Maureen Kilgour is a PhD candidate in the Public Management and Policy group at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. Her doctoral research, supervised by Professor Colin Crouch, examines the claims that the United Nations Global Compact can be an effective means of filling the global governance void. In particular, she is examining whether or not the Global Compact, as a voluntary corporate citizenship initiative, has advanced or has the potential to advance women’s equality in developing economies. Do transnational corporations who commit to respect the international human rights, labour rights and environmental principles of the Global Compact intend to implement these principles taking into consideration the fact that women as a group are differentially situated and are systemically and historically discriminated against in all states? In addressing these questions, it is hoped that this research will contribute to the debates over the most effective ways of addressing the negative impact of globalisation on disadvantaged populations.
Maureen has received scholarships from the Warwick Business School and the School of Graduate Studies, and has also been awarded a Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowship. She is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Business Administration at Collège universitare de Saint-Boniface (University of Manitoba) in Winnipeg, Canada, where she teaches Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, International Industrial Relations, Business-Government Relations, and Managing Diversity, as well as other related courses. She has an M.A. from the University of Essex and a B.A. First Class Honours from the University of Manitoba, both degrees focussing on post-World War II history and society. Maureen has also worked as a union negotiator and representative, negotiating collective agreements across Canada, has worked in policy implementation on gender equality and human rights issues, and has been a research consultant as a gender specialist on a variety of projects.