Corporate Accountability Research investigates and reports on the ways that business can act with heightened ethics and be more responsive to communities and workers. 

We conduct consultancies and independent research, and much of our research involves collaboration between academic centres and non-government bodies.

With the help of two research teams, we are currently undertaking three major research projects concerning non-judicial redress mechanisms, community-driven accountability and work in global supply chains. The projects are coordinated by two of our key researchers, Kate MacDonald and Shelley Marshall.

Click here to learn more about the background of our research and what corporate accountability means.

Founders and Coordinators

dr kate macdonald

Kate MacDonald is the co-coordinator of the project and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Her research examines emerging systems of global economic governance, with a particular focus on social, labour and human rights governance arrangements and their implications for developing countries. Before taking up her current job in Melbourne she held positions at London School of Economics, Australian National University and Oxford University. She has carried out research and consultancy work for a range of development and human rights organisations, including ActionAid Australia, Amnesty International and the UK ’s Corporate Responsibility Coalition.


dr shelley marshall

Shelley Marshall is the co-coordinator of the project and Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Australia. For more information about Shelley’s work, visit her website:

Shelley’s recent books include Living Wage (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Homeworking Women (Routledge, 2018). She is co-editor of Varieties of Capitalism, Corporate Governance and Employees (Melbourne University Press, 2008), and of Fair Trade and CSR: Experiments in Globalising Social Justice (Ashgate, 2010) (with Kate MacDonald).

Prior to commencing work as an academic she was employed as a public interest lawyer and on a campaign to improve the conditions of homebased workers in the textile clothing and footwear industry in Australia.




To learn more about our research team, click here.