic and complex nature of CSR governance in developing countries and as such informs, both multinationals and host-country actors on the effective utilisation of CSR.

Eshani is a member of the Academy of Management, International Association for Business and Society and the British Academy of Management. She is a reviewer for the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Business Ethics, Long Range Planning, European Management Review, International Business Review, Journal of Management Inquiry, Business Ethics: A European Review, and many others.

Eshani has also supervised several PhDs, and examined external theses at Doctoral level, in the UK, Australia and in India.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Business Strategy
  • Institutional Theory
  • Responsible Management Education
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Developing Countries
  • Purpose of Business
  • Fundamentals and Core Principles
  • Governance of CSR in Multinational Corporations
  • Corporate Social Reporting
  • National and Cross-National Studies
  • Business and society domain


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